Director of Entrepreneurial Services, SPARK East Innovation Center & Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Lead, Ann Arbor SPARK
Anne Partington is the entrepreneurial services director at the SPARK East Innovation Center and also serves as the diversity, equity and inclusion lead for the organization. With more than two decades of global supply chain and product development leadership experience from the automotive industry at two of the big three automakers, she most recently ran a $3.5B global purchasing team. Anne brings a unique perspective to high tech entrepreneurship development from her varied background across business development, global purchasing, product development, and program management. Anne loves helping entrepreneurs succeed, working across industry verticals, and collaborating with partners.
Her degrees include a Bachelor’s of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor and a Masters in Management of Technology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Anne is also a certified Professional Innovator from the University of Michigan. As a technical, creative, and strategic leader, Anne has spent years helping develop companies, coaching organizations on leadership, culture building, and resiliency, running highly engaged teams as well as mentoring individuals to reach their potential. Anne has many interests outside of work including travel, mentoring, Toastmasters, and spending time with family including her rescue dog.