Steven G. Zylstra serves as president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council, a role he assumed in 2007. He is responsible for strategy, operations, finance and policy development. Zylstra is a vocal spokesman for the value technology can provide in raising social and economic standards in Arizona and was named “Leader of the Year, Technology,” by the Arizona Capitol Times, “Most Admired Leader” by the Phoenix Business Journal, and was awarded an honorary doctorate of science in technology from the University of Advancing Technology in Tempe, Ariz.
From 2000 to 2007, Zylstra served as president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Technology Council and Catalyst Connection. He concurrently served as president and CEO of the Pennsylvania NanoMaterials Commercialization Center and the Doyle Center for Manufacturing Technology. Additionally, Zylstra was president of the Pittsburgh Biomedical Development Corporation, an affiliated organization of the Pittsburgh Technology Council that invested in start-up biomedical and biotechnology companies.
Zylstra serves on numerous councils, committees and boards including the Arizona Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee; Arizona CTE Quality Skills Commission; Arizona Department of Education – CTE Quality Skills Commission; Arizona District Export Council Board; Arizona Science Center Board of Trustees; Computing Technology Industry Association’s (CompTIA) Global Trade and Market Access Committee; Industry Partner Board of the University of Arizona, College of Engineering; Life365 Advisory Board; Maricopa Community College Workforce Development Leadership and Innovation Council; Metro Phoenix Export Alliance; Paradise Valley School District Center for Research, Engineering, Science and Technology (CREST) Advisory Board; Phoenix Coding Academy Advisory Council; Science Foundation Arizona’s STEM Network Advisory Council; The University of Phoenix Advisory Council; and the Center for the Future of Arizona Advisory Council, among others.
Zylstra’s most recent board appointment was to the Common Sense Arizona Advisory Council in December 2018. In addition, he serves as chairman emeritus of the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) and is a fellow of The Aspen Institute’s Communities That Work Partnership.
Zylstra earned a bachelor’s degree in automotive engineering technology from Western Michigan University.