Tab Wilkins has extensive experience leading local, regional and state organizations as well as working with federal agencies supporting technology-based economic development. After serving as a graduate fellow in the New York State legislature, he began work at the New York State Science and Technology Foundation. There, he helped develop New York’s industrial extension service and later helped to develop and manage New York’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership program. Mr. Wilkins subsequently helped found and then direct CONNSTEP, the Connecticut MEP while also leading a national study on MEP benchmarking and metrics. Later, he was Director of Operations for the Washington Technology Center in Seattle. He is currently a Regional Manager for Strategic Transition with the National Institute of Standards and Technology working primarily with Manufacturing Extension Partnership Centers in the Pacific and Northwest Regions. He has helped develop a number of new MEP initiatives such as their Emerging Leaders Program, re-design of their funding process and conducting research in comparative program development. He is active as a climber and a backcountry skier. Mr. Wilkins graduated from St. Olaf College with a B.A. in Economics and Norwegian and an M.B.A. in Manufacturing and Finance from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.