Director of Commercial Innovation & Business Development
The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS)
Cynthia Bouthot is Director of Commercial Innovation and Sponsored Programs at the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), the manager of the International Space Station National Lab (ISS NL). As part of the CASIS leadership team, Bouthot created the go-to-market strategy and developed new ISS NL “products”. Bouthot successfully created new demand from non-traditional space organizations and fortune 500 companies, building an operation that delivers utilization of the space station. And to adequately communicate the value and impact of the ISS NL, Bouthot drove the development of a methodology to show tangible value of the ISS back to the American taxpayer, including: incremental revenue, total addressable markets, new innovation pathways, new jobs and accelerated time to market.
Prior to this, Bouthot was President of the Collaborative Innovation Group, an organization focused on new market development by providing the tools and methodologies to establish successful product offerings, develop efficient routes to market, and build innovation strategies. Bouthot is also a founding Partner of the Russia Innovation Collaborative, where she opened new markets and created commercialization programs for major universities and State Governments. Bouthot was Consul & Head of Trade and Investment at the British Consulate-General, where she led a team focused on international business development.
Bouthot has broad experience in both the public and private sectors. She directed management systems for the MA Port Authority and headed up the State’s trade office in London. While in the private sector, Bouthot spent a large part of her career leading change initiatives and implementing challenging technology programs. Bouthot was Global Lead of Business Readiness for EMC’s ERP implementation, and as Director of Industry Consulting at Benchmarking Partners, she worked with a range of public and private clients on technology change initiatives. Bouthot regularly speaks to audiences and moderates panels on innovation, commercialization, and entrepreneurship. She has many professional affiliations and is a Member of the Board of Directors for both Mass Challenge and Mass Ventures – an appointment from Governor Charlie Baker.
Bouthot began her career with Honeywell Bull in finance and auditing. She holds a B.S. (magna cum laude) from Boston College’s Carroll School of Management with a major in Finance and a master’s degree in International Economics and Finance from Brandeis University.