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Jennifer Ozawa

Senior Economist, Innovation and Economic Development


MS, Development Economics, University of London SOAS
BA, International Relations, minor in Economics, College of William & Mary


Jennifer Ozawa brings 20 years of experience leading projects at the intersection of research, innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic development. She has a passion for helping clients improve their innovation and economic performance outcomes through assessment, benchmarking, and best practices. 

Ms. Ozawa joined RTI in 2019. She has applied experience using economic, workforce, research and development (R&D), early-stage financing, and venture capital data to identify research and industry strengths and weaknesses and to develop strategies for achieving higher rates of economic activity, competitiveness, and growth. She has led evaluations of innovation and R&D programs, assessed innovation and startup ecosystems, developed industry sector and regional economic development strategies, and designed institutional strategies for a diverse portfolio of domestic and international clients. 

Ms. Ozawa builds strong teams and leverages her knowledge of tech transfer and innovation, economic growth and development, program evaluation, and strategy design to help clients achieve their goals.

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