Commissioner Dr. Robert D. Atkinson
Commissioner Dr. Robert D. Atkinson (Commission Chair) is President of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a Washington, DC-based technology policy think tank. He has an extensive background in technology policy, has conducted ground-breaking research projects on technology and innovation, is a valued adviser to state and national policy makers, and is a popular speaker on innovation policy nationally and internationally. He serves on several boards and advisory committees and is a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He received his Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989.