Wayne Johnson

Wayne Johnson, Commercial Ventures and Intellectual Property

Executive Director - UMass Innovation Institute

Educational Background

BA - Colgate University
MBA - Boston College, Carroll School of Management


Wayne Johnson is a nationally renowned expert in domestic and international innovation ecosystems and experienced at creating complex partnerships between government, academia, industry, and nongovernmental organizations. Before joining Caltech, Johnson served as an independent consultant on strategic corporate initiatives for clients such as the National Science Foundation, the University of Texas at El Paso, the Government University Industry Research Roundtable, and the Intuit Corporation. From 2001 to 2009, Johnson was vice president of university relations worldwide for Hewlett-Packard Company; and from 2000 to 2001, he was manager of university relations for Microsoft Research. Prior to that, Johnson contributed in a number of management and operations roles at Raytheon Company and served as an adjunct professor of management at Boston University from 1977 to 1999.

Johnson received his BA from Colgate University and an MBA from Boston College’s Carroll School of Management. He is a board member of the Alliance for Science and Technology Research in America, the Wentworth Institute of Technology Board of Trustees, the National Leadership Council for the national initiative Liberal Education and America’s Promise, and the Kauffman Foundation iBridgeSM Network Strategic Advisory Board.