Karen Kerr ’89, the U.S. director of business development at Intellectual Ventures, has been appointed to serve a three-year term on the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology, the agency’s primary private-sector policy advisory group.
Kerr, a member of the Bryn Mawr College Board of Trustees, majored in chemistry at Bryn Mawr. As a doctoral student in physical chemistry at the University of Chicago, she helped draft a business plan for ARCH Venture Partners and found herself drawn to the world of venture capital. She turned down a National Science Foundation-funded postdoc position to join the inaugural class of Kauffman Fellows, an elite group of emerging leaders in “the cultivation of new high-technology, high-growth, high-impact companies.” She remained with ARCH until 2006, becoming its managing director before moving to Intellectual Ventures.
Kerr serves on the board of directors of the National Association of Seed and Venture Funds and is a member of both the National Science Foundation SBIR/STTR Advisory Committee and the Florida Technological Research and Development Authority Advisory Board, and the Physical Sciences Division Visiting Committee at the University of Chicago.