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KEYNOTE SPEAKERS



Clarence Anthony
Executive Director
National League of Cities
Washington, DC

Clarence Anthony served as the Mayor of South Bay, FL for 24 years. He is known as a creative and thoughtful leader in his community. He is considered an expert in citizen engagement and techniques that build a "sense of community" within cities. Mr. Anthony has been on the forefront of politics in the United States and internationally for the past 20 years, culminating with productive presidencies of the Florida League of Cities and the National League of Cities (NLC), respectively.

As NLC President, Mr. Anthony served as the chief spokesperson of the oldest and largest organization of municipal officials in the United States, representing more than 1,600 cities and towns, as well as 49 state municipal leagues that are members of NLC. He also served as First Vice President of International Union of Local Authorities and as Founding Treasurer of United Cites and Local Governments (UCLG), the international voice for local governments, for four years. Most recently, he served as the Interim Manager for UCLG. He has continued his involvement with NLC by serving on the Building Committee.

Prior to his appointment as Executive Director of NLC, Mr. Anthony served as President of Anthony Government Solutions, a consulting firm focused on providing solutions to government and private sector organizations on issues affecting the community, strategic visioning, policy development, business development and management restructuring.

He holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration with specialization in City Growth Management policy from Florida Atlantic University.



Angela Glover Blackwell
President and Chief Executive Officer
PolicyLink
Oakland, CA

Angela Glover Blackwell, President and Chief Executive Officer, started PolicyLink in 1999 and continues to drive its mission of advancing economic and social equity. Under Blackwell’s leadership, PolicyLink has become a leading voice in the movement to use public policy to improve access and opportunity for all low-income people and communities of color, particularly in the areas of health, housing, transportation, education, and infrastructure.

Prior to founding PolicyLink, Blackwell served as Senior Vice President at the Rockefeller Foundation, where she oversaw the foundation’s Domestic and Cultural divisions. A lawyer by training, she gained national recognition as founder of the Oakland (CA) Urban Strategies Council, where she pioneered new approaches to neighborhood revitalization. From 1977 to 1987, Blackwell was a partner at Public Advocates, a nationally known public interest law firm.

As a leading voice in the movement for equity in America, Blackwell is a frequent commentator for some of the nation’s top news organizations, including The New York Times, the Huffington Post, Washington Post, Salon, CNN and has appeared regularly on such shows as public radio’s Marketplace, The Tavis Smiley Show, Nightline, and PBS’s Now. Blackwell has also been a guest on the PBS series Moyers & Company and PBS’s NewsHour. Blackwell appears in the sixth and final segment of the PBS six-part series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., which aired in October and November, 2013.

Blackwell is the co-author of Uncommon Common Ground: Race and America’s Future (W.W. Norton & Co., 2010), and contributed to Ending Poverty in America:  How to Restore the American Dream (The New Press, 2007) and The Covenant with Black America (Third World Press, 2006). In 2013, Blackwell and PolicyLink collaborated with the Center for American Progress to write and release All In Nation: An America that Works for All. Blackwell earned a bachelor’s degree from Howard University, and a law degree from the University of California at Berkeley.  She serves on numerous boards, including the Children’s Defense Fund and The President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.



The Honorable Sherrod Brown
Senator for Ohio
United States Senate
Washington, D.C.

Since January of 2007, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown – a champion of middle-class families in the Senate – has held more than 250 community roundtables across Ohio’s 88 counties with students, local leaders and business owners, entrepreneurs and educators, workers and families to find ways to rebuild our economy.

Described as “Congress’ leading proponent of American manufacturing,” Brown is working with the Obama Administration on the creation of a national manufacturing policy that would invest in manufacturing innovation, strengthen our component supply chain, connect workers with emerging industries, and align our trade policies to promote our national interests.

He is also working with Ohio’s universities, entrepreneurs, and community stakeholders to use Ohio’s resources to create new jobs in high-growth industries and make Ohio a national leader in clean energy manufacturing.

And as a long-time advocate for fair trade, Senator Brown has stood up to presidents of both parties on shortsighted trade agreements that ship U.S. jobs overseas. He led the bipartisan opposition to NAFTA in 1993 – as a freshman in the U.S. House of Representatives – and to CAFTA in 2005. Sen. Brown is working on trade policies that promote our workers, small businesses, and manufacturers while creating jobs and expanding markets through an aggressive export promotion strategy.

Informed by his faith as a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA), Sherrod Brown is committed to social and economic justice. He helped pass the historic health care law that will make health insurance more affordable and accessible for American families. This law also provides strong consumer protections that will prevent insurers from placing limits on the care patients receive and discriminating against consumers based on age or pre-existing health conditions.

Senator Brown is also working to ensure that Ohioans receive the education and training needed for 21st Century jobs. For the last several years, Senator Brown has also convened a one-of-its-kind Ohio College Presidents Conference in Washington to discuss ways to leverage federal resources to promote higher education and job training in Ohio.

Senator Brown serves as the Ranking Member of the Senate Banking Committee, where he played an instrumental role in passing the historic Wall Street reform law. He also serves on the Senate Committee on Finance.

Brown is also the first Ohio Senator in 40 years to serve on the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee, where he has been instrumental in strengthening the farm safety net and addressing childhood hunger. He served Chairman of the Subcommittee on Jobs, Rural Economic Growth and Energy Innovation.

From his position on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, Brown has advocated for veterans training programs to ensure returning servicemembers have access to good-paying, high-demand jobs. He is the only Ohio Senator ever to serve a full term on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.

Prior to serving in the United States Senate, Brown served as a United States Representative for the 13th District, Ohio’s Secretary of State, a member of the Ohio General Assembly, and has taught in Ohio’s public schools and at The Ohio State University. An Eagle Scout, Brown is a native of Mansfield, Ohio, where he spent summers working on his family’s farm. He is married to Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Connie Schultz. They reside in Cleveland, Ohio, and have three daughters, a son, both a daughter and son-in-law, and five grandchildren.



Armond Budish
Cuyahoga County Executive
Office of Cuyahoga County Executive
Cleveland, OH

Armond Budish took office as the County Executive in January of 2015. He is the second Executive to serve in the County’s history. As County Executive, Mr. Budish has outlined a forward looking and innovative agenda to improve the lives of all County residents.

As the Executive, Mr. Budish is committed to creating economic growth and opportunity by taking a coordinated and collaborative approach to building a strong and sustainable future for Cuyahoga County. His administration’s three core strategic initiatives -- fairness and equity, job growth and opportunity and government that gets results are all linked together. The goal? To make sure that every resident no matter the circumstances has the ability to build a better life.

As a large provider of both job training and human services, Cuyahoga County has a specific emphasis on stabilizing and training individuals so that they are prepared for successful employment and career development. The Budish Administration’s multi-faceted approach takes advantage of all resources- from apprenticeships to scholarships- to align the job skills of County residents to the job opportunities available today.

In order to ensure that there are jobs available, the County is focused on job generation. Expanding current businesses, growing start-ups, and attracting new businesses aligned with key assets, such as Lake Erie, manufacturing, and health care, is a primary focus of the administration. In short as Budish says, “We must think big, use technology, be bold, and take some responsible risks.”

Effective & efficient government is a priority – measurement of the current and new programs are key to evaluating success. Cuyahoga County will be governed using a metrics-oriented approach to determine targets, and to continuously evaluate current programs and future goals. Additionally, the County will be an active, collaborative partner with outside groups and other governments to ensure quality service delivery

This County is diverse and our 59 communities have unique needs. Consequently, the Budish administration is focused on regional collaboration and developing strategic partnerships that can be responsive to both shared and community specific needs now and into the future.

Prior to arriving in his current post, Budish served four terms in the Ohio House of Representatives, including a term as the Speaker of the House and two terms as the Minority Leader.

Mr. Budish is also known by many County residents for his private sector career as a consumer and elder law attorney. Founder of the law firm Budish, Solomon, Steiner, & Peck, Mr. Budish became a nationally known expert as an elder law attorney through his best-selling books, consumer advice column, “You and the Law” published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer for 24 years, and his 16 year career as the host of the television show, “Golden Opportunities”, an informational show for seniors and their families. He ran for elective office for the first time in 2006, once his two sons, Ryan and Daniel, had been successfully launched into college. He currently resides happily in Beachwood, Ohio with his wife of over three decades Amy.



Toby Cosgrove M.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH

As CEO, Dr. Cosgrove presides over an $8 billion healthcare system comprised of the Cleveland Clinic, eight community hospitals, 16 family health and ambulatory surgery centers, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Toronto, and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. His leadership has emphasized patient care and patient experience, including the re-organization of clinical services into patient-centered, organ and disease-based institutes. He launched major wellness initiatives for patients, employees and communities. Under his leadership, Cleveland Clinic has consistently been named among America’s top four hospitals (U.S.News & World Report) and is one of only two hospitals named among “America’s 99 Most Ethical Companies” (Ethisphere Institute).

Dr. Cosgrove received his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville and completed his clinical training at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Brook General Hospital in London. His undergraduate work was at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass.

He was a surgeon in the U.S. Air Force and served in Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam, as the Chief of U.S. Air Force Casualty Staging Flight. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Republic of Vietnam Commendation Medal.

Joining Cleveland Clinic in 1975, Dr. Cosgrove was named chairman of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular surgery in 1989. Under his leadership, Cleveland Clinic’s heart program was ranked No. 1 in America for 10 years in a row (U.S.News & World Report).

He has published nearly 450 journal articles, book chapters, one book and 17 training and continuing medical education films. He performed more than 22,000 operations and earned an international reputation for expertise in all areas of cardiac surgery, especially valve repair. As an innovator, Dr. Cosgrove has 30 patents filed for developing medical and clinical products used in surgical environments.

In 2014, Dr. Cosgrove authored The Cleveland Clinic Way: Lessons in Excellence from One of the World’s Leading Health Care Organizations, which takes an in-depth look at today’s healthcare system. It describes the eight trends shaping the future of medicine in this country to be more efficient, more effective and more affordable than it is today. The book acknowledges the challenges facing the industry but takes a “strongly optimistic” view of what lies ahead by illustrating how the Clinic is helping to shape the future of medicine by working toward one goal: putting patients first.

Dr. Cosgrove is a sought-after speaker worldwide. He has addressed the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting at Davos, Switzerland, and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, in Washington, D.C. He is regularly quoted and featured in national magazines and newspapers, including a cover story in Time, and major articles in Newsweek, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. He has appeared on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, “The Charlie Rose Show” on PBS, and other national media outlets.

The recipient of Cleveland Clinic’s Master Clinician Award, Innovator of the Year Award and Lerner Humanitarian Award, Dr. Cosgrove is also a member of the Cleveland Medical Hall of Fame and Cleveland Business Hall of Fame. In 2007 he was named Cleveland Business Executive of the Year by the Sales and Marketing Executives of Cleveland, and Castle Connolly’s National Physician of the Year. He also received the Woodrow Wilson Center Award for Public Service as well as Harvard Business School’s Award from HBS Alumni, Cleveland, and the Humanitarian Award of the Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio. Dr. Cosgrove topped Inside Business’s “Power 100” listing for Northeast Ohio, and is highly ranked among Modern Healthcare’s “100 most powerful people in healthcare” and “most powerful physician executives.” In 2013 he was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies. In 2015 he was appointed to the Veterans Administration Commission on Care to evaluate veteran’s access to quality health services.



Dan Gilbert
Founder and Chairman, Quicken Loans and Rock Ventures Majority Owner, 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers
Detroit, MI

Dan Gilbert is Founder and Chairman of Quicken Loans Inc., the nation’s second largest mortgage lender. He is also Founder and Chairman of Rock Ventures LLC, the umbrella entity for his portfolio of business and real estate investments, and majority owner of the 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers. Rock Ventures and its more than 100 affiliated companies across the country employ more than 25,000 team members.

Since 2013, Detroit-based Quicken Loans closed $220 billion in home loan volume across all 50 states, and in 2015, for the sixth consecutive year, earned J.D. Power’s highest rating for client satisfaction among all U.S. mortgage lenders. Quicken Loans is No. 1 on Computerworld magazine’s “100 Best Places to Work in IT” and has been named one of FORTUNE Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” for 13 consecutive years.

Dan is also a shareholder in several sports-related consumer and technology businesses, including a leading wall graphics company (Fathead), electronic ticketing company (Flash Seats) and innovative sports equipment helmet maker (Xenith).

Dan began moving his Family of Companies to Detroit’s central business district in 2010 in an effort to help lead the transformation of a great American city. In January 2010, Dan co-founded Bedrock Detroit, a full-service real estate firm specializing in purchasing, leasing, financing, developing and managing commercial space based in downtown Detroit. Since then, he has invested more than $2.2 billion to purchase and renovate more than 95 commercial properties accounting for more than 15 million square feet in the city’s urban core. Thousands of jobs have been created, and today more than 15,000 Rock Ventures team members work in downtown Detroit.

Dan also founded JACK Entertainment, a developer and owner of unique urban casinos in downtown Cleveland, Cincinnati and Baltimore. In 2013, the company also acquired Detroit’s Greektown Casino-Hotel, which will be renamed as JACK Detroit Casino-Hotel Greektown later this year.

In March 2013, Rock Ventures, in collaboration with the Downtown Detroit Partnership and Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, unveiled and implemented a visionary placemaking and retail plan centered on creating activity and vibrant, distinct destinations to draw people to the region using a multifaceted approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces.

Dan is a Founder and Principal of Detroit Venture Partners (DVP), a venture capital firm that funds startup and early-stage technology companies in Detroit. He is also a Founding Partner of Detroit-based private equity group Rockbridge Growth Equity LLC, which invests in growing businesses in the financial services, Internet technology, consumer-direct marketing and the sports and entertainment industries across the United States.

In September 2013, Dan was named co-chair of the Blight Removal Task Force. The group, appointed by the Obama Administration, published a detailed plan in May 2014 to remove all blighted structures and lots in the city of Detroit. He also serves as Vice Chairman of the M-1 RAIL initiative, which began construction in July 2014. The 6.6-mile modern streetcar system, known as QLINE, is designed to spur economic development and improve downtown and midtown Detroit’s transportation infrastructure.

Dan serves on the boards of the Cleveland Clinic, the Washington D.C.-based Children’s National Medical Center and the Children’s Tumor Foundation, which is focused on finding a cure for the genetic disorder neurofibromatosis.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and his law degree from Wayne State University.



The Honorable John Kasich
Governor
State of Ohio
Columbus, OH

John R. Kasich was sworn in as Ohio’s 69th governor on January 10, 2011. In his inaugural address he called on Ohioans to come together to make the Buckeye State stronger and more prosperous for all.

As Governor, Kasich’s top priority is to create a jobs-friendly climate so Ohioans can get back to work. By closing an $8 billion budget shortfall without a tax increase, reducing taxes by $5 billion, cutting wasteful spending and eliminating red tape, and creating more than 426,800 jobs, Ohio is in a stronger position than it was when Kasich took office.

Kasich is no stranger to taking on and solving big problems. He served as a member of Congress from central Ohio for 18 years and, as the chairman of the House Budget Committee, he led the effort to balance the federal budget for the first time since 1969 and helped enact historic welfare reform.

After leaving Congress in 2000 and running for President, Kasich worked as a managing director in the Investment Banking Division of Lehman Brothers, where he helped companies secure the resources they needed to succeed and create jobs. He was also a commentator for FOX News and a Presidential Fellow at his alma mater, The Ohio State University.

Kasich is the author of three New York Times best-sellers: Courage is Contagious; Stand for Something: The Battle for America’s Soul; and Every Other Monday, which was published in 2010 and focuses on the importance of faith in making both everyday choices and life-changing decisions.

Known for being straightforward, optimistic and energetic, Kasich brings a commonsense, results-oriented focus to the Governor’s Office. His Lt. Governor is Mary Taylor, a CPA and the former Ohio Auditor of State, who reinforces this outlook and mission.

Kasich, 64, is a 1974 graduate of The Ohio State University and lives in Westerville with his wife, Karen Waldbillig Kasich, and their twin daughters, Emma and Reese.



Dr. Janet L. Kavandi, PhD
Director
NASA’s John H. Glenn Research Center
Cleveland, OH

Dr. Janet L. Kavandi serves as Director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s John H. Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. In this position, she is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing the activities required in accomplishing the missions assigned to the center. Glenn is engaged in research, technology, and systems development in support of the nation’s space propulsion, space power, space communications, aeronautical propulsion, microgravity sciences, and materials development programs. The Glenn staff consists of more than 3,200 civil service and support contractor employees and has an annual budget of approximately $625 million. Prior to accepting the director’s position, Dr. Kavandi served as Glenn’s Deputy Director.

Before coming to Glenn, Dr. Kavandi worked at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, where she served as the Director of Flight Crew Operations. In this role, she was responsible for the Astronaut Corps and aircraft operations at Ellington Field. Dr. Kavandi also served as the Deputy Director of the Health and Human Performance Directorate, where she was responsible for the NASA flight surgeons and human research investigations on the International Space Station (ISS).

Dr. Kavandi was selected as a NASA astronaut in December 1994 as a member of the fifteenth class of U.S. astronauts. During her time in the Astronaut Office, she supported ISS payload integration, capsule communications, robotics, and served as Deputy Chief of the Astronaut Office. She is a veteran of three space flights, serving as a mission specialist on STS-91 in 1998, STS-99 in 2000, and STS-104 in 2001. Dr. Kavandi has logged more than 33 days in space, traveling more than 13.1 million miles in 535 Earth orbits.

Born in Springfield, Missouri, she earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, a master of science degree in chemistry from the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, and her doctorate in analytical chemistry from the University of Washington in Seattle.

Dr. Kavandi has been recognized with a Presidential Rank Award, two NASA Outstanding Leadership Medals, two Exceptional Service Medals and three NASA Space Flight Medals.

Dr. Kavandi and her husband, John, have two adult children.



Bill Koehler
Chief Executive Officer
Team NEO
Cleveland, OH

As Chief Executive Officer of Team NEO, Bill Koehler is focused on seeing Northeast Ohio grow and thrive. With more than 20 years of banking experience behind him, Bill puts his knowledge and expertise to work as he collaborates with our partners and others to attract new businesses, help those that are here grow and accelerate the impact of innovation in the region.

Taking the helm of Team NEO in June of 2015, Bill has become a powerful voice in the economic development community, helping to align the services of Team NEO with the needs of the region. Under his leadership, Team NEO is working to improve the performance of Northeast Ohio’s economic development system, with the support of its many partners.

Prior to joining Team NEO, Bill served as President of Key Community Bank, where he led 9,000 employees across 14 states. During his banking career, Bill worked with private and public middle market companies. Bill earned a Master of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance from Columbia University’s Business School and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Harvard University.

As an active member of the Northeast Ohio community, Bill serves on a number of education-related, non-profit boards and committees including College Now of Greater Cleveland, Friends of Breakthrough Charter Schools, Urban Community School and St. Ignatius High School. Mr. Koehler also served as Co-Chair of the Harvard Club of Northeast Ohio’s Schools and Scholarships Committee for 10 years. Bill is a member of the Advisory Board for Bancsource, a portfolio company of CapitalWorks, a middle market focus private equity investment firm.



Len Komoroski
Chief Executive Officer
Cavaliers/Quicken Loans Arena
Cleveland, OH

Len Komoroski is Chief Executive Officer of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena organization. The organization includes the Lake Erie Monsters (AHL), Cleveland Gladiators (AFL), and Canton Charge (NBADL). In addition, he plays a leadership role for business operations and business-related endeavors for Cavs majority owner Dan Gilbert’s family of sports and entertainment interests in Ohio. He is also a principal in Rock Gaming, which operates Horseshoe Casino Cleveland. Most recently, he played a significant leadership role in securing Cleveland as the host city for the 2016 Republican National Convention.

With more than 30 years of experience in pro sports and entertainment, Komoroski’s leadership has helped set a solid business foundation from which the Cleveland Cavaliers, Lake Erie Monsters, Cleveland Gladiators, Canton Charge and Quicken Loans Arena have flourished into one of the most successfully operated sports and entertainment organizations in the country.

Komoroski joined the Cavaliers organization in 2003 as president. In his first year he restructured and transformed how the Cavaliers approached the business community; assembled a team of top sports marketing pros; transformed the organization’s communications efforts; and oversaw the development of one of the most dynamic game experiences in the NBA. Other accomplishments at the helm of the Cavaliers business operations include playing pivotal roles in developing one of the top cable television relationships in the NBA with Fox Sports Ohio, as well as securing the entitlement of the Cavaliers new state-of-the-art player development center - Cleveland Clinic Courts.

The Cavaliers franchise has been repeatedly recognized within the pro sports team industry (NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB and MLS) as one of five finalists for Sports Business Journal’s prestigious “Sports Team of the Year” award in recent years. The award recognizes excellence, creativity and innovation in franchise business operations.

As one of the seven Principles of Rock Gaming, Komoroski played an instrumental role in bringing first-class, full-service casino gaming to downtown Cleveland and Cincinnati along with thousands of jobs and millions of dollars of positive economic impact for local and statewide communities.

Very active as a community and civic leader, he serves on the board of directors of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, the Downtown Cleveland Alliance, the Cleveland State University Foundation, and the Cleveland chapters of the American Red Cross and United Way. He is also Chairman of the Board for Destination Cleveland, Cleveland’s convention and visitor’s bureau. Komoroski was named Sales and Marketing Executives of Cleveland’s (SME) 2013 Business Executive of the Year, and in 2014 received the PRSA John Hill Award for outstanding understanding of and support for communications by an organization's president or chief executive officer.

Prior to joining the Cavaliers organization, Komoroski was the Senior Vice President and Chief of Business Operations with the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles (1996-2003). There, he played a pivotal role in the Eagles’ growth and business success, which included bringing the Eagles Television Network in-house and helping to broker the record-setting, multi-million dollar naming rights deal for the Eagles training facility, the NovaCare Complex; development of Lincoln Financial Field, the Eagles state-of-the-art stadium and secured a 20-year, $140 million naming rights agreement with Lincoln Financial Group which, at the time, was one of the largest such agreements in pro sports history.

Prior to the Eagles, Komoroski was the Senior Vice President and COO of the International Hockey League’s (IHL) Cleveland Lumberjacks (1994-96). The team was one of three profitable IHL teams in 1996. His first stint in the NBA was with Minnesota Timberwolves as Vice President of Sales (1988-1994), there he played a major role in the start-up of the team and its arena, the Target Center.

Komoroski is a 1982 cum laude graduate of Duquesne University. He and his wife Denise have three daughters – Kristin, Kelly, Jamie and a son, Zachary.



Mathy V. Stanislaus
Assistant Administrator for the Office of Land and Emergency Management
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Washington, DC

Mathy Stanislaus was nominated by President Barack Obama for the position of Assistant Administrator in EPA's Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM) on March 31, 2009, and began his service on June 8, 2009, after confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

As Assistant Administrator for OLEM, Mr. Stanislaus leads EPA’s programs that revitalize communities through the cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated sites under Superfund, Brownfields, and Resources Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) programs. OLEM also oversees other federal agencies cleanup of contaminated properties, and it advances hazardous and solid waste materials management under RCRA, chemical plant safety, oil spill prevention, underground storage tank program, and emergency response. He regularly testifies before Congress regarding aspects of these programs, including rules and budget.

He is leading the effort to advance the transition to a circular economy through a life-cycle based sustainable materials management approach. This effort involves his representing the U.S. at G7 deliberations and in the G7 Alliance for Resources Efficiency to promote best practices and foster innovation to address the challenges of resource efficiency. This alliance provides a forum for businesses and stakeholders from the public sector, research institutions, academia, and consumers to exchange information on resource efficiency.

He has focused on continuing the innovation of the Brownfields program to advance the revitalization of communities. Recognizing that successful, sustained community revitalization – particularly in communities facing economic distress/disruption – is achieved from inclusive revitalization planning among neighborhood groups, local governments and the private sector, he established the innovative Area Wide Brownfields grant program. This tool enables the development of a plan for community-wide improvements such as infrastructure investments that catalyze redevelopment on brownfield sites, equitably revitalize communities, and meet the community’s needs for affordable housing, jobs and open space. To align local planning efforts with sustainable economic development, he has advanced the innovative preference and priority concept of infrastructure and other economic resources for communities that have established inclusive area wide plans, such as in the DOT Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery or TIGER Discretionary Grant programs. He has furthered the continued alignment of EPA resources with private financing by clarifying brownfield revolving loan fund requirements to accommodate financing structures used in the affordable housing industry. He was recognized by the Council of Development Finance Agencies for his efforts to align EPA’s Brownfields resources with local development finance, and he was awarded a 2014 Excellence in Development Finance Award.

He leads EPA's efforts to advance the Obama Administration's Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership, a key aspect of the effort to expand middle class job opportunities. He served on the White House Council on Auto Communities and Workers, which led the effort to assist local leaders to transition closed auto plants to productive reuses. He is a tri-chair of the Obama Administration Chemical Facility Safety and Security Working Group, which is leading efforts to assist state and local emergency preparedness organizations, policy changes to improve the safety of chemical plants and other actions set forth in “Executive Order 13650: Actions to Improve Chemical Facility Safety and Security – A Shared Commitment. Report to the President May 2014.” Through the Community Engagement Initiative, he has focused on open government, expanding transparency, and empowering local communities. He leads the Agency's efforts to support community based actions to address environmental justice under Plan EJ 2014. He led the finalization of the Definition of Solid Waste rule to enhance protection of vulnerable communities from the mismanagement of recycling facilities and increasing the recycling of recovered materials. He also led the finalization of the first national rule to safely manage coal ash disposal.

He is leading OLEM’s actions to advance the President's Climate Action Plan including the implementation of OLEM’s adaptation plan (PDF) (41 pp, 452 K, About PDF). He serves on the interagency working group for the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Following the Deep Water Horizon BP Spill in 2010, he led EPA's response and served for weeks in Unified Area Command. He also served on Department of Interior’s Ocean Energy Safety Advisory Committee, which was charged to provide critical guidance on improving offshore drilling safety, well containment, and spill response, in support of the exploration of new energy frontiers.

Mr. Stanislaus is a chemical engineer and environmental lawyer with over 20 years of experience in the environmental field in the private and public sectors. He served as senior environmental counsel at a law firm, and director of environmental compliance for an environmental consulting firm. He started and operated a small business providing consulting services to local governments and local communities on projects ranging from the cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated properties, the proposed siting and expansion of power plants, solid waste facilities and large highways. He has worked in the not-for-profit sector, co-founding and co-directing New Partners for Community Revitalization, a NY not-for-profit organization whose mission is to advance the renewal of New York's low and moderate income neighborhoods and communities of color through the redevelopment of Brownfields sites. He also is former counsel for EPA's Region 2 Office.

Mr. Stanislaus was an advisor to other federal government agencies, Congress, and the United Nations on a variety of environmental issues. He chaired an EPA workgroup in 1997 that investigated the clustering of waste transfer stations in low income and communities of color throughout the United States. He served on the board of the NYC Environmental Justice Alliance. In June 1994, as a member of United Nations Environment Programme - Environmental Advisory Council, he served as counsel to the United Nations' summit that examined environmental issues affecting New York's indigenous communities of the Haudaunosaunee Confederacy, as part of the United Nations' International Year of the Indigenous Communities. He received his law degree from Chicago Kent Law School and Chemical Engineering Degree from City College of New York. He was born in Sri Lanka, and his family immigrated to this country to seek freedom and opportunity.



Michael Lyons
Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate & Institutional Banking
PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.
Pittsburgh, PA

Michael P. Lyons is executive vice president and head of Corporate & Institutional Banking.

Before joining PNC in October 2011, Lyons served as global head of corporate development and strategic planning for Bank of America. In that role he was primarily responsible for repositioning Bank of America's balance sheet to help the company focus on its core businesses and growth strategy. He was also responsible for mergers and acquisitions, the private equity business, the LaSalle trust and custody business, investor relations and the bank’s strategic partnership and investment in China Construction Bank.

Previously, he served as a portfolio manager at investment advisor Maverick Capital. Prior to Maverick, Lyons worked in the investment banking division of Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch where he focused on financial institutions.

Lyons is a national trustee of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and currently serves on the investment committee. In addition, he serves on the board of directors for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy.

Lyons graduated from the University of Pennsylvania magna cum laude in 1993.



Brad Whitehead
President
The Fund for Our Economic Future
Cleveland, OH

In his role as president of the Fund, Brad pretends to direct staff activities and facilitates member engagement in accomplishing the Fund's mission. Brad worked with others to establish the Fund in 2004 while a Senior Fellow at The Cleveland Foundation. As those who work with him can attest, Brad is a recovering consultant. Prior to his "one year leave" to serve as Senior Fellow, Brad was a senior partner at McKinsey & Company, where he worked for 20 years. He worked throughout North America and Europe on a broad range of business management and public policy issues. He co-founded the Firm's North American Environment Practice and was a global leader of its Growth & Business Building practice.

Brad's roots and values extend to a youth spent in a small Illinois farm town. He graduated with honors in economics from Harvard College and received an M.P.A. from the Kennedy School. His eclectic job experiences include living with Pygmies in the Congo (really), working as a bank management trainee in London, collecting lianas in the Amazon, and spending many summers cutting weeds out of soybean fields.

Brad takes immense joy from his family. His wife Amy is a psychotherapist, which comes in handy being married to Brad. They have a daughter, a graduate student studying agriculture at Ohio State, and three sons, one a U.S. Army Lieutenant, and identical twins who are in college in Maine. When not wrangling with civic leaders on economic issues, Brad can be found plying the waters of the Cuyahoga in his rowing shell. He channels his inner demons by competing around the U.S. and internationally. Brad is a founder of CMSD Rows and serves on the boards of OneCommunity and the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Council.



The Honorable Jay Williams
Assistant Secretary for Economic Development
Economic Development Administration, United States Department of Commerce
Washington, DC

Jay Williams was appointed by President Obama to serve as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development and was sworn into office on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.

As the Administrator of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), Williams is charged with leading the federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, preparing American regions for growth and success in the global economy.

Prior to joining the Department of Commerce, Jay served as the executive director of the Office of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers. In this capacity, he worked directly with state and local stakeholders in areas affected by the changing American automotive industry to deliver federal support to ensure they returned to better economic condition.

He also served in the White House as Deputy Director for the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. In this position, he led efforts to engage mayors, city council members, and county officials around the country.

Williams served as the Mayor of Youngstown, Ohio from 2006 to August 1, 2011. During his tenure as Mayor of Youngstown, Williams led efforts that had a direct impact on improving the quality of life for the citizens of Youngstown.

Williams is the recipient of the 2007 John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award. The JFK Library Foundation, in conjunction with the Harvard University Institute of Politics, annually recognizes two exceptional young Americans- under the age of 40, whose contributions in elective office, community service or advocacy demonstrate the impact and value of public service in the spirit of President John F. Kennedy.

Prior to being elected, Williams spent five years as the Director of Community Development for the city. Before transitioning into public service, Williams enjoyed a distinguished career in banking, which included stints at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and First Place Bank, as a vice president.

Assistant Secretary Williams was born and raised in Youngstown. He graduated from Youngstown State University with a B.S.B.A., majoring in finance.

 

 

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