Dorothy Baunach has been named Interim Chief Executive of DigitalC, succeeding Lev Gonick, effective November 1, 2017. Dorothy has been involved since the early days of DigitalC (formerly OneCommunity and OneCleveland) and has served several years on its board, including as chair. Dorothy is a seasoned community and business leader with broad experience in organization and community development; strategic leadership; entrepreneurship; technology commercialization; business and early-stage capital formation. The founding president of NorTech, Dorothy has a thirty-year track record of successfully creating, transforming and leading organizations that today are part of Greater Cleveland's and the state of Ohio's nationally-recognized technology and innovation ecosystem.
Among her many accomplishments, Dorothy has coached several entrepreneurs through the startup process, created organizations to support them through Ohio's Thomas Edison Program, and helped shape Ohio's $2.3 billion Third Frontier initiative from its inception in 2002 through the second successful ballot initiative in 2010. She has fostered the growth of technology-based industry sectors including, biomedical, health care technology, advanced materials, alternative energy, flexible electronics, and information and communication technologies. Her most recent work involves assisting to create a water technology and innovation strategy around Lake Erie with the Cleveland Water Alliance and DigitalC.
Dorothy is a native Clevelander, and holds an MBA from Case Western Reserve University, a Master of Science Degree in biology from the University of Dayton, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Wittenberg University.