Innovation and Strategy Executive Louis Stewart Appointed to CCST Board of Directors

January 22, 2024 | ,   | Contact: Keleigh Friedrich

A headshot of Louis Stewart in a business suit and tie.
Louis Stewart

Appointed as an Independent Director, Louis brings experience in the public and private sectors, innovation, business diversity, and technology

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Louis Stewart, an innovation and strategy executive with more than 19 years of experience in the private sector and 13 years serving in the public sector, has been appointed to the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) Board of Directors as an independent director.

Louis Stewart is currently the Head of Strategic Initiatives for NVIDIA’s global Developer Ecosystem. In this role, he works with minority serving institutions, government entities, industry partners and a variety of affinity groups to build relationships that enable an increase in tech preparedness, grow the overall developer base, and foster a more inclusive AI community.

“We are delighted to welcome Louis to our Board,” said Board Chair Peter Cowhey, PhD. “Between his extensive experience bridging the public-private divide and his deep engagement with innovation and emerging technologies, he brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise that will be invaluable to CCST in his position as an independent board director.”

Mr. Stewart has served in various public sector roles for 13 years, including the City of Sacramento’s first Chief Innovation Officer and 7 years serving as California’s Deputy Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. His professional experience also includes nearly two decades in the private sector in program management, sales, marketing, business diversity and information technology.

Mr. Stewart’s appointment fulfills one of eight independent board positions from California’s business, policy, and philanthropic communities. The remaining 11 board positions represent CCST’s partner institutions: the University of California, California State University System, National Laboratories, California Institute of Technology, Stanford University, the University of California, and the California Community College System. The Board of Directors supports CCST’s mission to provide independent and objective advice to decision makers on public policy issues important to the State of California.

Read Mr. Stewart’s biography on his Board page.



About the California Council on Science and Technology
The California Council on Science and Technology is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization established via the California State Legislature — making California’s policies stronger with science and technology since 1988. We engage leading experts in science and technology to advise State policymakers — ensuring that California policy is strengthened and informed by scientific knowledge, research, and innovation.

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