Jeff Brancato, Executive Director
Jeff Brancato is Executive Director of NEOCC, a cross-sector information sharing and analysis organization (ISAO) working to enhance the ability of companies across the region to protect their digital infrastructure and assets. NEOCC’s programs also help build regional capacity in this increasingly important field, particularly through promotion of the cybersecurity profession and initiatives to increase the size and expertise of the workforce. NEOCC is one of a small number of industry-led regional ISAOs operating the United States.
Mr. Brancato began working with NEOCC shortly after planning was initiated in late 2015. For NEOCC’s founding members, he led strategic planning and program development, implemented activities that generate value for its members, established financial and administrative functions, and guided the effort through NEOCC’s formal establishment in 2018.
Mr. Brancato is responsible for the Consortium’s ongoing planning, programs, services, member recruitment and business operations. He brings to NEOCC experience and expertise in forming public-private partnerships, industry-university collaborations, and other kinds of alliances to address shared interests. Since 2018, the Consortium’s voting membership has grown nearly 50%.
Previously, he was an executive at a regional technology-based economic development organization in Northeast Ohio, and for many years worked in higher education, supporting growth of research programs, technology commercialization, and regional technology industry development.
Outside of NEOCC, he continues to work as a consultant in these areas. He also currently serves on the board of directors of Cleveland State University’s Research Corporation.