Mass. Tech Collaborative chief Goldberg resigns

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BOSTON – There’s change afoot at the top of the economic development agency charged with fostering electronic health records, expansion of high-speed internet access and the state’s so-called innovation economy.

In a letter on Thursday, Pamela Goldberg, the chief executive of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative and a prominent player in trade and tech efforts under former Gov. Deval Patrick, announced her resignation.

Goldberg expressed pride in the work she had accomplished leading the quasi-public agency since 2011 and announced she would resign effective May 31.

“I am proud that, along with my team, we have built a 1000 mile middle mile broadband network, affected the use and interoperability of electronic health records, built bridges between the tech community and state government, expanded the use of internships and mentorships within digital tech, tracked the competitive growth of the MA innovation economy through our Innovation Index, and created collaborations between academia and industry to promote new technology sectors through the R&D Matching Grant Program,” Goldberg wrote in a letter to state Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash.

The collaborative is known in law as the Massachusetts Technology Park Corporation, and it oversees the Massachusetts Broadband Institute, electronic health initiatives and the John Adams Innovation Institute, said Paul McMorrow, Ash’s director of policy and communications.

The collaborative is also in charge of administering the capital and the contracts in a public-private partnership endorsed by the Department of Defense to establish the headquarters of an advanced fabrics institute in Cambridge, according to McMorrow.

The collaborative’s executive board granted Assistant Secretary of Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship Katie Stebbins – who holds Ash’s seat as chairman of the board – the authority to appoint an interim executive director and start the search for a replacement, according to McMorrow.

In a statement, Ash thanked Goldberg and wished her “the very best” on her decision to return to the private sector.

Written by Andy Metzger