Marina Leight, Vice President, Business Development, Government Solutions, Philips

Marina Leight serves as Vice President for Business Development on the Philips Lighting Government Solution team working to bring new lighting service models to the public sector. Prior to joining Philips, Marina was the Senior Vice President for Governing magazine, overseeing the expansion of the finance, infrastructure and healthcare verticals, strategic relationships, and development of policy and management-oriented programs for state and local government officials.

Marina also has an extensive background in education technology programs and workforce issues having served as Vice President of Education for the Converge media platform and the Center for Digital Education. The Converge platform included an award-winning magazine, a cutting-edge website, turn-key custom publishing and high-level events in numerous jurisdictions.

Converge's mission was to drive forward a new vision around the education imperatives vital to the future success of our people, communities and nation. These include investment in and commitment to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), green education, literacy, digital infrastructure and education technology, and workforce development. It involves understanding the importance of education in all aspects of economic development. The Center for Digital Education flanked this effort with prestigious surveys and awards, primary research and relevant market analysis.

A writer and former teacher, Leight has been interviewed and quoted in prominent media such as National Public Radio and has participated as a featured author in published works for the K-12 market. Her speaking calendar has included major education audiences and engagements such as the International Parking Institute, the Massachusetts Municipal Association's Leadership Retreat, the National Educational Computing Conference, the Council of State Governments, and Educause. She has also served on several education boards (including the groundbreaking work of Innovate+Educate) and task force groups throughout her career.