Rebecca Bagley serves as Vice Chancellor for Economic Partnerships and works with senior leadership at Pitt to develop a strategic plan for the University in economic development. She is also developing and overseeing effective public and private partnerships that connect and advance the University and have regional and national impact. She also serves as a liaison with government, community leadership and the business community on matters pertaining to economic development.
Bagley was formerly the President and Chief Executive Officer of NorTech, a technology-focused organization that worked to strengthen Northeast Ohio's economic vitality by accelerating the pace of innovation in the region. NorTech used its expertise in emerging industries to foster an innovation environment that provided companies of all sizes, higher education and research institutions, and individuals of diverse backgrounds with new opportunities for collaboration that created jobs and attracted capital having a long-term, economic impact. NorTech also connected with government leaders and other influencers to raise the visibility of Northeast Ohio's assets to position the region as an innovation hub and to attract resources.
Prior to joining NorTech, Bagley was Deputy Secretary for the Technology Investment Office of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). She previously served as Director of the Venture Investment for DCED and managed venture and real estate investment programs. Before joining DCED, Bagley worked for several investment banks, most notably JPMorgan Chase, where she advised energy and technology companies on mergers and acquisitions and raising capital in the high yield bond group and oil and gas group.
Bagley holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She and her husband John live in Pittsburgh with their two daughters. She frequently participates in triathlons with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training.