Egils Milbergs is the founder and CEO of the Center for Accelerating Innovation. He is a noted thought leader in innovation ecosystems, advanced manufacturing and global competitiveness. During his career he implemented the far-reaching Bayh-Dole Act, directed the President's Commission on Industrial Competitiveness for Ronald Reagan, led the National Advanced Manufacturing Leadership Council, advised the National Innovation Initiative and managed a public-private commission on economic development for Washington State.
Egils is the former executive director of the Washington Economic Development Commission. During his tenure from 2008-2013, the Commission championed a ground-breaking innovation-based model for economic development; recruited world class entrepreneurial researchers to grow multi-disciplinary research capabilities with high commercial potential; financed over 30 Entrepreneurs-in-Residence at the University of Washington and Washington State University; and, led the award winning Innovation Partnership Zones program to national recognition by the Council of State Legislatures and National Governors Association.
His prior experience includes originating the “innovation ecosystem” framework for National Innovation Initiative of the Council on Competitiveness, president of the National Council for Advanced Manufacturing, president of the bi-partisan Institute for Illinois and chief strategist for Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology. As Deputy Assistant Secretary for productivity, technology and innovation for the U.S. Commerce Department under Malcolm Baldridge he led implementation of the Bayh-Dole Act, Stevenson-Wydler Act, Federal Technology Transfer Act, US metric system and cooperative R&D initiatives. He was instrumental in establishing the Baldridge National Quality Award. He also served the White House as executive director of the President’s Commission on Industrial Competitiveness (Young Commission) which produced the landmark report to President Ronald Reagan: Global Competition—The New Reality which continues to influence competitiveness policy to this day.
His early career involved stints at the Office of Management and Budget, President’s Advisory Council on Executive Organization and as a “futurist” and program manager at SRI International. He is a graduate of Harvard College.