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C. Alan Walker

Department of Community and Economic Development

C. Alan Walker was confirmed as secretary of the Department of Community and Economic Development on April 12, 2011. As the head of DCED, Walker will lead the agency’s efforts to improve our communities and position Pennsylvania businesses to grow and compete in the global economy.

Walker comes to DCED from Bigler, PA, where he was president and CEO of Bradford Energy Company Inc. He has also served as a member and chairman of several boards, including the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, Team Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Coal Association, and Pennsylvanians for Effective Government. He is also past president of the Pennsylvania Society.

In addition to an impressive business résumé, Walker has an extensive and effective civic record. He served with the Bigler Civic & Recreation Association, Clearfield YMCA, Clearfield Hospital Board of Directors, the Clearfield Foundation for Health, and Bucktail Council – Boy Scouts of America.

A trustee of Bucknell University, Walker served on the university’s long range planning, building and grounds, trusteeship and executive committees.

Walker obtained his bachelor’s degree in economics from Bucknell and earned a master’s degree in business administration from Penn State.

DCED’s secretary is married and is the father of two children, both Bucknell graduates.

Richard Hudic

Executive Deputy Secretary
Department of Community and Economic Development

Richard Hudic returns to the Department of Community and Economic Development with more than 15 years of public and private expertise working to foster community and economic development in the commonwealth.  Hudic currently serves as DCED’s Executive Deputy Secretary, where he is helping to modernize the department by creating a streamlined, performance-based model that focuses on improved customer service and program efficiency.    

Prior to joining DCED, Hudic served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Team Pennsylvania Foundation.  In addition to Team Pennsylvania, Hudic served as the first manager of DCED’s Keystone Opportunity Zone program.

Hudic obtained his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Gannon University in 1991.   

Fritz Smith

Deputy Secretary of Administration
Department of Community and Economic Development

Fritz Smith was appointed Deputy Secretary for Administration in August 2012, after serving as Director of Operations Department. Smith returns to DCED after spending six years at the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PCVB), where he was responsible for marketing the city as a tourism destination both in the U.S. and overseas. Prior to joining PCVB, Smith was a Project Manager at the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA), a Bi-State Transportation and Economic Development Agency headquartered in Camden, N.J., managing a variety of security, economic development, and tourism related initiatives.

From 1995 – 2002, Smith served in the administrations of Governor Tom Ridge and Governor Mark Schweiker, first working in the Department of General Services, and then DCED where he was the Director of Tourism Operations for more than five years. Smith was later appointed as the Deputy Secretary for Tourism, Film, and Economic Development.

Smith began his career working in the hotel industry for 10 years in a variety of management capacities for the Marriott, Hilton, and Renaissance hotel chains in Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia and New York City.

Originally from Bedford, PA, Smith is a graduate of Elizabethtown College (PA) and currently lives in Bala Cynwyd, PA with his wife Leslie and son Brian.

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.

Carolyn Boser Newhouse

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

The Office of Innovation and Investment leads the commonwealth’s efforts to create family-sustaining jobs through advancing technology and innovation, supporting business growth and bolstering Pennsylvania’s robust tourism industry. 

Carolyn Boser Newhouse has over 20 years of private-sector business experience and is recognized by clients and colleagues as a consummate professional with a strong work ethic, a talent for resourceful business solutions and a capacity for motivational leadership and mentoring. She is the founder of multiple companies including SuperUser Technologies, Inc., an IT company that provides wired and wireless communications, Newhouse Family Limited Partnership, a partnership for commercial real estate, and Newhouse Enterprise LLC, an entity for retail business. She is co-founder and previous co-owner of SuperUser Solutions, Inc. a successful engineering company that specialized in supply chain automation. 

Carolyn earned her undergraduate degree in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh and is a graduate of the Entrepreneur Leadership and Advanced Entrepreneur Leadership programs at the University of Buffalo. 

R. Michael Cortez

Senior Advisor to the Secretary
Department of Community and Economic Development

Deputy Secretary
Office of Community Affairs and Development, Department of Community and Economic
DevelopmentActing Deputy Secretary
Office of Community Affairs and Development, Department of Community and Economic Development

Mike Cortez was originally appointed as Deputy Secretary for Administration in 2011. In that role, he was responsible for all HR, IT, Financial Management, Customer and Administrative Services for the Department. In August 2012, Mike was promoted to Senior Advisor to the Secretary.  In this role, Cortez is responsible for coordinating funding streams from DCED’s various Boards and Commissions, the general operation of the Department’s seven regional offices, and serves as a liaison to the Governor’s office. 

Cortez came to DCED from Altoona, where he served as vice president, general counsel and secretary for Sheetz, Inc. Among other roles at the company, he was responsible for supervising all legal and government affairs work, advising management on all corporate legal issues, and overseeing the operation of the Legal Department and the Claims and Litigation Department.

During his time at Sheetz, Cortez served as chairman of the legal committee within the National Association of Convenience Stores, chairman of the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association's legislative committee, and a member of the PFMA Convenience Store Council, among other professional affiliations. 

In 2004, Cortez was appointed by former Governor Ed Rendell to serve on the Pennsylvania Business Tax Reform Commission, which was tasked with recommending changes to the commonwealth's business tax structure. 

Prior to his tenure at Sheetz, Cortez worked as house counsel and assistant secretary for Weis Markets in Sunbury, PA.   Cortez  began his career as an Associate Attorney in two California-based law firms. 

Outside of work, Cortez has been an active member of his community, serving on the advisory boards of both the Salvation Army and the Blair County Chapter of the American Red Cross, as well as the board of directors for Sheetz Family Charities. For several years, he coached girls' summer league softball, and he has also coached boys' youth football and basketball. 

Cortez holds a Juris doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law and a bachelor's degree from Bucknell University. He has four adult children and five grandchildren.   

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