Dr. Silvia Mah

CONNECT announced Monday that Dr. Silvia Mah will lead the respected high-tech business accelerator as its president.

Mah, who is CEO of the Hera Labs center for women entrepreneurs, will begin working with CONNECT immediately in a part time capacity and assume her new role full time as of April 1.

She succeeds Greg McKee, who announced his departure last month to start a biotechnology fund.

“San Diego has a strong history of innovation in the high tech and biotechnology sectors, and CONNECT has been an integral part of this equation for over three decades,” said Mah. “I look forward to working with the CONNECT internal team and board of directors to continue its legacy with a lens of collaboration, innovation, and inclusion.”

As president, Mah will oversee the Springboard Accelerator Program, business development, and financials at CONNECT, as well as programs and operations at CONNECT ALL at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation.

“Silvia is a respected and passionate leader in the entrepreneur community in San Diego and beyond, and her experience and commitment to innovation will be a significant asset to CONNECT,” said Tim Scott, executive chairman of the board. “Her varied experiences, from earning a Ph.D. in marine molecular biology to the founding of Ad Astra Ventures, make her an excellent fit for CONNECT.”

Mah will continue as a partner at Ad Astra Ventures, a venture fund that supports high growth female-led startups. She will move to a business advisory role at Hera Labs.

CONNECT has assisted in the formation and development of more than 3,000 companies since 1985.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.