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Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Chair: James C. Johnson, Executive Director,
Steuben County IDA

Chair Elect: Sarah Lee, Executive Director, Dutchess County IDA

Vice Chair: Thomas Kucharski, President & CEO, Invest Buffalo Niagara

Vice Chair: Matt HurlbuttPresident & CEO, Greater Rochester Enterprise

Treasurer:  Steve Griffin, CEO,
Finger Lakes Economic Development Corp.

Secretary: Elena Garuc,
Executive Director, FuzeHub


Immediate Past Chair:  
Patrick J. Kelly, CEO , St. Lawrence County 


  • Western New York: John Cappellino, Executive Director of the Erie County IDA 
  • Long Island: Frederick C. Braun, Chair, Town of Brookhaven
  • Mid-Hudson: Bridget Gibbons, Director of Economic Development, Westchester County
  • Southern Tier: Heather McDaniel, President, Ithaca Area Economic Development 
  • Finger Lakes: Steve Hyde, President and Chief Executive Officer, Genesee County Economic Development Center
  • Central New York: David V. Bottar, Executive Director, CNY Regional Planning & Development Board
  • Capital Region: Robert L. Pasinella, Executive Director, Rensselaer County IDA
  • Mohawk Valley: Ronald Peters, President & CEO, Fulton County Center for Regional Growth
  • New York City: Rochelle Powell, Managing Director, Prager & Co. LLC
  • North Country: Brittany Davis, Executive Director, Lewis County Economic Development


  • Maribel Cruz-Brown, Vice President, Economic Development & Key Account Management, NYPA
  • Heather Devitt, Deputy Director, Mohawk Valley Economic Development District, Inc.
  • Victoria Duley, Executive Director, Adirondack Economic Development Corporation
  • Stacey Duncan, Executive Director and CEO, The Agency and Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce
  • Kipp Hicks, Executive Director, Madison County IDA
  • Art Hamlin, Director, Economic Development & Corporate Citizenship, National Grid
  • Dr. Marnie Lavigne, Launch NY
  • Emily Marcus,  Vice President, New York City Economic Development Corporation
  • Zoë Nelson, Associate Director of State Relations for Cornell University
  • Katie Newcombe, Chief Economic Development Officer, Center for Economic Growth
  • Crickett Thomas-O’Dell, Statewide Pre-Apprentice Program Coordinator and Director of Community Engagement at the Workforce Development Institute (WDI)  
  • Bob Petrovich, Executive Director, Onondaga County IDA
  • Dr. Roger Ramsammy, President, Hudson Valley Community College
  • Honora Spillane, Vice President of Economic Development, CenterState CEO
  • Kyle Strober, Executive Director, Association for a Better Long Island
  • Therese Daly, Interim Executive Director, NYATEP

Board Member Emeritus: Jim Griffin, Hornell IDA