Dawn Fitzgerald ‘87

Dawn Fitzgerald
  • M.B.A. Sloan School of Management, MIT
  • M.S. Electrical Engineering 1994, MIT
  • B.S. Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering 1987, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Ms. Fitzgerald, VP of Engineering and Technical Operations for Homesite, an American Family Insurance Company, is leading the R&D digital transformation and technology offer creations for Homesite. Areas of focus include digital solution platform development, cloudification, security, AI/ML and IoT.

Over the course of her career, Ms. Fitzgerald has served in leadership positions at IBM, Motorola, and Schneider-Electric Data Center Operations, and at numerous high-tech startups.  A Spring Board Women Entrepreneur startup funding recipient, Ms. Fitzgerald co-founded and was vice president of engineering for a chip company where she designed digital signal processors for image processing. Ms. Fitzgerald has served in executive roles at multiple angel and VC-backed startup companies in various industries including: medical devices; software applications; sustainable products; robotics; and consumer devices.

Ms. Fitzgerald’s areas of expertise include product development, operations, IT, information security, and digital transformation strategy. She is a recipient of The Boston Business Journal’s “Women to Watch in Science and Technology” award. In addition to her science and technology career, Ms. Fitzgerald and her husband are in the hospitality business, as owners of historic boutique inns from the 1800s. 

In addition to her BS in electrical, computer, and systems engineering from RPI, she holds a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from MIT in 1994, and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Since her graduation from MIT, Ms. Fitzgerald has served as a mentor for MIT’s Venture Mentor Services and MIT Start Six Entrepreneurship, and is currently a mentor for the MIT Operations Lab.  Ms. Fitzgerald is a member of the Rensselaer School of Engineering Leadership Council and the Rensselaer New England Network Executive Council. She also is the proud mother of six sons, one of whom is an alumnus of the Class of 2018, and a second who is currently enrolled at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the Class of 2022.