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Carroll Thomas

Carroll Thomas


Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Carroll A. Thomas is a member of ITIF’s board. She is a recognized expert in partnership development and change management with more than 35 years public/private sector experience. A former small business owner, she served in the U.S. Department of Commerce as acting associate director for innovation and industry services at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and as director of the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

An expert in policy and administration of nationwide public/private partnership focused on small and medium-sized manufacturers, Thomas previously was associate administrator of the Small Business Administration’s Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), serving America’s 25 million small businesses and budding entrepreneurs across the country. In private industry, her leadership and management experience has included roles with the preeminent electronic retailer QVC and with the National Gallery of Art.

Thomas is a graduate of Drexel University’s Nesbitt College of Design and the John Hopkins Carey School of Business MBA program.

Recent Publications

April 12, 2021

Next Steps for Ensuring America’s Advanced Technology Preeminence

As technology and industry strategy experts, we commend Congress and the Biden administration for focusing on ensuring U.S. advanced technology competitiveness. Toward that end, we offer a number of recommendations for further action.

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Recent Events and Presentations

May 17, 2023

The Great Debate Over Technology and Prosperity

ITIF hosted a spirited debate between ITIF President Rob Atkinson and economist Simon Johnson, author of the new book Power and Progress: Our Thousand-Year Struggle Over Technology and Prosperity.

April 27, 2023

Reviving America’s Hamiltonian Tradition to Win the Economic Competition With China

Please join ITIF for an all-day conference with leading experts and policymakers to explore why and how Washington can look to Hamiltonianism for guidance in how to win the techno-economic contest with China.

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