Matt Watson

Matt Watson
Senior Vice President
Empire State Development Division of Science, Technology, and Innovation

Matthew C. Watson has extensive experience in organizational management, program development, policy, and advocacy. His twenty-year career includes senior and executive roles in the public and private sectors, most recently serving as the Director of ESD’s division of Science, Technology, and Innovation (ESD/NYSTAR).  NYSTAR’s portfolio includes the: Centers of Advanced Technology, Centers of Excellence, High-Performance Computing, Hot Spots, Incubators, Regional Technology Development Centers, and other programs.  Additionally, Matt oversees ESD/NYSTAR’s newly developed federally funded technology acceleration service initiative, FuzeHub. Under his management, FuzeHub will serve as NYSTAR’s collaboration platform uniting the NYSTAR university and program partners in providing targeted, multi-disciplinary assistance to support technology acceleration and business growth in New York’s manufacturing base.  Previous positions include a management role with a leading global strategic communications firm, Fleishman-Hillard, where he advised corporate clients.

Recent Events and Presentations

November 17, 2020

ITIF hosted a two-part forum on innovative state-level manufacturing policies.