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


Andrea Pesce

UC Santa Cruz | DART Board of Directors Member

Andrea Pesce is the Director of Industry Alliances for the recently launched Innovation...

Brad Barbeau

CSU Monterey Bay | DART Board of Directors Member

Brad Barbeau, Ph.D., is Professor of Entrepreneurship in the College...

Brooks McChesney

Independent Venture/Start-Up Consultant

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

Chris Bley

Airspace Integration | DART Board of Directors Member

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

Cody Cleverly

Joby Aviation

Cody Cleverly is the Workforce Development Lead at Joby Aviation...

Michael Matkin

CITRIS, UC Santa Cruz | DART Board of Directors Member

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


Josh Metz

Monterey Bay DART

Josh Metz is the Executive Director and co-founder of the...

Shari Tavaf

Monterey Bay DART

Shari Tavaf is a registered professional engineer in California and...

Abigail Scott

Monterey Bay DART

Abigail joined the Monterey Bay DART Team in Summer 2022...

Jen Simon

Monterey Bay DART

Jen Simon has been involved with DART since its inception...



Yolanka Wulff

Community Air Mobility Initiative

Yolanka Wulff is Executive Director of CAMI, the Community Air...

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...

Doug Erickson

Santa Cruz Works

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

Andrew Lawson

California State University Monterey Bay

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

Adam Cohen

University of California, Berkeley

Adam Cohen is a transportation futurist and researcher at the...