Rose Ann Sullivan
Rose Ann Sullivan brings over 25 years of experience in business, law and government to the TechVision21 Team. Since 2009, Ms. Sullivan has worked with TechVision21 on a wide range of projects, including the development of federal funding strategies for a nanotechnology company, work on multiple DOE proposals for a company commercializing an advanced automotive engine, a comprehensive white paper for a corporation pursuing ocean thermal energy conversion, the development of federal proposals for solar energy and geothermal projects, as well as work on multiple funding proposals for a consortium of nonprofits and commercial entities engaged in solar R&D. Ms. Sullivan is an attorney and the founder of Kootenay Resources, LLC, a Colorado-based consulting firm leveraging expertise in government contracts/grants, intellectual property and environmental issues.
Prior to forming Kootenay Resources, Ms. Sullivan enjoyed a successful legal career in Washington, D.C. and Colorado. As an attorney with two D.C.-based international law firms, she represented high-tech clients in connection with U.S. Government defense, energy and IT contracts, as well as commercial transactions and licensing. Working closely with in-house IT teams, she represented major New York and Chicago financial institutions and international retailers in the negotiation of their multi-million dollar data processing outsourcing and system development contracts with IBM-ISSC and other vendors. Ms. Sullivan has also worked with numerous companies on strategic alliance and teaming agreements, high-tech acquisitions and software development contracts.
Ms. Sullivan previously served as in-house counsel to two distinguished nonprofits – National Public Radio and the U.S. Olympic Committee – where she handled media matters, as well as the negotiation of sponsorship and licensing deals. She provided legal counsel to the U.S. Olympic Committee in connection with its NBC Olympic Games broadcast contracts, and served as primary legal counsel to Olympic Properties of the United States – the marketing venture which raised more than $860 Million in sponsorship revenue for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.
Ms. Sullivan’s legal practice included management of clients’ domestic and international intellectual property portfolios and dockets. She regularly advised clients on trademark, copyright, patent and trade secret infringement, misappropriation and ownership issues, and counseled high-tech clients on U.S. Government contracts patent, software and technical data rights regulations.
Ms. Sullivan has also worked extensively in regional planning. She spent several years as a Regional Planner & Policy Analyst for the Great Lakes Basin Commission, working on the Great Lakes Environmental Planning Study. She also managed the Pitkin County, Colorado Environmental Health & Natural Resources Department, where she focused on regional environmental issues, including management of water resources, public lands, and energy development. Ms. Sullivan was instrumental in initiating the multi-jurisdictional Roaring Fork Watershed Plan, and continues to serve as a member of its Planning Team.
Ms. Sullivan graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan’s Law School in 1984. She also holds a B.S. degree in Natural Resources and a Masters degree in Regional Planning from the University of Michigan. She has authored numerous articles on intellectual property and technology protection for national and regional business and legal publications, and has contributed to several reports addressing water resource management issues for the U.S. EPA and other governmental entities.