James L. Hughes, MBA

James L. Hughes, MBAJames L. Hughes, MBA
Senior Vice President and Chief Enterprise and Economic Development Officer

James L. Hughes is the director of UM Ventures, the ambitious joint research commercialization effort of the University of Maryland Strategic Partnership: MPowering the State between the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB).

He was promoted to senior vice president in March 2019. Hughes was named UMB’s first chief enterprise and economic development officer in July 2011 and continues in this role. He previously served 10 years as UMB’s vice president for research and development, and he manages UMB’s Office of Research and Development and the University of Maryland BioPark.

Before joining UMB, Hughes worked for the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development as director of technology and international business, and as executive director of the World Trade Center Institute, a public-private partnership dedicated to expanding international trade and investment. He has an MBA from the Columbia Business School and a BA from Davidson College.

Through UM Ventures, UMB is aggressive in moving its science out of the lab and into the marketplace, where it can have a meaningful impact on human health and well-being. Nearly 100 UMB inventions are pushed to the marketplace each year, and new startup companies — launched with UMB’s intellectual property and people — are raising private capital to accelerate the transition from idea to innovation.