Abby Benson
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation
Office of Industry Collaboration • AeroSpace Ventures

4845 Pearl East Circle, Suite 200
585 UCB
Boulder, CO 80301

Abby Benson was named Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation, Industry Collaboration and AeroSpace Ventures effective April 17, 2017.

Benson, who has served as executive director of CU Boulder AeroSpace Ventures (ASV) since 2016, provides seasoned leadership for both ASV and the Office of Industry Collaboration (OIC) in their respective missions while seeking to identify and leverage shared resources and opportunities across the two teams.

Abby Benson was previously the Executive Director of CU Boulder AeroSpace Ventures and the associate vice president of Government Relations for the University of Colorado System.

As a key leader for the Government Relations team since 2012, Abby has advocated for increased support of CU priorities, including aerospace-related research and higher education funding and policies, at both the state and federal levels.  

Abby has served in several leadership roles in the higher education government relations community, including as past Chair of the Association of American Universities (AAU) Council on Federal Relations and as a member of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU) Council on Government Affairs Executive Committee. In 2012 Abby also served as President of the Science Coalition, an organization dedicated to strengthening the federal government’s investment in university-based scientific, medical, engineering and agricultural research.

Prior to joining CU, Abby was Assistant Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Washington, DC office. Abby also served for over nine years as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard, and worked as a geologist for Tetra Tech and Arthur D. Little.

Abby holds a BS in geology and geophysics from Yale University, and a MS in transportation and MEng in logistics from MIT.