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IEDC Staff


You may contact the IEDC at the following address and telephone/fax numbers:

IEDC
734 15th Street NW / Suite 900
Washington, DC 20005
Telephone: (202) 223-7800
Fax: (202) 223-4745


Payments should be addressed to:

IEDC
P.O. Box 759219
Baltimore, MD 21275-9219


Individual staff may be contacted directly at their corresponding telephone numbers and email addresses.

 

IEDC Staff Biographies and Contact Information

Comprised of recognized leaders in economic development and professionals skilled in association management, our staff dedicates itself to supporting the endeavors of our members and advancing the profession and discipline of economic development as a whole.


» Executive
» Knowledge Management and Development
» Membership
» Marketing, Member Services, and Meetings
» Finance and Administration

 

Executive

Jeff Finkle, CEcD
President/CEO

As President and CEO of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), Jeff Finkle is a recognized leader and authority on economic development. With the formation of IEDC in 2001 following the merger of the Council for Urban Economic Development (CUED) - where he was president for 15 years - and the American Economic Development Council (AEDC), Jeff set the course for a more effective and influential organization. Today IEDC is the world's largest economic development membership organization and is a $5 million annual operation that is renowned for its leadership in professionalizing and diversifying the field of economic development.

Jeff previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and has received numerous awards over the years for his commitment to making sustainable economic development a priority in communities of all sizes. Significantly, in 2011 he was lauded by the U.S. Department of Commerce for his 25 years of stewardship over CUED and IEDC. Moreover, as a longtime leader in community service and philanthropy, in 2005 Jeff organized 250 economic development volunteers to work in Gulf Coast communities endeavoring to recover from Hurricane Katrina. In 1989 he also founded the Bollinger Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to children who have lost a parent who worked in the field of economic development.

A frequent lecturer and author of numerous articles, Jeff has appeared on CBS Sunday Morning, Fox television and the Journal Report on PBS. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in communications in 1976 from Ohio University in Athens and pursued graduate studies in business administration at Ohio State University. He maintains a strong connection with Ohio University’s Voinovich School for Leadership and Public Affairs.


Ann Seely
Executive Assistant to President/CEO
Direct line: (202) 942-9476
Email: aseely@iedconline.org

Ann Seely supports the strategic objectives of IEDC by providing high-level support to the President and CEO, Governance Committee of the IEDC Board of Directors, and the Bollinger Foundation.

Prior to joining IEDC, Ann’s provided extensive high-level support services Executives at AARP Foundation and Catholic Charities USA. She has also provided development services and volunteer management functions for the Center for Children and Families, and the Calm Waters Center for Children.


Matthew Mullin
Senior Director of Public Policy & Strategic Engagement
Direct line: (202) 942-9482
Email: mmullin@iedconline.org

Matthew Mullin manages the public policy portfolio at IEDC, which includes legislative tracking, policy analysis and general government affairs. He is responsible for daily monitoring of Congressional activity, as well as keeping tabs on happenings at relevant federal agencies. He also maintains connections with complimentary organizations in Washington that share an interest in economic development policy. Matt keeps members up-to-date on what’s happening in Washington through legislative alerts and the Federal Update portion of the IEDC newsletter. Matt produces the IEDC annual policy document, the Federal Review, and facilitates the production of the Federal Agenda, a document that highlights economic development policy priorities for Congress and the administration. Matt is the project manager for the Federal Economic Development Forum, IEDC’s annual federal public policy conference.

Prior to joining IEDC, Matt worked in various public policy roles at the National Foreign Trade Council and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. Matt is from Cleveland, OH, and a graduate of Ohio Northern University.

 

Knowledge Management and Development

Lynn A. Knight, CEcD
Vice President of Knowledge Management and Development
Direct Line: (202) 942-9460
Email: lknight@iedconline.org

Lynn Knight is IEDC's Vice President of Knowledge Management and Development. A Certified Economic Developer with diverse experience in the field, her roles and responsibilities include managing a team of professional researchers, project managers, and content developers who are tasked with staying on top of the latest trends in economic development. In this position she works closely with the IEDC leadership and the Economic Development Research Partners (EDRP), a high level membership think tank, manages the organization's newsletter and research publications, develops conference and webinar content, oversees the Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO), oversees international work and federally-sponsored economic development projects, technical assistance and cooperative projects that are undertaken with partner organizations.

Knight has more than 25 years of experience in domestic and international business management and economic development. Prior to joining IEDC, she served as the Director of Economic Development Programs for Management Analysis, Inc., providing economic development and tourism consulting for federal government clients. She served as the representative of a territorial Governor in Washington D.C., chaired two economic development commissions, a hotel association, and the Chamber of Commerce for the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. For 8 years she was the vice president of an award-winning international holding company which operated businesses in a dozen industries. In this capacity she managed a corporate affairs department, the company's charitable foundation, a daily newspaper, and served on the executive committee of a group of resort hotels. Early in her career Knight was Director of the Office of the Chairman for ComputerLand, a $1.4 billion franchisor which operated 880 stores in 26 countries. She became a television anchorwoman and then an entrepreneur, founding a small business incubator and a full service advertising agency, which she operated for 14 years. Knight earned a double major in Communications and Psychology from California State University, Chico.


Louise Anderson
Senior Associate, Managing Editor
Direct line: (828) 350-8855
Email: landerson@iedconline.org

Louise Anderson edits IEDC's newsletter, Economic Development Now, and works on research and technical assistance projects. She has worked on projects for local, state and federal economic development organizations in areas that include strategic planning, entrepreneurship, economic recovery, brownfield redevelopment and more. She has written and edited extensively on a range of economic development subjects and edited a quarterly magazine, Economic Development America, for the U.S. Economic Development Administration, for four years.

Prior to joining IEDC, Ms. Anderson worked in communications and nonprofit management. She earned master's degrees in regional planning (with a focus on economic development) and public administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also holds bachelor of arts degrees in journalism and English literature from Indiana University at Bloomington.


Dana Crater
Senior Economic Development Associate
Email: dcrater@iedconline.org

Dana manages and works on? a variety of research and advisory service projects in IEDC's knowledge management and development ?practice?. She can frequently be found developing customized trainings, organizing technical assistance projects, instructing in workshops, and producing publications. Additionally, she manages the Accredited Economic Development Organizations (AEDO) program.

Dana's work experience includes logistics management, market research, an international trade mission, consulting on a redevelopment of a development in St. Petersburg, Russia, and youth programming. She holds a Masters of Community Planning specialization in economic development and a B.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park.


Eli Dile
Associate Editor
Direct Line: (202) 942-9488 
Email: edile@iedconline.org

Eli Dile is the Newsletter Coordinator for Economic Development Now, IEDC's bimonthly newsletter. He writes, edits, and conducts research on newsletter content concerning pertinent topics and trends in economic development. He holds a master's degree in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh, where he also received his BA in History and Political Science. During his studies, Eli gained extensive experience in writing and editing while working as a reporter for his undergraduate newspaper and as an editor for his graduate school's student journal. Prior to joining IEDC, he worked as a substitute teacher and managed a model congress program for students visiting Washington, D.C


Mishka Parkins
Economic Development Associate
Direct Line: (202) 942-9473
Email: mparkins@iedconline.org

Mishka manages various research, training, and technical assistance projects for IEDC’s Knowledge Management and Development department and Economic Development Research Partners (EDRP) program. Mishka has authored multiple publications on a wide range of economic development topics. She is also a contributing author to IEDC’s ED Now blog, Economic Development Now, and professional development education courses. Mishka also manages IEDC’s year-long Internship program, serves as the staff liaison for the IEDC International Advisory Committee, and coordinates IEDC’s international activities.

Prior to joining IEDC, she worked as a Commercial Real Estate Analyst and market editor for the CoStar Group, Inc. She is also a freelance designer. Ms. Parkins holds a MA in Public Administration from Washington Adventist University and a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.

 

Membership

Phil Goodwin
Director of Membership Services
Direct line: (202) 639-9106
Email: pgoodwin@iedconline.org

Phil Goodwin works in the membership department, providing support for member services such as maintaining IEDC's affinity program and consultant database. Other responsibilities focus on the recruitment of new prospects and the retention of existing members. Phil graduated with a bachelors in economics, with a focus in international economics from the University of Washington.


Chris Collins
Member Services Coordinator
Direct line: (202) 942-9485
Email: ccollins@iedconline.org

Chris Collins is the Member Services Coordinator at IEDC. In this role, he serves as the liaison between IEDC and its 5200+ members, working to ensure member satisfaction by resolving questions and concerns, and working to grow IEDC's community by managing retention and recruitment campaigns.

Chris graduated from American University with a B.A. in public communication and a minor in marketing. He has a background working with non-profit associations, small businesses, and political campaigns to create positive customer experiences and strengthen engagement with stakeholders.

 

Marketing, Member Services, and Meetings

Emily Bell
Senior Director, Professional Development
Direct line: (202) 942-9452
Email: ebell@iedconline.org

Emily Bell provides strategic oversight to IEDC’s professional development portfolio including training courses, the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) program, and Excellence in Economic Development Awards. She also acts as staff liaison to several board and advisory committees as well as serves as the main point of contact for education partners. Before stepping into the professional development role, Emily also held the Member Services Coordinator and External Affairs Associate positions during her eight years at IEDC.

Prior to joining IEDC, Emily served in the Peace Corps as a youth development volunteer in Ukraine, where she taught government, life skills and computer classes to children grades 3-12. She also worked as Grievance Director at the Cuyahoga County Bar Association, overseeing the attorney complaint process. Emily holds a BA in Social Science from St. Bonaventure University, where she was a 3 year starter on the women's soccer team. She currently lives in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, DC with her husband and two daughters.


Akia Ashmond Brew, MBA
Senior Director, Marketing & Digital Community Engagement
Direct line: (202) 545-7323
Email: agbrew@iedconline.org

Akia Ashmond Brew has over 20 years experience in traditional and digital marketing strategy, branding and communications, and is a certified social media marketer. She has extensive print project management, email marketing, advertising and video directing experience. She has branded and rebranded dozens of organizations. Akia’s experience spans the commercial, nonprofit and government sectors. She got her official start in the field as a marketing coordinator for the Smithsonian Institution on the National Mall. From there, she’s held many other positions, including, marketing manager, marketing director, sr. marketing director, director of operations and business development and other key business positions. Also, Akia is an entrepreneur, having launched and run a Washington, D.C.-based company, Brandbuilder, where she built and branded several offline and online communities, including an international brand in Ghana, West Africa.

Akia is an advocate for small business and entrepreneurship, a podcaster for the show ThinkBIG, public speaker, and author. She is a seven year Adjunct Professor of marketing, consumer behavior and business at Trinity University of Washington, DC, where she regularly sits on capstone project judging committees to assess the soundness of MBA candidate’s final projects before program completion. She has served on numerous international, domestic and regional boards of directors. Akia holds a certificate for 35 hours of completion for project management from the Graduate School USA, with an emphasis on the PMBOK® Guide, and a Leading for High Performance certificate from the Executive Education program at the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business. Akia is a Master of Business Administration in International Business from Trinity University and holds a bachelors of Communication from Marymount University. Akia lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband and children where she enjoys researching digital and social media behaviors, visiting the driving range, cooking and learning about international cultures and cuisine.


Lin Guba
Senior Director, Meetings
Direct line: (202) 942-9487
Email: lguba@iedconline.org

Lin, a veteran Meeting and Event Professional who works with IEDC members and staff to help promote the ideas and strategic initiatives of the organization through their four conferences each year, has been working in the events industry more than 25 years. She is an Events Industry Council (EIC) Certified Meeting Professional (CMP).

Lin works to ensure IEDC’s vision and goals for events are successfully achieved through communication, diligence in the management of details, creative thinking and use of new technologies whenever possible. She has worked in many capacities in the events industry during her career and has worked in Multiple Association Management for Trade Associations and Users Groups; in private entrepreneurship as an Independent Meeting Consultant to corporate groups. Also, she spent a decade working in Higher Education for a major Maryland University. She has extensive experience planning conferences, trade shows, meetings, seminars, signature university events and ceremonies, and donor relations and appreciation events.

Lin earned a Certificate in Meetings Management from the Meeting Professionals International/Global Business Travel Association/University of Virginia Darden School of Business CMM Program. She has most recently completed the Sustainable Event Professional Certificate Program offered through the Events Industry Council. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management and Marketing from Purdue University Krannert School of Business in West Lafayette, IN. When not planning conferences for IEDC, Lin enjoys gardening, reading just about anything, visiting with her two adult daughters in Colorado, and experiencing international travel with her husband. She lives in Howard County, Maryland.


Marjorie Rose
Professional Development Coordinator
Direct line: (202) 942-9458
Email: mrose@iedconline.org

Marjorie Rose is the Professional Development Coordinator for IEDC. Marjorie program manages the certification program and is the point of contact for Certified Economic Developers (CEcDs). She holds a B.A in Political Science with minors in French and Spanish from Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to joining IEDC Marjorie was an English teacher for the Spanish Ministry of Education in Valladolid, Spain.

 

Finance and Administration

Sharon Coy
Vice President of Finance & CFO
Email: scoy@iedconline.org

Sharon Coy serves as the Vice President of Finance & CFO for IEDC. In her role with IEDC, she ensures efficiency, accuracy, and timeliness within the organization's daily accounting operations. Ms. Coy is responsible for providing accurate financial information to each organization's Board of Directors and President/CEO.

Sharon Coy graduated from Hawaii Pacific University with a B.S.B.A. in Accounting. Ms. Coy brings 12 years of professional experience to each organization. She has served as an auditor for Reznick, Fedder & Silverman CPAs. She has managed the monthly close and executive reporting for a publicly traded telecommunications company which also included a foreign subsidiary. Ms. Coy has also served as a Principal Accountant for America Online where she provided contract review support for the Shared Services Department. At AOL, her duties included reviewing and providing the specific payment terms of all Partnership Agreements as well as the proposed accounting treatment of these bounty and royalty contracts.


Jason Christian
Senior Director of IT
Direct line: (202) 942-9456
Email: jchristian@iedconline.org

Jason manages the design and development of IEDC's information technology infrastructure, including its internal network, databases, and websites, the last for which he won a WebAward. He has also developed websites with partners such as Forbes and the Economic Development Administration.

Prior to joining IEDC, Jason served as Project Manager of Web Design for FIRSTLINK, where he managed the online integration of the nation's largest community information services database. He holds a BA in Technical Communications, with a minor in Japanese, from the Ohio State University.


Cherrika Gordon
Conference Registrar
Direct Line: (202) 942-9463
Email: cgordon@iedconline.org

Cherrika Gordon serves as the Conference Registrar for IEDC. In her role, she provides assistance in all aspects of conference planning, execution, and follow-up, including managing all conference registration and billing concerns. In addition, Cherrika is responsible for coordinating office services and related activities.