It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved friend and colleague


Jeff Lawrence
Jeffrey A. Lawrence, Executive Vice President,
Center for Economic Growth

Jeff was an experienced, motivated leader with more than thirty years management experience in technology commercialization, advanced manufacturing, economic development and change management at the regional, corporate and non-profit levels.

He earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a M.B.A. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

As CEG’s Executive Vice President for the past 21 years, Jeff was responsible for manufacturing and technology programs, including work with the Chief Executives Network for Manufacturing.

Jeff also served as the Executive Director of CEG’s NYSTAR designated Regional Technology Development Center, assisting Capital Region’s manufacturing and technology companies to innovate and grow.

 Jeff tirelessly shared his intellect, knowledge, experience, good nature, smile, humor and best judgment with each of us day in and day out. He made an incredible contribution over the past 30 years to the evolution and advancement of Tech Valley.

He will be missed dearly by all who knew him and worked with him. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to his wife Sharon and his family at this difficult time.

The family suggests donations be made to the Jeffrey Lawrence Innovation Fund at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, P.O. Box 3164, Boston, MA 02241-3164 or online at



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