Nish Acharya is the Executive Director of the Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation.  In this capacity, he leads the Center’s efforts to innovate to improve trauma care through grant making, He will lead the next stage of growth in the programming and profile of the Stepping Strong Center, which supports more than 40 BWH researchers and clinicians through research grants, awards and fellowships.

Prior to joining BWH, Acharya was CEO of Equal Innovation Consulting, a firm that consults with universities, governments, foundations and companies on innovation, entrepreneurship and globalization strategies. Acharya has also served as a senior fellow with the Center for American Progress and as a contributor to Forbes.

Earlier in his career, Acharya was appointed by President Barack Obama as the director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and senior advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. He led the President’s efforts to nurture economic growth through innovation, entrepreneurship and commercialization. As part of his role, Acharya managed the President’s National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship – a group of nationally known investors, entrepreneurs and university presidents that inspired the America JOBS Act that legalized crowd funding.  He also served as CEO of the Deshpande Foundation, a leading Boston-area philanthropy that support innovation centers and entrepreneurship accelerators.

Acharya received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Northeastern University and his master’s degree in public administration from George Washington University.