Senior Vice President, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, University of California, Office of the President
Dr. Christine Gulbranson is Senior Vice President of Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the University of California, the nation’s largest public research university with ten campuses, five medical centers, three affiliated national laboratories, and a statewide agriculture and natural resource program. Gulbranson leads a team that is empowering greater collaborations and translation of research and innovation into the marketplace. She is forging alliances and partnerships in government, private and philanthropic sectors to create new opportunities for research and economic growth.
For more than a decade, Gulbranson was CEO of Christalis, a strategic advisory firm specializing in business development, technology transfer and funding assistance for high-tech clients. Bridging her skills as a scientist, engineer, entrepreneur and investor, Gulbranson was founding CEO of the first renewable energy accelerator, the Nevada Institute for Renewable Energy Commercialization and has helped build national entities such as the national industry association, Advanced Energy Economy.
As a senior fellow with the Kauffman Foundation, she led the foundation’s clean technology initiatives and supported the development of commercial innovation at the university level. Gulbranson was a partner at venture capital firm, Global Catalyst Partners, where she invested in seed and early-stage companies in IT, software and materials.
At Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Gulbranson established an incubator to accelerate entrepreneurial business growth and technology commercialization and started her career at UC Office of the President as director of research collaborations, providing leadership in the creation and evaluation of large-scale collaborations among universities, national labs and industries.
Gulbranson has received multiple awards for her work, including being recognized as “Innovator of the 21st Century” by MIT Technology Review and “40 Under 40” of Silicon Valley business leaders. She was also a judge on “The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius,” the Discovery Channel’s engineering competition show, which aired globally in over 100 countries.
Gulbranson holds five degrees from UC Davis: a bachelor’s degree in physics; a bachelor’s, a master’s and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering and materials science; and a MBA.