Katie Davison joined Innovate Springfield as executive director in February of 2016. Katie oversees the strategic advancement of Innovate Springfield and directs the implementation of the incubator’s core programs: social innovation and business incubation. As the organization's first executive director, Katie has led Innovate Springfield through its startup phase and supported the growth of the organization by increasing membership, improving general awareness about the incubator, and broadening the community of experts and supporters.
Under Davison’s leadership, Innovate Springfield successfully transitioned from it’s founding organization, the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln, to University of Illinois - Springfield at the Center for State Policy and Leadership in August 2018. Becoming a university-led incubator allows the organization to tap into the vast resources offered by UIS, the UI System, and state networks. Katie also creates opportunities for university faculty, students, and staff to engage with Innovate Springfield services and activities.
Prior to Innovate Springfield, Katie spent 13 years at Northern Illinois University, Center for Governmental Studies where she managed numerous large-scale information technology, workforce and economic development, human service, and local governance projects. Her focus areas included strategic planning, economic development, and public policy research. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale. Katie is a Springfield native and returned in 2013 to raise her family in the best big little-city in the Midwest. She and her husband, Ryan, have three boys Arthur, Isaac, and Jacob.