TechConnect West Virginia
Anne Barth is the Executive Director of TechConnect West Virginia, a non-profit organization focused on driving innovation, cultivating entrepreneurship and creating greater economic diversity. With a coalition representing higher education, private industry and the public sector, TechConnect leads innovation-based economic development in the state. Under her leadership, Barth has helped to advance programs and initiatives that foster startups, commercialization and entrepreneurship, while also founding the WV Women & Technology Conference.
She was appointed to the WV Economic Development Authority by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin in November 2016, and also serves on the West Virginia Science & Research Council. She is a member of the WVU Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering & Mineral Resources Advisory Committee, the WV Manufacturing Extension Partnership Advisory Committee, the WV Small Business Development Center Advisory Committee, the WVU Women’s Business Center Advisory Committee, the WV Bioscience Association and Advantage Valley Board of Directors.
Prior to joining TechConnect, she served as State Director for U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd for more than two decades. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and a Master’s Degree in Corporate and Organizational Communications from West Virginia University.