Susannah Malarkey is a senior advisor to APCO’s technology practice and a member of APCO’s International Advisory Council.
Ms. Malarkey spent 20 years as the founding executive director of the Technology Alliance, a statewide organization of leaders from technology businesses and research institutions dedicated to Washington State’s long-term economic success. Through programs, events, data analysis, and policy activities, the Tech Alliance advances excellence in education, research, and entrepreneurship to support the growth of high-impact industries; the creation of high-wage jobs; and economic prosperity for the entire state.
During her tenure at the Technology Alliance, Ms. Malarkey spearheaded the State of Technology luncheon – the premiere annual event for the technology community – with keynote speakers that have included Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Steve Ballmer, Eric Schmidt, and Satya Nadella. She also created the Technology Institute, a biannual three-day retreat which brings together key legislative and technology leaders to address critical public policy issues that impact technology in Washington State. Outcomes from this event have brought notable change to K-12 and higher education policy, as well as introduced innovations to support entrepreneurship. Ms. Malarkey also created Science and Technology Discovery Series, a monthly program showcasing current topics in science and technology and promoting wider understanding of the research enterprise. Over 140 leading scientists, including two Nobel prize-winners, have presented their breakthrough discoveries over the past 19 years.
Ms. Malarkey spearheaded a variety of notable initiatives designed to grow, fund and elevate the technology sector in the Pacific Northwest. She is a co-creator and former Executive Committee Member of the Alliance of Angels, one of the largest and most active angel groups in the Pacific Northwest which, since its inception in 1997, has invested more than $90M into 200 companies since and has celebrated more than 40 exits. She also co-founded the Ada Developers Academy, a highly innovative and intensive software training program for women, which was launched in 2013 and spun out as a separate non-profit in 2015. It continues to grow, graduating 75 women annually with no previous computer science training into software developer positions at the region’s top tech firms.
Ms. Malarkey is a public speaker on a variety of topics including entrepreneurship, STEM education, the role of the research enterprise in regional innovation, and the drivers of success for technology-based economies. A sixth generation Northwest native, she has an M.S. in Public Affairs and B.S. in Community Services, both from the University of Oregon.