Powell is the Board of Trustees chairwoman for the $350 million Washington State Life Sciences Discovery Fund, which finances innovative life sciences research in Washington to promote competitiveness, enhance economic vitality and improve health and health care. Powell also provides consulting services on business management, R&D investment, technology transfer, technology policy, and government relations.
Powell earned a bachelor’s of science in chemistry and a doctorate in analytical chemistry from the University of Maryland. She is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Powell’s previous positions include director of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and president of Advanced Imaging Technologies, where she led the medical imaging company in the development of the ARIA Breast Imaging System.
WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor Vicky L. Carwein will be the Business Club’s Nov. 7 speaker.