David Brukardt

Associate Vice President, Office of Economic Development, UW System

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

David Brukardt is associate vice president of economic development for the University of Wisconsin System, a position jointly funded by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). In this position, he serves as the UW System’s lead economic development official, working to strengthen relationships between the UW System and businesses statewide, and to connect researchers among the various campuses to drive statewide economic growth.

Prior to assuming this position in June of 2012, David had 20 years of public affairs experience with global organizations and entrepreneurial startups. Most recently, he served as executive vice president of investor and corporate relations for Sterling Financial Corp. in Spokane, Washington.

David earned his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Maryland and his undergraduate degree from Marquette University. He also graduated from the ABA National Banking School in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Speaking Topics:

  • UW System economic development initiatives
  • WiSyS Foundation support for tech transfer and product commercialization on UW campuses statewide
  • UW System initiatives related to research, economic development and innovation
  • UW System/WEDC partnership on faculty and student talent development, innovation and job creation


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