Kip Bergstrom is Deputy Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development. His Portfolio includes the development of the innovation economy, statewide branding, as well as the arts and culture, historic preservation and tourism functions. From 2008 to 2011, Bergstrom served as Executive Director of the Stamford Urban Redevelopment Commission. From 1998 until 2008 he was Executive Director of the Rhode Island Policy Council, a private/public partnership which included senior leaders of business, labor, government and higher education. He has a Masters Degree from the Kennedy School of Government and the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, where he was the first student to specialize in economic development.