Innovate Birmingham has strategically built out a lean and nimble team to lead our efforts.
The team was specifically crafted to align skill sets and create synergies that would benefit Birmingham.
Bob serves as Executive Director of Innovate Birmingham. He has been a venture capitalist with a strong success record for the last decade. He has the independence to select opportunities that will allow him to have more operational involvement with high growth, venture backed companies. Bob has been a leader and partner in Alabama in moving Technology-Based Economic Development forward for several years. He is pleased to return to his operational roots, and leverage his experience as an institutional venture capitalist to create sustainable value through Innovate Birmingham.
He is a member of the board of directors for Shipt, CareSync, Axial Exchange, Healthcare Interactive, the Southeast Medical Device Association, the Florida Venture Forum, the Innovation Depot in Birmingham, AL, and the Atlanta Venture Forum. Bob also serves as a member of the Investment Advisory Board for the Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research and the Florida High Tech Corridor Council. He is a Venture Fellow at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, a member of the Advisory Board for the STEM Path to MBA at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, and is a Visiting Executive at Auburn University.
Bob was a Partner with Harbert Management Corporation (HMC) for the last nine years. He served as senior vice president/general manager of the Pharmacy Services Division at U.S. Oncology, a privately held, vertically integrated cancer care provider network. Bob was also a senior executive at Cardinal Health, where he served as vice president of new ventures. In 1994, Bob founded Surgical Innovations and Services, Inc. (SIS), a surgical laser management company. Under his leadership, SIS became a leader in the emerging outsource management sector. In 2000, SIS merged with Surgical Laser Technologies, Inc. (SLTI). Bob continued as president of SIS and served as vice president of sales, marketing and business development for SLTI, until he exited the company following its acquisition by publicly-traded Photomedex, Inc.
Bob is a graduate of the University of Georgia and holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Chemistry.
Lakey Boyd, AICP, CEcD
Lakey is serving as Director of Innovate Birmingham’s operations. She is known for finding the signal in the noise, telling the story in the data, and distilling complexities into easy-to-understand solutions. She has been involved in efforts to identify, support, and grow entrepreneurs and small businesses. She has helped develop and pilot programs for getting start-ups off the ground, and to see them evolve and thrive at second stage and beyond.
Lakey has been both a leader and strategic advisor in building partnerships to deliver funding, time, and in-kind services for individual plans, projects, and programs. She has also been a key team member in communicating results and impacts back to funders and key partners. She is quite familiar with how to bring teams together, especially through assisting people and organizations in joining forces by finding common ground. Lakey has completed work around economic development, redevelopment, and innovation positioning throughout the Southeast.
Lakey is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) with the International Economic Development Council,as well as a Certified Planner (AICP) with the American Institute of Certified Planners. Lakey earned her Masters of City Planning from Georgia Tech, with a dual specialization in both Economic Development and Land Development. She also obtained a graduate certificate in Real Estate from Georgia State University’s MBA program. She received her Bachelor of Science in Urban Studies from Georgia State University.
Lakey grew up moving frequently, and remembers well what it's like to be the "new kid;" she holds dear early lessons in how you have to build community from the ground up. Lakey has built a life with her husband and daughter, as well as friends she embraces as family. She enjoys spending time outdoors and loves to cook to bring people together over a meal to share food and each other’s company.
Kellie Clark is our Coordinator and has previous experience leading non-profit organizations in the areas of program management and sustainable fund development. Her “wins” include everything from leading six figure peer-to-peer virtual fundraising campaigns for Magic Moments and LAPS for CF to driving technical assistance for Alabama Association of Nonprofit’s sustainability review of 98 nonprofit organizations in Central Alabama.
She has a reputation as an intuitive problem solver, pragmatist, and natural born researcher. As a former AmeriCorps alumna, she has an affinity for community service and currently gives her time and talent to various non-profit organizations in the southeast. Kellie is a two-time graduate of Auburn University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Public Political Science and a Masters of Public of Administration, with a concentration in Economic and Community Development.
Kellie spends her free time engaging in outdoor sports and serving as Alabama’s Team Leader for Outdoor Afro, a national organization with the expressed mission to “celebrate and inspire African-American connections in nature.” When she’s not managing projects or climbing mountains, you can find Kellie in the kitchen alongside her husband, serving as his designated "sous chef" or chasing after their toddler.
Yuval Yossefy is joining Innovate Birmingham as our Data Analyst through his fellowship with Venture for America. VFA recruits top college graduates and assists in placing them in startups in cities with emerging entrepreneurial ecosystems, where they spend two years building companies that matter.
Yuval is a recent graduate of Brown University. He completed a Bachelor of Science degree in the History of Economic Theory. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, eating good food, and spending time with close family and friends. Having recently moved to The Magic City, Yuval can't wait to explore the city until he can confidently call it home!
Innovate Birmingham’s lean team of staff works closely with the volunteer Work Groups organized around key areas that we support, connect, and leverage. We have purposefully chosen to work through a network of small, strategic, action-oriented Work Groups for implementation.
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