AURP, the leading nonprofit representing research parks, innovation districts and regional technology clusters, has announced what it described as “a realignment of its executive team to optimize AURP’s continued success and global development strategies.”
Vickie Palmer, current Director of Operations, has been appointed AURP Chief Executive Officer. succeeding Brian Darmody who becomes AURP’s Chief Strategy Officer. In that role, he will serve as AURP’s ambassador while growing the organization’s membership and sponsorship programs to expand the network among research parks, innovation districts and tech hubs, including government-industry-university partnerships.
Palmer assumes the top executive role after 15 years of experience significantly expanding AURP’s membership and sponsorship community, plus overseeing AURP’s roster of events and programs. During her time with AURP, Palmer has led the organization’s membership, event management and overall operations.