John Hardin is a Ph.D. graduate of UNC in Political Science who now serves as Executive Director of the Office of Science, Technology & Innovation in the North Carolina Department of Commerce. From 2003 to 2008, he served as the office’s Deputy Director and Chief Policy Analyst. In his current role he conducts strategic planning and makes recommendations for technology-based economic development, implements technology-related economic development policy and resource allocations, supervises the staff of the N.C. Board of Science and Technology, directs and oversees the administration of grant programs to support technology development and commercialization, and oversees strategic initiatives. He holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in political science from UNC, and a B.A. in economics from Baylor University.