Mary Walshok

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Mary Walshok, Ph.D. is associate vice chancellor for public programs and dean of Extension at the University of California San Diego. She oversees a $35 million division that educates 55,500 enrollees annually, plus UCSD-TV and UCTV, which reach 22 million households and millions more through the web. A thought leader on aligning workforce development with regional economic growth, she is the author of Blue Collar Women, Knowledge Without Boundaries, Closing America’s Job Gap and Invention and Reinvention: The Evolution of San Diego’s Innovation Economy and co-editor of Creating Competitiveness: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Policies for Growth and The Oxford Handbook of Local Competitiveness (forthcoming 2014). She has also authored more than 100 reports and articles on the regional competencies and social dynamics essential to building knowledge-based clusters and high-wage jobs. As an industrial sociologist, she has researched various American regions for the U.S. Department of Labor, NSF, and Lilly Foundation. Walshok’s research activities include having served as the Principal Investigator for the evaluation of 13 Generation I WIRED regions funded by the U.S. Department of Labor; a NSF-funded project comparing the distinctive social dynamics of three innovation regions – Philadelphia, St. Louis, and San Diego; and an assessment of efforts to sustain and grow the robust orthopedic device industry in Warsaw, Indiana for BioCrossroads. Walshok is active on numerous community and national boards and is a co-founder of CONNECT, one of the most admired innovation cluster development organizations in the world.