Jack Breese is a principal and co-founder of The New Advisory Group, Inc. (founded in 2012 and operated as Course Gateway, Inc. through 2015). At the New Advisory Group, Jack's expertise is focused on interactions and programs at the intersection of corporate research and education needs with the capabilities of universities, research institutes, and governments. He is an active angel investor in the Seattle area, serves as an advisor for a variety of local start-up companies, and is intimately familiar with both small and large company innovation processes and challenges.
Previously, Jack worked with the Washington Advisory Group on projects at the intersection of higher education, industry, and development of innovation ecosystems. He participated in supporting the establishment of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) from 2006 to 2009 while leading additional projects for the University of Nebraska and the State of South Carolina, among others. He also previously served on the Washington State Economic Development Commission, focusing on state programs and policies promoting innovation, research-based higher education, and enhancement of the investment climate for technology growth companies in Washington State.
From 1998 to 2005 he was Director of Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington, where he supervised work on research in intelligent systems including data management, machine learning, natural language processing, community technologies, adaptive systems, and user interfaces. His responsibilities included facilitation of Microsoft Research technology transfer efforts, coordination with Microsoft's overseas research labs, and various activities related to university relations, intellectual property management, and customer interaction. From 1993 to 1999 he was a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research focusing on intelligent systems, data mining, and adaptive user interface research. Dr. Breese has numerous publications and patents in the fields of decision analysis, data mining, electronic commerce, and artificial intelligence. Before joining Microsoft, he was a research scientist at the Rockwell Science Center Palo Alto Lab and a founder of Knowledge Industries Inc., a Palo Alto start-up.
Dr. Breese received a PhD from the Department of Engineering-Economic Systems (now Management Science and Engineering) at Stanford University in 1987. He has a Master's Degree in Public Policy Studies from the University of Michigan (1979) and a B.A. in Mathematics from Clark University (1977).