Sean Mallon joined George Mason University in April 2016 as its first Associate Vice President for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. In this capacity, he is responsible for leading Mason’s strategic vision as an economic and innovation engine for the National Capital region. Sean oversees the Mason Enterprise Center (MEC), the Office of Technology Transfer, and the Mason Innovation Exchange (MIX). He also works collaboratively with academic leadership and faculty to ensure an innovative, scalable approach to facilitate multidisciplinary collaboration for the development and delivery of entrepreneurial thinking and learning across the entire university.
Prior to joining Mason, Sean served as Senior Investment Director for the CIT GAP Funds, a seed- and early stage technology venture fund within the Center for Innovative Technology. In this role, he oversaw a portfolio of over 100 companies, and led new investments in Virginia-based technology companies committed to rapid growth and the development of innovative products and services. Sean has over 20 years of investment and start-up experience focused on aggressive growth, transformation and optimization. He has founded two companies, and has worked with several others in senior roles ranging from sales and marketing to product management, supply chain and finance. From 1999 to 2003, Sean was a principal at Mid-Atlantic Venture Funds, a $200m early-stage venture capital firm focused on the telecommunications and IT industries. Sean holds an AB degree from Princeton University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.