ScaleUp America is a branded vision by ScaleUp Partners LLC

ScaleUp Partners LLC taps extraordinary talent across our nationwide network, which enables us to catalyze collaborative movement in target regions and develop exponential impact.


Mike Green
Co-founder
ScaleUp Partners, LLC

Mike Green is a co-founder of ScaleUp Partners LLC, which has a commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative High Growth Entrepreneurship Working Group through its brand, ScaleUp America.

Mr. Green is a New York Times Leadership Academy Fellow, award-winning print and digital journalist with 18 years experience, and former leading digital media innovations strategist for Dow Jones Local Media Group. As a leading national voice on issues related to STEAM-powered education and economic competitiveness in the Innovation Economy, Mr. Green has been a consultant to educational, governmental and nonprofit institutions on issues of economic inclusion in the innovation economy.

As a member of the Clinton Global Initiative High-Growth Entrepreneurship Working Group, Mr. Green led a team from the Oregon Governor's office in a successful pitch of a national ScaleUp America Campaign that attracted the interest and support of the CGI working group. ScaleUp America became one of five official commitments emerging from the group and is managed as a brand under ScaleUp Partners, LLC.

As a national writer, Mr. Green is a columnist for Oregon Business magazine, Governing Institute and the Huffington Post. He has also contributed to numerous national media, including NPR, PBS, The Washington Post, Entrepreneur magazine, Black Enterprise magazine and others.

Mr. Green has been invited to speak at numerous national, regional and local events, including SXSWedu (2013 & 2014); Bill & Melinda Gates Symposium, Black Enterprise Entrepreneurship Conference; Puget Sound Region Economic Solutions Summit; HBCU Innovation Summit at Stanford University, Council on Foundations, State Science Technology Institute (SSTI), SBIR/STTR National Conference, Urban League Young Professionals and other platforms focused on education and economic development of inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystems.

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Johnathan Holifield
Co-founder
ScaleUp Partners, LLC

Johnathan M. Holifield is a co-founder of ScaleUp Partners LLC.

Mr. Holifield is the architect of Inclusive Competitiveness – policies, strategies, practices and metrics to improve the performance of underrepresented Americans within the Innovation Economy, including regional innovation ecosystems, industry clusters, emerging technology sectors and other areas critical to economic competitiveness.

Mr. Holifield is Vice President of Inclusive Competitiveness at NorTech, the regional innovation-based economic development organization serving the Cleveland Ohio region. He is also co-founder of ScaleUp Partners LLC, a nationally networked and locally focused company in the business of advancing Inclusive Competitiveness throughout the U.S.

Mr. Holifield's leadership has been featured at SXSWEdu and in notable publications, including BusinessWeek, Forbes, Black Enterprise, Bloomberg, Washington Post Innovations, Entrepreneur Magazine, and Thompson Reuters Venture Capital Journal.

An economic development leader, Mr. Holifield’s interdisciplinary experience includes collaboratively securing more than $40 million of grant funding, cash investments, and in-kind operations support; creating Ohio’s first information and design technology-focused high schools; forming a $40 million venture capital fund of funds, enabling a $250 million regional network of early-stage risk capital; conducting the nation’s first assessment of minority performance and competitiveness in regional innovation clusters; and designing community benefits and economic inclusion strategies for large-scale development projects valued at nearly $1.5 billion. Additionally, he catalyzed the Ohio Board of Regents to create the Subcommittee on Inclusive Competitiveness to activate the University System of Ohio to improve the performance of underrepresented Ohioans and co-authored the successful $5 million appropriation to create Ohio STEM education, commercialization and entrepreneurship programs for high school students.

He is founding executive director of CincyTech USA – Cincinnati's Voice of Technology and Innovation, was CEO of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy and Cleveland Urban League and was a member of the Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL. He holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science from West Virginia University, where he was elected football team captain, a master's degree in Educational Foundations and law degree from University of Cincinnati, and is a graduate of The University of Oklahoma's Economic Development Institute.  

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Dwayne Johnson
Co-founder
ScaleUp Partners, LLC

Dwayne Johnson is a co-founder of ScaleUp America. 

Mr. Johnson is a successful technologist, entrepreneur, synergist and self-professed social alchemist with over 30 years of experience leading technology, entrepreneurship, innovation, investment, operations and cross-discipline collaboration efforts.

Mr. Johnson is Managing Partner of PDXO/Globe Three Ventures, a strategy, business process and venture development consultancy, working with high potential and impact projects that help start-ups, corporate entrepreneurs, communities, cities and states develop and implement successful growth plans. 

Mr. Johnson was Executive Director of the Technology Association Foundation and creator of the Foundation’s Center for Inclusive Innovation promoting broader awareness and developing pathways through which diverse l talent can reach their highest potential in STEM based careers. He was founder and president of Ideal Portland, a non-profit focused on minority tech inclusion, has over 15 years experience investing in early stage technology related companies.

Mr. Johnson is a member of the Oregon STEM Investment Council, Oregon Business Plan Steering Committee. He was appointed by the Oregon Governor and chaired the Oregon Small Business Advisory Council and was a member of the Oregon Committee for Performance Excellence.  

Mr. Johnson was founding treasurer for the Nonprofit Association of Oregon and has served on the Board of the I Have A Dream Foundation - Oregon, Advisory Board of the Portland African American Chamber of Commerce, and is a mentor for start-up businesses for the Oregon Technology Business Center.

Mr. Johnson has an MBA summa cum laude from Babson College’s Entrepreneurship Program, and a B.A. in History—19th Century China/Japan from the California Polytechnic University at Pomona. 

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ScaleUp Partners LLC is the visionary leadership America has long needed to address issues of economic inclusion and competitiveness in the 21st century.