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Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Chair: Sarah Lee, Executive Director, Dutchess County IDA

Chair Elect: Steve Griffin, CEO,
Finger Lakes Economic Development Corp.

Vice Chair: Bridget Gibbons, Director of Economic Development, Westchester County

Vice Chair: Matt HurlbuttPresident & CEO, Greater Rochester Enterprise

Vice Chair: Brittany Davis, Executive Director, Lewis County Economic Development

Treasurer:  Thomas Kucharski, President & CEO, Invest Buffalo Niagara

Secretary: Elena Garuc,
Executive Director, FuzeHub


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


  • Western New York: John Cappellino, Executive Director of the Erie County IDA 
  • Long Island: Frederick C. Braun, Chair, Town of Brookhaven
  • Mid-Hudson: Steve Porath, Executive Director, Rockland County IDA
  • Southern Tier: Heather McDaniel, President, Ithaca Area Economic Development 
  • Capital Region: Katie Newcombe, Chief Economic Development Officer, Center for Economic Growth
  • Central New York: Honora Spillane, Vice President of Economic Development, CenterState CEO
  • 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
  • Patrick J. Kelly, CEO , St. Lawrence County
  • Dr. Marnie Lavigne, Launch NY
  • Emily Marcus,  Vice President, New York City Economic Development Corporation
  • Kelly Murphy, Executive Director / CEO, Suffolk County IDA
  • Zoë Nelson, Associate Director of State Relations for Cornell University
  • 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
  • John Piseck, CEO, Herkimer County IDA
  • Joe Sayre, Manager - Economic Development, NYSEG / RG&E
  • Kyle Strober, Executive Director, Association for a Better Long Island
  • Therese Daly, Interim Executive Director, NYATEP

Board Member Emeritus: Jim Griffin, Hornell IDA