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Tom Wolf, Governor
Dennis M. Davin, Acting 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.

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.   

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 Development
Acting Deputy Secretary
Office of Administration, 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.   

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. 

Peter Zug

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

Prior to being appointed Acting Deputy Secretary for the Office of Community Affairs and Development, Peter served as the Executive Director of the Governor's Center for Local Government Services. During his tenure, The Center implemented an Intern Program, partnered with Lebanon Valley College to establish the Governor’s School of Municipal Government and improved the comprehensive program of local government services, including consultation, technical assistance and planning in various areas of local government.

Prior to joining the Center, Peter was a seven-term member of the PA House of Representatives, where he served on numerous committees, including as a member of the Appropriations Committee, a Sub-Committee Chairman on the Education Committee and a Delegate to the Chesapeake Bay Commission. Peter authored legislation that was signed and enacted by four different governors: Robert Casey, Tom Ridge, Mark Schweiker and Edward Rendell. Peter was recognized by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for his work on environmental education and awarded the “Pennsylvania Meritorious Service Medal” — the highest award presented by the Pennsylvania National Guard to a civilian — by Governor Mark Schweiker.

Peter also was elected to Lebanon City Council, where he served as Vice Mayor and oversaw the Public Safety and Finance departments.

Peter has received several additional awards, including the Silver Beaver Award from the Boy Scouts of America, the Alumni Citation for Distinguished Professional Experience from Kutztown University — the highest recognition awarded by the University — and a Legislative Fellowship at Millersville University.

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