Director of Strategic Growth
Anne Ward serves as Director of Strategic Growth for the Indiana Innovation Institute (IN3). Prior to joining IN3, Ward served as Associate Director of Government Affairs at Battelle, the largest independent R&D organization in the U.S., where she helped create strategy and drive growth. She led and managed the review and analysis process of federal agency budgets, legislation and regulatory actions to identify business opportunities and risk. She also developed and executed government education and advocacy strategies to support business priorities.
Ward has held multiple positions combining federal public policy, industry innovation, academic strategic initiatives and political advocacy providing a rounded perspective on driving innovation within the national security infrastructure and underlying U.S. industrial base.
Previously, at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, Ward served as Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives. In this role, she oversaw key initiatives including the launch, evolution and growth of the Darden’s opening in and pivot to Northern Virginia.
Ward’s private sector industry credentials also include multiple defense industry trade association roles including; the Aerospace Industries Association, National Security Policy Council, Supplier Management Council and the Workforce Policy Council. Her experience includes industrial base policy, DOD partnerships and the association’s national STEM program.
In addition to federal public policy and industry experience, Ward has managed a number of political campaigns and worked with a variety of PACs and advocacy organizations.
Ward holds a degree in Political Science from Wake Forest University.