Kelly Wright is the Director of the Technology Partnerships Office (TPO) at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The TPO serves the needs of both NOAA inventors and U.S. companies looking to partner with NOAA or license our technologies. Located in Silver Spring, MD, the TPO oversees both NOAA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Technology Transfer Programs. Prior to becoming Director of TPO in June of 2012, Ms. Wright served as NOAA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program Manager. She has been with NOAA for 24 years in a number of capacities. Kelly graduated from George Mason University with a degree in Conservation Biology.