Ann Carpenter

Ann Lee Carpenter brings more than 30 years of experience in strategic planning, marketing, business development, and community outreach in private industry, nonprofit organizations, and as an entrepreneur. She has served as an advisor, coach, and mentor to entrepreneurs in industries including transportation and goods movement, clean tech, energy, and marine/ocean tech. As co-founder and CEO of Braid Theory, Ann is primarily responsible for partnership building with public entities including ports, utilities and transportation agencies; and private industry. Braid Theory, a strategic consulting firm, connects technology entrepreneurs with industry to build opportunities for market traction and growth.

Ann’s areas of expertise also include grant and proposal writing, fundraising, event production, executive training, communication and PR. As Director of Marketing for PortTech Los Angeles, she built the brand identity and led outreach efforts to connect entrepreneurs to market opportunities. Ann began her career as a software programmer in the aerospace industry. After rising to Director of Strategic Planning at the Lockheed Corporation Information Systems Group, Ann left the corporate world to build S’Pacific Image, a graphic design and marketing agency. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Michigan – Dearborn.