Board of Directors


Cheryl Shavers

Cheryl L. Shavers, Ph.D. is the CEO of Global Smarts, Inc., an advisory services and strategy firm.

She serves on the board of directors of, Knowles Corporation [NYSE:KN], an advanced micro-acoustic, audio processing provider and ITT [NYSE:ITT], a manufacturer of specialty components for the aerospace, transportation, energy and industrial markets. She also serves on the board of directors of the Air Force Academy Foundation, a major gifts organization for United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) and is a board trustee on the Falcon Foundation, a scholarship granting institution for USAFA admissions. Dr. Shavers formerly served on the boards of Rockwell Collins [NYSE:COL], an avionics supplier recently acquired by United Technologies Corporation [NYSE:UTX], ATMI [NASDAQ: ATMI], a semiconductor materials company acquired by Entegris [NASDAQ: ENTG] and Mentor Graphics [NASDAQ: MENT], an electronic design automation software company acquired by Siemens Corporation [ETR: SIEGY]. She is also a former member on the Advisory Board for E.W. Scripps, a print and electronic media company.  Additionally, she served as a Dean’s Distinguished Executive Professor at the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University, a private Jesuit institution.  Previously, Dr. Shavers was confirmed by the 106th Congress to become the Under Secretary of Commerce for Technology at the Department of Commerce.  In this role, Dr. Shavers oversaw the Commerce Department’s Technology Administration and the Office of Technology Policy, as well as the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Technical Information Service and the Office of Space Commercialization.

As Under Secretary for Technology, Dr. Shavers served as senior advisor to the Secretary of Commerce in forming new policies and program initiatives in the areas of science and technology.  The Technology Administration was the federal government’s focal point for working in partnership with U.S. industry to improve America’s commercial and industrial innovation, productivity, and economic growth.

Additionally, she served as the Department of Commerce’s representative to the National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on National Security, the Committee on International Science, Engineering & Technology and the Committee on Technology, as well as coordinated the Clinton Administration’s Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles program.

Internationally, Dr. Shavers served as a member of the U.S.-Israel Science and Technology Commission (USISTC), is a former member of the USISRC Executive Committee, served as Co-Chair of the USISTC Joint High-Level Advisory Panel, is a former member of the Board of Directors of the U.S.-Israel Science & Technology Foundation, the former Co-Chair of the Technology Subcommittee under the U.S.-Egypt Partnership for Economic Development, and was a frequently invited participant on the U.S.-South Africa Science & Technology Committee, the U.S.-Russia Science & Technology Committee, the U.S.-China Joint Management Committee and the U.S.-Japan Joint High-Level Committee.

Dr. Shavers holds a B.S. degree in Chemistry, a Ph.D. in Solid State Chemistry, both from Arizona State University, and an Honorary Master’s degree in Engineering Management from California Polytechnic State University. She is also a practicing registered Patent Agent with the Patent & Trademark Office of the Department of Commerce.

Dr. Shavers has over 30 years of experience in the high-tech industry in various engineering and managerial positions at Fortune 500 companies such as Motorola, Hewlett-Packard, Varian Associates and Intel Corporation.

Before she was nominated by former President Bill Clinton to be Under Secretary for Technology, Dr. Shavers headed investment strategies for the Microprocessor Sector Group within Intel Capital where she led technology assessments of emerging technologies, structured strategic business alliances and oversaw domestic and international equity investments and/or acquisitions of high-tech companies.

Raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Dr. Shavers is a highly regarded technical and business expert and sought after national and international speaker on issues of technology, business and policy for both the private sector and foreign governments.  She is the former producer and host of Technology’s Edge, a radio talk program broadcast on Business Radio AM570 WWRC in Washington D.C., a former weekly columnist for the Mercury News and a former member of the board of directors for the San Jose Tech Museum of Innovation.

In 2010 she was an honoree for promoting diversity in the Boardroom and featured in “Directors to Watch in 2009” by Directors & Boards Advisory Annual Report 2009.  Dr. Shavers is also a 1998 Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow and an inductee in the International Women in Technology Hall of Fame, Arizona State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame.  In 1999 and 2005 she received Congressional Recognition from the U.S. House of Representatives for her work in the community and for her business leadership.  Dr. Shavers was also honored with the 2005 Compass Award from the Women’s Leadership Exchange and formerly served as a board member of the Anita Borg Institute, which is dedicated to expanding opportunities for women and girls in science and technology.

In 2019 Dr. Shavers was recognized by WomenInc magazine as one of the “Most Influential Corporate Directors” and in 2017 Dr. Shavers was named as one of the “Most Influential Black Corporate Directors” by Savoy Magazine. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, twin sons and has a daughter who is a 2017 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and is currently a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Air Force.