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David Washburn

David Washburn

Executive Director, Michigan State University Foundation

Current Focus

David Washburn is Executive Director of the Michigan State University Foundation that has a focus on programs that drive economic development, technology transfer and corporate initiatives. Dave also serves as Executive Director of Spartan Innovations, a venture accelerator and pre-seed subsidiary company of the MSU Foundation.
He was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to the Executive Committee of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation in 2015.

Professional Background

Dave also has over 12 years of sales, marketing and business development experience in venture backed software companies in the programming and scientific tools sector including Argus Systems Group (acquired by General Dynamics), InstallShield (acquired by Macrovision), Kuck & Associates (acquired by Intel), and Wolfram Research.

Education and Personal

A native of Illinois, Dave holds a BA and MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as well as the CLP designation from the Licensing Executives Society. He and his wife Angie are the parents of two teenagers and they reside in East Lansing.


Michigan State University Foundation
Spartan Innovations
MBI International