Carol Rava’s last day as the CEO of the Technology Alliance was Thursday, June 14. Carol led the Tech Alliance for more than two years and built on the organization’s strong track record as an independent champion of Washington’s tech and innovation economy.

“Carol was a tremendous force in propelling the Tech Alliance forward,” said Board Chair Rogers Weed, in announcing Carol’s’ departure. “Under her leadership, the Tech Alliance built on its position as a leading broker of information and events that strengthen our state’s innovation economy.”

During Carol’s tenure, the Tech Alliance…

  • Connected top education, business, and government leaders with research and ideas about the tech & innovation economy, through annual luncheons featuring Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman (2018), LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman (2017) and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella (2016); the biennial Technology Institute (2017); and a variety of other events and targeted presentations. 

  • Informed the field through a variety of reports highlighting tech’s impact on education, research, and innovation, including the 2018 Benchmarking Survey, Measuring the Economic Impact of Research on Washington’s Economy, the ground-breaking, interactive Tech’s Impact Report showing where STEM jobs are dominating the state’s landscape, and studies on the state’s investment scene (both public and corporate).

  • Pursued the incubation of big ideas, building on a successful track record that includes launching the Alliance of Angels and Ada Developer’s Academy, the Tech Alliance is pursuing similar game-changing projects in talent development, investment, and preparing for tech’s impact.

Carol has accepted a position with AstrumU, a start-up working in the higher education-career outcomes industry. Mary Beth Lambert will serve as the Interim Executive Director for the Technology Alliance and can be reached at


Mary Beth Lambert

Interim Executive Director

Mary Beth has called Seattle home for over 20 years. She is driven by change, innovation, and the opportunity to create social impact. Mary Beth is a senior strategist with deep communications, policy, and advocacy experience. She has worked for a range of non-profits, foundations, and education institutions including the League of Education Voters, College Spark Washington, Washington Roundtable, and the University of Washington. For the past three years, she led communications for the K12 education team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Mary Beth can be reached at or 206.335.0191.