Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development

Tom Wolf, Governor
Dennis M. Davin, Secretary

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Dennis Davin

Dennis M. Davin

Acting Secretary
Department of Community and Economic Development

Dennis M. Davin was appointed to serve as Secretary of the Department of Community and Economic Development in January 2015 by Governor Tom Wolf.

Prior to his appointment, Secretary Davin served for more than a decade as Director of the Allegheny County Department of Economic Development (ACED), where he was responsible for establishing and executing the economic development strategy for Allegheny County. He managed funding from local, state and federal sources to implement economic development activities such as site development, new job creation initiatives, community development, and affordable housing for approximately 1.25 million citizens in 130 municipalities. He also served as Director of the Allegheny County Redevelopment Authority and Executive Director of the Industrial Development Authority, Hospital Development Authority, Higher Education Building Authority, and Residential Finance Authority.

Secretary Davin is a former board member and treasurer of the Allegheny County Airport Authority, a former member of the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance Partnership, Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board, International Economic Development Council, and National Association for Industrial and Office Parks, and a Carnegie Mellon University Center for Economic Development Fellow.

Sheri Collins

Deputy Secretary
Office of Technology and Innovation, Department of Community and Economic Development

Sheri Collins started her career in public service in 1986 with the Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement System. In 2004, Sheri transferred to DCED to administer the Keystone Innovation Zone program, a newly launched technology-based economic development initiative designed to spur innovation and entrepreneurship in and around Pennsylvania’s colleges and universities. Over the years, Sheri took ownership of several existing initiatives including, but not limited to, the venture capital investment program and the Discovered in PA, Developed in PA grant program. In 2012, Sheri was named as the Executive Director of the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority where she worked closely with the Ben Franklin Technology Partners and Pennsylvania’s three Life Sciences Greenhouses.

Scott Dunkelberger

Deputy Secretary
Office of Business Financing, Department of Community and Economic Development

Scott Dunkelberger joined the Department of Commerce in 1985. In 1992, he was promoted to the position of Director of the Grants Office, renamed the Economic Development Assistance Office and was responsible for the administration of six grant and loan programs with FY 2000-2001 appropriations totaling $167 million. In 2002, Scott was promoted to the position of Director of the Center For Business Financing which administers the commonwealth’s grant, loan, and tax credit programs that are designed to stimulate business expansion and modernization efforts as well as assisting local economic development efforts. The Center also administers the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program. Scott also served as the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority, recognized as one of the nation’s oldest economic development programs, and in 2005, assumed the position of Executive Director for the Commonwealth Finance Authority.

Eric Hagarty

Chief of Staff
Department of Community and Economic Development

Raised near Seattle, WA, Eric Hagarty studied Economics and Political Science at the University of Washington before moving to Pennsylvania in 2011 to work in politics and government. He served as Governor Tom Wolf’s Deputy Campaign Manager during the 2014 Gubernatorial Election and aided the Governor’s Transition Team following the election. Previously, he successfully managed Bill Peduto’s campaign for Mayor of Pittsburgh in 2013 and served as Finance Director for Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald from 2011-2014.

Carrie Lepore

Deputy Secretary
Office of Marketing, Tourism, and Film

Following her five years with DCED as Director of Communications in the Pennsylvania Tourism Office, Carrie went on to serve as the Director of Communications and Outreach for the PA 529 College Savings Program for the Pennsylvania Treasury Department. During her eight years with the Treasury Department, Carrie created several programs that resulted in significant increases in program participation and new contributions. In addition, she was also responsible for coordinating both internal and external communications, media relations, and research associated with the promotion of the State Treasurer and Treasury program.

Joseph Meade

Deputy Secretary
Community Affairs and Development
Department of Community and Economic Development

Joseph Meade served as the Director of Government and External Affairs for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, supporting the Museum’s President and Chief Operating Officer in managing the Museum’s government relations activities on city, state, and federal initiatives. Prior to his service with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Joseph served as the Director of Government and Public Relations for the School District of Philadelphia, ensuring that the priorities identified to promote student achievement were met through legislation, funding and regulations at the local, state, and federal level.

Wilfred Muskens

Deputy Secretary
Office of International Business Development, Department of Community and Economic Development

Wilfred Muskens joined DCED in 2000 during the Ridge Administration and was appointed to serve as Deputy Secretary for the Office of International Business Development in the summer of 2007.

At DCED, Wilfred leads a professional team of international economic development specialists that contribute to the growth and strength of the commonwealth’s economy by attracting foreign investment to the state and providing value-added international trade services to Pennsylvania’s businesses and ports.

Wilfred’s previous experience with the commonwealth includes serving as Executive Director of the Center for Direct Investment and Director of Foreign Investment for the Governor’s Action Team. In this capacity, he oversaw more than $500 million in capital investments and the creation and retention of more than 5,000 jobs by foreign-owned companies such as German energy giant, Conergy, and South Korean-based dental implant manufacturer, Osstem.

Before coming to DCED, Wilfred was a Project Manager and Public Relations Consultant for several organizations in Europe, where he oversaw new investment projects, provided site selection consulting for companies considering expansion, and developed communications strategies.

Wilfred spent his youth in the Netherlands, received his undergraduate degree and earned a Master’s Degree from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. While at Utrecht, Wilfred spent a full year as an exchange student at Hull University in the United Kingdom and earned a second Master’s Degrees from Bordeaux University in France. Wilfred’s native language is Dutch, but he is fluent in French, English and German.

Neil Weaver

Executive Deputy Secretary
Department of Community and Economic Development

Neil Weaver brings more than 15 years of management, operations, legislative and communications experience to the agency. A former deputy press secretary for DCED, Neil recently served as the Communications and Government Relations Manager for the Northeast Corridor for Resource Environmental Solutions, a national environmental firm, where he was focused on developing government, marketing and public relations campaigns, client programs and activities that furthered company growth through outreach to local, state and national government agencies and regulators, NGO’s, local communities, environmental consultants and permittee clients throughout the Northeast. In addition, Mr. Weaver served as the Director of Client Services for Buchart Horn and as Chief of Staff to Gubernatorial Primary Candidate Kathleen McGinty.

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