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Tim Schwartz

Executive Director, California Institute for Innovation and Development (CIID)

As executive director of CIID at the Rady School of Management, Tim Schwartz provides guidance and oversight for the center’s programs for innovation leadership and entrepreneurship across UC San Diego. He collaborates with colleagues at the Rady School and across the campus to provide students access to multidisciplinary training, experiential programs and venture creation accelerators. He facilitates entrepreneurship by connecting students to practice-based learning opportunities such as working in community startups and UC San Diego projects.

Prior to assuming his leadership role at CIID in 2021, Schwartz was co-founder and inaugural executive director of UC Santa Barbara’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Engineering Management. He created educational and experiential programs; built integrated networks of alumni, donors, investors and domain experts; and assisted in the launching of several startups. Schwartz has also worked at startups, and managed corporate relations at UC Berkeley’s College of Chemistry and UC Santa Barbara’s College of Engineering. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from

UC San Diego.