Elena Garuc

Elena Garuc is the Executive Director of FuzeHub, New York State’s premier organization championing the manufacturing and innovation ecosystem. For two decades, Elena has led the implementation of technology-led economic development initiatives resulting in private sector job growth and competitiveness gains. Elena leads FuzeHub’s operations and works closely with its Board of Directors to realize strategic goals. As a FuzeHub founder, she guided the organization from inception while growing its team to fourteen staff members and securing federal and state grants, including designation as the statewide New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) center. Before becoming Executive Director, Elena shaped FuzeHub’s marketing and brand strategy, and its nationally-recognized web-based portal and marketing programs.

With support from Empire State Development, Elena spearheaded the launch of the New York State Innovation Summit in 2019, to showcase companies and researchers at the forefront of emerging technologies and new advancements in production capabilities. She also developed the Jeff Lawrence Innovation Fund, which has helped companies spur technology development and commercialization across New York State.