New & Notable: Rebecca Conwell
President and CEO, University of New Orleans Research and Technology Foundation
“I have witnessed firsthand the value University of New Orleans brings to the table when our area economic development entities and city work together.”
What do the United States Navy, Hancock Whitney Bank and Eurofins Technology have in common? They’re all tenants at the 800,000-square-foot UNO Research and Technology Park, which, as of May 1 of this year, is led by Rebecca Conwell, president and CEO of The University of New Orleans Research and Technology Foundation.
Conwell is approaching her new job with excitement and an eye to the future.
“I have always been attracted to professional opportunities that allow me to build on my passion and expertise while providing an environment to make a real difference; this job certainly hits those marks,” she said. “I have witnessed firsthand the value University of New Orleans brings to the table when our area economic development entities and city work together.”
Conwell previously held leadership roles at the New Orleans Recreation Department and with the city of New Orleans under Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
While she stepped into a new role during a global pandemic, Conwell said she feels confident about the future.
“The foundation was created to support UNO research, scholarship and economic development in the New Orleans region, all areas that are profoundly impacted by the new guidelines we have to follow as we acclimate during this pandemic,” she said. “We will continue to support the university and our tenants as they bring employees and students back to campus by exploring new ways to leverage the strength of our public-private partnership.”
DID YOU KNOW?
Members of the Research & Technology Park enjoy the opportunity to partner with UNO researchers and students.