Delaware Sustainable Chemistry Alliance Names Executive Director

Wilmington, DE – The board of directors of the Delaware Sustainable Chemistry Alliance (DESCA) today announced Jennifer Kmiec has been named the organization’s Executive Director. Kmiec, who most recently served as Associate Vice President for Economic Development at Marshall University, will be the first Executive Director for the organization.

Jennifer Kmiec

Jennifer Kmiec, DESCA Executive Director

“Jennifer Kmiec is a seasoned leader who brings strong technology-based economic development, marketing and coalition-building skills to the position,” said Lori Palmer, DESCA President and Chairperson. “Having a full-time director is a big step forward in DESCA’s efforts to serve as a catalyst for innovation in sustainable chemistry and renewable materials in Delaware and the region. When that leader is someone of Jennifer’s reputation and experience, it increases the impact and results the organization can achieve. We are thrilled she is on board.”

Kmiec said, “I’m extremely excited to have this opportunity to apply my skills, knowledge and contacts to this endeavor. The companies and universities in Delaware are very active in green chemistry and renewable materials R&D and I look forward to working with DESCA’s board and coalition of partners to advance and promote this important regional innovation cluster.”

Kmiec will seek to expand the number of corporate and academic partners in the Delaware Sustainable Chemistry Alliance by utilizing non-profit start-up skills she developed while serving as a founding board member and Chair of the Delaware BioScience Association and founding Vice Chair of the Bioscience Association of West Virginia.

She with utilize her 20-plus years of private sector management experience to promote innovations in sustainable chemistry, facilitate collaborative projects and attract federal grants and investments to the region. She previously held marketing, business development and operations positions at biotechnology companies, including Newark-based iBio, Inc., Athena Biotechnologies and Tapestry Pharmaceuticals.

Kmiec earned a biological science degree from Southern Illinois University and an MBA from the University of California at Davis.

About the Delaware Sustainable Chemistry Alliance

DESCA’s mission is to foster sustainable chemistry and renewable materials innovation among key stakeholders in industry, government and academia. DESCA serves as facilitators to promote collaborations and link resources in ways that can both optimize essential R&D funding and translate the benefits of new discoveries in sustainable technologies into commercial opportunities and high-wage jobs for the Delaware region. For more information, visit

Contact: Jennifer Kmiec (302) 319-3190