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Glendowlyn L.H. Thames

Executive Director

Glen manages CTNext’s full array of strategic economic development programs focused on fostering entrepreneurship, startup and growth-stage businesses while cultivating a robust innovation ecosystem on behalf of the State of Connecticut.

Her multi-faceted experience with executive management of organizations includes nearly 10 years in high-level public administration roles managing high-priority projects and major initiatives as organizations and departments have gone through periods of transition and substantial growth.

Prior to her current role, Glen held leadership positions with Connecticut Innovations, where she led a wide range of projects spanning board relations, new program development and operations. She also oversaw vital innovation programs that support the state’s small technology businesses and encouraged innovation, collaboration and commercialization.

During her tenure, she led the deployment of over $6MM in funding to more than 200 companies, developed 20 public-private partnerships, and increased the CTNext company membership network by 50 percent, supporting more than 1,800 jobs and leveraging over $40MM.

Prior to coming to CI, she served as special assistant to the superintendent of Hartford Public Schools, and prior to that, she was director of constituent services for the City of Hartford, where she managed citizen relations and worked on community and economic development projects.

Glen is a frequent reviewer of SBIR/STTR reports for the National Research Council of the National Academies.


  • B.A. in Business Administration, Hofstra University
  • M.A. in Public Policy Studies and Law, Trinity College


  • CT Small Business Development Center Advisory Council member
  • CT Main Street Center
  • Hartford City Council member
  • Board member of the iQuilt Partnership
  • CT Achievement Gap Task Force member

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“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together” – African Proverb

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