Thomas Osha is employed by Wexford Science and Technology as Senior Vice President, Innovation and Economic Development. In this role, he guides Wexford’s strategy and implementation of its Knowledge Community template across their portfolio; working with Wexford’s partner Universities and research institutions, entrepreneurs and innovators, growth companies, and economic development stakeholders globally to envision new innovation districts and position Wexford’s current developments as critical hubs in the regional innovation ecosystem.
Osha is a thought-leader and sought-after speaker who has recently delivered major keynotes on creating innovation ecosystems and helping Universities, research institutions, cities, regions, and federal governments, leverage their research and technologies into knowledge-led economic development impact. He has recently spoken at South by Southwest and the World Economic Forum, among many others, and on CNBC, CBC, CNN, and CBS and his opinions have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Fortune, The Globe and Mail, and The New York Times.
Osha is a member of the Leadership Council of the Brookings Institution and also serves on their Centennial Scholars Program Advisory Board for Innovation Districts and the Bass Initiative for Public Spaces.
Additionally, Osha serves as an advisor to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on global innovation strategy and execution. He also advises the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade – Canada; helping Canadian companies successfully expand their operations into the United States and assisting US companies in developing Canadian partnerships and markets. He is a board member of the Austin Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Norfolk Corporation, and Project Lift.
Previously, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff at Broadwing Inc., an NYSE-listed, telecommunications provider, providing executive leadership in the areas of corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and innovation.
Prior to that, he served as Special Assistant to United States Senator Richard G. Lugar (R-Ind.), providing advice on a wide range of domestic and foreign policy issues. Osha also provided policy advice to the Reagan Administration and developed a research methodology that has become a standard at Congressional Quarterly magazine.