The Monterey Bay DART 501 c 3 corporation was established in January 2019 as a public-private non-profit organization to advance the Monterey Bay Drone, Automation & Robotics Technology (DART) initiative. The goals of Monterey Bay DART are to:

  • CONNECT: Convene stakeholders to coordinate action, advance projects, and establish productive cross-sector partnerships
  • FUND: Identify, pursue and secure public and private funding to support research & development, infrastructure improvement and venture creation/growth
  • EDUCATE: Host industry and educational forums. Contribute to regional workforce development. Promote curriculum development and education.
  • ADVOCATE: Safe, appropriate market, facilities and airspace access


Amy Gross

Joby Aviation

Amy is the Sustainability Lead for Joby Aviation, as the...

Andrea Pesce

UC Santa Cruz

Andrea Pesce is the Director of Industry Alliances & Licensing...

Brad Barbeau

CSU Monterey Bay

Brad Barbeau, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at the...

Brooks McChesney

Independent Venture/Start-Up Consultant

Brooks McChesney has been an entrepreneur and senior executive in...

Chris Bley

Airspace Integration

Chris Bley is a Santa Cruz-based serial entrepreneur and co-founder...

Josh Metz

Regional Government Services

Josh Metz co-founded of the Monterey Bay DART Initiative during...

Michael Matkin

CITRIS, UC Santa Cruz

Michael Matkin is the Assistant Director of CITRIS and the...


Sean Hogan

UC Ag & Natural Resources

Sean Hogan is the founder and Director of the IGIS...

Rodrigo Nieto

Naval Post Graduate School

Dr. Rodrigo Nieto is a geostrategist and defense futurist focused...

Michael Houlemard Jr.

Fort Ord Reuse Authority

Michael A. Houlemard, Jr., is the Fort Ord Reuse Authority...

Kate Roberts

Monterey Bay Economic Partnership

Kate Roberts is the President of the Monterey Bay Economic...

Doug Erickson

Santa Cruz Works

Doug Erickson is the Executive Director of Santa Cruz Works a...

Andy Lyons

UC Ag & Natural Resources

Dr. Andy Lyons is Program Coordinator for the Informatics and...

Andrew Lawson

California State University Monterey Bay

Dr Lawson serves as Dean of the College of Science...