Steve Hoey – Vice Chair

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Steve Hoey is currently Portfolio Manager of technology startup companies incubating at EvoNexus. EvoNexus is Southern California’s leading non-profit startup technology incubator and hub for the startup community with locations in San Diego and Irvine.  Previously, Steve spent 11 years at CONNECT, a non-profit tech and life sciences accelerator in San Diego. Most recently Steve served as Vice President of the Springboard Accelerator Program and Innovation Research at CONNECT. Steve is also a researcher, author and speaker on innovation and economic development, and was the head if CONNECT’s research on the innovation economy in San Diego and California. The main report released by Steve’s research group was the CONNECT Innovation Report, which tracks the health of the San Diego innovation economy by providing a comparison across technology and life sciences industry clusters to selected regions and monitoring availability of various types of capital. Steve also conducts regional innovation ecosystem assessments as an external consulting service for CONNECT. Steve has created regional innovation economy assessments for San Diego, Riverside County and the State of Hawaii.  Prior to joining CONNECT, Steve served as a senior engagement manager for Oliver Wyman in the company’s New York and European offices. While at Oliver Wyman, he specialized in the financial services industry strategy practice working with global investment, commercial private banking and insurance and asset management institutions.

An accomplished amateur musician, Steven left consulting to pursue his passion for music and pursued studies in music composition. He completed his Masters of Fine Arts degree in Music Composition at the California Institute of the Arts as a Betty Freeman Scholar where he studied with Pulitzer Prize winning faculty member Mel Powell and Stephen Mosko. He served as a faculty member there for two years before relocating to San Diego to pursue his doctoral studies. Steven received his PhD in Music Composition at the University of California at San Diego studying with Chinary Ung. Steven won the Dutilleux Prize for International Composition for his solo piano work, Artifact I, and was awarded the Charles Ives Scholarship from The American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2006. Steven received the Thomas Nee Commission from the La Jolla Symphony Orchestra, and his work Five Rivers was premiered by the orchestra. His dissertation research was supported by a UCSD Humanities Graduate Student Grant, which Steve was awarded, and by a grant from The American Music Center Composer Assistance Program.

Steve holds the following degrees: A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard University, M.Phil from Oxford University, MFA from California Institute of the Arts and Ph.D. from University of California at San Diego.