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About iiED

The iiED focuses the resources of CSU Monterey Bay, other regional educational institutions, successful entrepreneurs, and other regional resources to build and support the Monterey Bay entrepreneurial ecosystem.

iiED vision

Building a sustainable economy in the Monterey Bay region through a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem.

iiED mission

Supporting entrepreneurship and innovation in the Monterey Bay region through:

  • Developing and disseminating knowledge, expertise, and financial resources
  • Collaborating with regional and global public and private organizations
  • Deliver applied research, programs and events

iiED programs

California State University Monterey Bay’s Institute for Innovation and Economic Development (iiED) offers programs that work toward developing entrepreneurs and supporting innovation ideas that lead to new business opportunities and job growth for students and community members.


Leadership Team

Brad Barbeau, PhD, Executive Director

Dan Ripke, Director, Economic Development, Funding and Grants

Mary Jo Zenk, MBA, Program Manager

Eric Tao, PhD, Founding Director

Associated Professors and Researchers

Chi-Chun Chou, PhD, College of Business

Dante Di Gregorio, PhD, College of Business

Jason Henderson, School of Computing and Design

Miguel Lara, PhD, School of Computing and Design

Shwadhin Sharma, PhD, College of Business

Heiko Wieland, PhD, College of Business


Anjika Grinager, Web and Graphic Designer

Chris Caruthers, Field Placement Intern

Harrison Deal, Print and Web Design Intern

Kennedy Marshall, Marketing Intern

Natalie Horvath, Event Management Intern

Institute for Innovation and Economic Development

(831) 582-3230