November 03, 2017

Author: Kaitlin Luna

Gallaudet University is pleased to welcome Ryan Maliszewski as the new director of its Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute (GIEI).

In May 2015, Gallaudet launched the GIEI and since then has hosted a number of business competitions, an Entrepreneur-in-Residence program, and other events to encourage entrepreneurship. Now with Maliszewski, GIEI will continue to build its brand on and off campus and build relationships with a broad range of area universities/colleges, foundations, corporations, investment funds, government agencies, and other stakeholders to support Gallaudet's aspiring entrepreneurs.

Previously, Maliszewski was an executive strategy and technology advisor for the Federal Bureau of Investigation Science & Technology Branch. He began his career in the Washington, D.C. area in late 2001, working on Capitol Hill with the U.S. Senate as well as the House of Representatives for several years prior to joining Booz Allen Hamilton, a management and technology consulting firm.

Maliszewski bills himself as a "Weekend Entrepreneur" with his entrepreneurial roots going way back to when he was six years old selling products door-to-door in his neighborhood. He began a summer landscaping business just before high school, then started up a tax preparation and debt management business after graduating from the University of Arizona in Business Management with concentrations in Organizational Management and Entrepreneurship. Maliszewski's recent ventures include developing a beer education tool available today in the Apple Store, a change and process management consulting business, and a small power washing operation in the Arlington, Virginia area.

Maliszewski has been involved with the D.C. entrepreneur community for some time now, both personally and professionally. Recent engagements include various DC Tech Meetups including leading an Innovation through Accessibility Meetup group, being a co-founder of Sixth Street Sense, and participating in courses or events offered by 1776, Halcyon, Singularity University, CapOne Labs, and General Assembly.