CSG East’s 2022 Annual Meeting

Meet the 2022 Annual Meeting Speakers

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Devon Barnhart
Devon Barnhart, Director, OneRail Coalition will join the panel discussion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act:  What it Means for the States on Monday, August 15 at 2:30 p.m.
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Tom Bollenbach
Tom Bollenbach, Chief Technology Officer, Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI) will conduct an  education and workforce development tour of ARMI on Tuesday, August 16 at 2:00 p.m. (Please sign up in advance for this tour, when you register for the
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Annual Meeting.)
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Representative Pat Brennan, Vermont; Chair, CSG East Transportation Committee
Representative Pat Brennan will preside at the Transportation Committee meeting on Monday, August 14 at 8:00 a.m., and at the concurrent session Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act:  What it Means for the States on Monday, August 14 at 2:30 p.m.
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Karen Bussey, Ph.D.
Karen Bussey, Ph.D., is a policy advisor with New Jersey's Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE). Her portfolio focuses on postsecondary education and workforce initiatives supporting employer engagement and talent development needs, as well as work-based learning across
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the state.   Before joining OSHE, she was the project manager for research and special initiatives at the Institute for Higher Education Policy. Karen holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies from Howard University. She earned a Master’s in Education from the University of West Georgia and a Bachelor of Science in marketing from South Carolina State University.
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Florence Chen
Florence Chen, Associate Director for Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Implementation, United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) will join the panel discussion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act:  What it Means for the States on Monday, August 15 at 2:30 p.m.
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Garry Douglas
Garry Douglas, President and CEO, North Country Chamber of Commerce will join the panel Bilateral Relations and the U.S. Canadian-Border: Putting the pieces back together post-COVID at the Canada - U.S. Relations committee meeting on Tuesday, August 16 at 8:00
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Erica Armstrong Dunbar
Erica Armstrong Dunbar is an award-winning historian, Rutgers University professor, accomplished author, and executive producer on HBO Max’s The Gilded Age. In her work she focuses on the uncomfortable concepts of slavery, racial injustice, and gender inequality. She is the author of Never
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Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge, which was the finalist for the 2017 National Book Award and received the 2018 Frederick Douglas Book Award, and She Came to Slay: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman, which underscores many of the lesser-known aspects of Harriet's life and illustrates how her activism still resonates today. Professor Dunbar will present the story of Ona Judge on Monday, August 15 at 12:30, p.m. Photo credit: Whitney Thomas
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Matt Dunne
Matt Dunne, Founder and Executive Director at the Center on Rural Innovation joins the panel COVID-19 and Challenges in Workforce Development and Education on Tuesday, August 16 at 12:15 p.m.
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Charles D. Ellison
Charles D. Ellison is an award-winning thought leader, political strategist, commentator and advocacy expert with nearly two decades of applied expertise in the area of politics, public policy, campaigns and elections, crisis management and emerging/digital media strategy. He is also
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the Executive Producer & Host of Reality Check, a daily public affairs program on WURD (96.1FM / 900AM in Philadelphia). Ellison will join the Council on Communities of Color panels Race in the Statehouse: Equitable governance on Sunday, August 14 at 2:30 p.m.
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Commissioner Bob Gordon
Bob Gordon is a commissioner of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. He was nominated to serve on the five-member board by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy on April 5, 2018, and was confirmed by the New Jersey Senate
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on April 12, 2018. In 2020, he also became a board member of N.J. Transit. At the time of his BPU nomination, he had served more than 14 years in the state legislature — ten of those in the Senate, where he attained the positions of Majority Conference Leader and Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. Gordon is the author of Governing New Jersey, a 300-page book describing the skill requirements of key executive branch positions. He earned his undergraduate degree in political economy and environmental studies from Williams College and also has a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA in finance and health care management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Gordon resides in Fair Lawn with his wife Gail, an attorney.
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Art Guzzetti
Art Guzzetti, Vice President, Policy & Mobility, American Public Transportation Association (APTA) will join the panel discussion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act:  What it Means for the States on Monday, August 15 at 2:30 p.m.
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Susan Howard
Susan Howard serves as Director of Policy and Government Relations at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), a nonprofit, nonpartisan association representing transportation departments in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. She
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works to advance AASHTO’s federal legislative and policy efforts and serves as a key liaison between AASHTO and Congress, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and other national organizations. Susan previously held the position of Program Director for Transportation Finance and Program Manager for Freight at AASHTO. Ms. Howard speaks Monday, August 15 at 2:30 p.m. at the session titled Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act: What it Means for the States.
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Dr. Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins
Dr. Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins is an award-wining journalist, health disparities activist, and one of the most electrifying voices in America dedicated to eliminating racial health disparities. Dr. Jenkins will join the Council on Communities of Color panel Race in the
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Statehouse: Equitable governance on Sunday, August 14 at 2:30 p.m.
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Assemblymember Billy Jones, New York; Co-Chair, CSG East Canada - U.S. Relations Committee
Billy Jones was elected to the New York State Assembly in 2016 to represent the 115th District, which includes Clinton and Franklin counties, as well as several towns in St. Lawrence County. Assemblymember Jones will moderate the panel Bilateral Relations
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and the U.S. Canadian-Border: Putting the pieces back together post-COVID at the Canada - U.S. Relations committee meeting on Tuesday, August 16 at 8:00 a.m. After graduating from high school, Assemblymember Jones ran his family’s dairy farm and in 1996 started work as a corrections officer with the New York State Department of Corrections. He served as mayor of Chateaugay from 2009 to 2013 and as a Franklin County legislator starting in 2010, becoming chair in 2013. During his tenure, Billy successfully reformed ethics laws to make government more transparent. Assemblymember Jones is active with various organizations throughout the North Country, including the Chateaugay Rotary Club; he is also a board member of the United Way of the Adirondack Region. He was a member of the North Country Economic Development Council, where he supported numerous projects that help local businesses grow the region’s economy. Assemblymember Jones remains very engaged with issues facing the Canada-U.S. border and was named the honorary co-chair of the Quebec-New York Corridor Coalition, as was recently appointed as co-chair of the Council of State Governments Eastern region’s Canada-U.S. Relations Committee. In the Assembly, Jones is a member of several committees including Aging, Agriculture, Economic Development, Small Business, Tourism, and Veterans’ Affairs. He is also chair of the subcommittee on Agriculture Economic Development and Farmland Protection. During his tenure as a member of the New York State Assembly, Jones has introduced and passed multiple pieces of legislation that benefit the North Country. Assemblyman Billy Jones is the proud father of a daughter, Ella Liberty Jones, born on July 4th.  
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Nicol Turner Lee
Nicol Turner Lee, senior fellow in Governance Studies, the director of the Center for Technology Innovation, co-editor-in-chief of TechTank, Brookings Institution joins the panel COVID-19 and Challenges in Workforce Development and Education on Tuesday, August 16 at 12:15 p.m.
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Amelia Manning
Amelia Manning is the Chief Operating Officer at Southern New Hampshire University, a title she has held since 2017. She first joined SNHU as an advisor for the university’s distance education program in 2004 and has been a critical part
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of the organization’s growth story ever since, growing into leadership roles overseeing student experience, then leading the online organization, and now as Chief Operating Officer. As COO, Amelia is tasked with ensuring that the organization delivers upon both its vision and mission, but her passion continues to be on creating experiences that lead to increased student success and a supportive culture for all students and employees. Her team oversees most aspects of the university’s day-to-day work, including academics, student experience, analytics, planning, and global operations. Amelia has a Bachelor’s degree from Saint Michael’s College in Vermont and a Master’s degree from University of New Hampshire.
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Andrew McLean
Andrew McLean is a Transportation Policy Specialist at CDM Smith, providing a variety of financial, policy, and transportation advisory services to public transportation agencies and private clients. He specializes in helping clients plan, strategize, and develop new and innovative transportation
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funding mechanisms, including distance-based road charging. Prior to joining CDM Smith, Andrew served for eight years as a legislator in the Maine House of Representatives, during which he was Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation for six years. There, he gained a national reputation as a leading transportation policy expert, working to build bipartisan support for revenue-generating initiatives for transportation projects and new and innovative ways to reform states’ transportation funding models. He also served as Chair of the Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and as Chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Public Policy Committee of the Council of State Governments (CSG). In these national leadership positions, he worked with some of the nation’s top lawmakers and industry stakeholders to develop creative funding mechanisms and new technologies to help build a modern and sustainable transportation system. Andrew lives in Portland, Maine, is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law, and is a practicing attorney and former law clerk for the Maine Superior Court. He will speak on Monday, August 15 at 2:30 p.m. at the session titled Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act:  What it Means for the States.
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Otis Rolley
Otis Rolley, senior vice president, U.S. Equity and Economic Opportunity Initiative at the Rockefeller Foundation will join the panel Race in the Statehouse: Equitable Governance on Sunday, August 14 at 2:30 pm.
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Christopher Sands
Christopher Sands, Ph.D., director of the Wilson Center’s Canada Institute, is an internationally renowned specialist on Canada and U.S.-Canadian relations. He is also an adjunct professor of Canadian Studies at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International
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Studies (SAIS). He regularly gives testimony to the U.S. Congress and the Canadian Parliament, is a widely quoted source on Canada, and has published extensively over a career of more than 25 years in Washington think tanks. Sands will join the panel Bilateral Relations and the U.S. Canadian-Border: Putting the pieces back together post-COVID at the Canada - U.S. Relations committee meeting on Tuesday, August 16 at 8:00 a.m.
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Scott Spradling
Scott Spradling, Emmy award winning former reporter, anchor and political director for WMUR-TV in Manchester, NH and founder of The Spradling Group will moderate the panel COVID-19 and Challenges in Workforce Development and Education on Tuesday, August 16 at 12:15
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p.m.
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Peter Shattuck
Peter Shattuck is President at Anbaric where he manages projects across New England. Prior to joining Anbaric, Mr. Shattuck spent nine years as Massachusetts Director and Director of the Clean Energy Initiative at Acadia Center, a research and advocacy organization
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focused on energy and climate policy. In these roles, he engaged collaboratively with large energy users, utilities and other stakeholders to develop and implement state and regional programs supporting energy efficiency, offshore wind, clean energy transmission, energy storage and market-based climate policy. Mr. Shattuck received a B.A. in History from Yale University and a MSc. in Environmental Science from Trinity College, Dublin. He will speak on Tuesday, August 16 at 8 a.m. at the Energy and Environment committee meeting titled Advancing Offshore Wind in the Northeast.
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Maureen Toohey
Maureen Toohey, Deputy Executive Director, Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI) will conduct an  education and workforce development tour of ARMI on Tuesday, August 16 at 2:00 p.m. (Please sign up in advance for this tour, when you register for the
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Annual Meeting.)
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David Wasserman
David Wasserman, U.S. House editor and senior election analyst for the non-partisan newsletter, The Cook Political Report will discuss a preview of the 2022 midterm elections on Monday, August 15 at 11:15 a.m.