Dorothy Baunach

Dorothy C. Baunach has been an entrepreneur, business development coach, technology and STEM education advocate, strategic counselor and community and business leader in Ohio for more than three decades.

Many regional and statewide organizations have benefitted from her leadership including: NorTech, OneCommunity, BioEnterprise, BioOhio, Edison BioTechnology Center, Enterprise Development’s Technology Incubator, Cuyahoga County’s Department of Development and OsteoSymbionics. During her 10 years of leadership at NorTech (1999-2009), Northeast Ohio’s technology-based industries, early-stage investment capital, broadband infrastructure and entrepreneurial ecosystem all gained notable momentum. Dorothy also guided and ensured the continuation of Ohio’s Third Frontier initiative, from its inception in 2002 through the second successful ballot initiative in 2010, in her work with Cleveland Tomorrow, Greater Cleveland Partnership, NorTech and the Ohio Business Roundtable.

Dorothy has served on many start-up company and nonprofit organization boards and on several state and national councils, commissions and panels during her career. She is currently on the Cleveland Water Alliance Board. She is an active member and elder at the Old Stone Church on Cleveland’s Public Square and chairs Old Stone’s 2020 Bicentennial Committee. She is a member of In Counsel with Women and the Fifty Club of Cleveland. She has received numerous awards including induction into the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame, Northeast Ohio Rainmaker, Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Richard A. Shatten Leadership Award, Cleveland Engineering Society Leadership Award and Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award. 

Dorothy is a graduate of Wittenberg University (magna cum laude) with a bachelor’s degree in biology and an education certificate. She earned a Master of Science degree from the University of Dayton and an MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.