May 18, 2015


Steve_Arwood_HeadshotSteve Arwood

Director of Talent and Economic Development & CEO, Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Steve Arwood wears dual hats as both the director of the department of Talent and Economic Development (TED) and as CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).
TED brings state job creation and economic development efforts together under one umbrella and ensures that the state can efficiently and effectively develop, administer and coordinate Michigan’s economic, housing, and talent development initiatives and programs.
As the MEDC CEO, Arwood is charged with executing MEDC’s core mission of business development and attraction, community development, providing access to capital and improving Michigan’s image and brand.


Tim_Becker_headshotTim Becker, CPA

Chief Deputy Director, Michigan Department of Community Health

Most recently Tim served as the Senior Deputy Director for Operations Administration in the Michigan Department of Community Health.  Operations Administration is responsible for the department’s budget, finance, audit, and purchasing. 
Tim has 21 years of professional experience in finance and administration in both the private and public sectors, including 18 years with the State of Michigan.  Tim’s experience includes auditing, accounting, financial statement preparation, and budget development. 
Tim is past president of the Fowler Public Schools Board of Education where he was elected to three terms.  Tim is also past president of the Association of Government Accountants Greater Lansing Chapter.  Tim helped found the Association of Government Accountants West Michigan Chapter to better engage local government accountants with their state and federal government peers.
During Tim’s tenure at the Michigan Department of Community Health, the State of Michigan has implemented several successful transformation initiatives, including the Healthy Michigan Plan which has provided needed health insurance coverage to more than 360,000 Michiganians.


David_Behen_headshotDavid Behen

Director, Department of Technology, Management and Budget and CIO, State of Michigan

As a Cabinet member, Behen advises Governor Rick Snyder on technology investments and programs. Currently, he is leading a multimillion dollar IT alignment process focused on customer service and citizen engagement.

Behen has been honored as a ComputerWorld Premier 100 IT Leader and with top CIO awards from CIO magazine and Crain’s Detroit Business. He received the Merit Network Award for innovation in networking and IT, and he and the governor were named to Government Technology’s top-25 list of IT doers, dreamers and drivers.


Mike_Brownfield_headshotMike Brownfield

Deputy Director of Strategy, Office of Governor Rick Snyder, State of Michigan 

In his position, Mike supports Governor Snyder's strategic vision for reinventing Michigan, develops strategic initiatives for the Governor and his departments, participates in long-term policy planning, and develops messaging for policy initiatives.

Mike previously served as Governor Snyder’s Director of Social Media. In that position, he designed and implemented a social media strategy for the Governor’s office in order to better serve constituents and communicate the Governor’s message. Thanks to Mike’s efforts, Governor Snyder's office now reaches hundreds of thousands of Michiganders with news and information shared across digital platforms.

Originally from southeast Michigan, Mike graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and earned his Juris Doctor from Loyola University Chicago. He practiced law in Chicago, served as campaign manager for a nationally targeted congressional race, was public affairs director for the Michigan Attorney General, and editor of a public policy blog at a Washington, D.C., think tank.


Jane_Campbell_headshotJane L. Campbell

Director of Washington office for Advocacy, National Development Council and former Mayor, City of Cleveland, Ohio

In her new role as the Director of the newly established Washington Office of the National Development Council (NDC), Jane Campbell is bringing the expertise of NDC’s forty years of experience working to bring capital to underserved communities – both urban and rural- into the federal public policy debate. NDC works in over 100 communities across America building public facilities and creating commercial redevelopment, low income housing, all through public private partnerships and creative use of federal, state and local financing tools.
As the Senior Advisor to Senator Cantwell on the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Campbell lead the committee’s work on access to capital and women’s entrepreneurship, while providing guidance to the committee’s Staff Director, a position she held under Senator Landrieu. As Staff Director, Campbell directed policy to support small businesses’ access to capital, federal contracting opportunities, business counseling, and engagement in international trade.  From 2009-13, Campbell served as Senator Landrieu’s Chief of Staff leading efforts to recover from both Katerina and the Gulf oil spill.
Campbell’s public service career included serving as the first woman mayor of Cleveland, five years as county commissioner for Ohio’s largest county, and six terms in the Ohio House of Representatives. Her public service focused on economic development, fiscal stability, child welfare, and health and human services policy. After successfully implementing welfare reform, Governing Magazine honored Campbell as 2000 Public Official of the Year.


Kathleen_Dalton_headshotKathleen M. Dalton, Ph.D., MPA

Subject Matter Expert, Unisys

Kathleen Dalton, Ph.D., MPA has worked for more than 30 years with government agencies as both a senior government official and advising consultant. Her government tenure included serving as Commissioner of Social Services for Albany County New York, as well as senior staff in the NYC Mayor’s Office of Health Services and Acting Assistant Secretary for Health and Human Services in the NYS Governor’s office.  Over the past decade Dr. Dalton has primarily worked as a consultant, helping more than a dozen jurisdictions improve their health and human services systems. Her areas of expertise include increasing capacity to engage in data-driven management, particularly with regard to enhancing outcomes for hard-to-serve clients.  She has recently been engaged as a trainer and consultant on the CalWIN welfare management system project, focused on creating requirements for a business intelligence solution.    
Dr. Dalton is a Subject Matter Expert with the Unisys Corporation.  She resides in Latham, New York, where she serves in an appointed position for her local Town government.


Mike_Finney_headshotMichael A. Finney

Senior Advisor for Economic Growth, Governor Rick Snyder’s Executive Office

Mike Finney was recently appointed to serve Michigan Governor Rick Snyder as Senior Advisor for Economic Growth after leading the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) as its President and CEO from January 1, 2011 through the end of 2014.

In his new role, Mike will focus on launching and expanding key initiatives that drive greater economic prosperity throughout the State of Michigan. Examples include expanding Community Ventures, assisting urban communities with home mortgage financing and auto insurance affordability, as well as state business development activities, including international business attraction.

His responsibilities at MEDC included serving as Governor Rick Snyder’s Economic Growth Group Executive and as President and Chairman of the Michigan Strategic Fund. Under Mike’s leadership, the MEDC moved to the forefront of U.S. economic development organizations with innovative new initiatives. During his tenure, Michigan became the “comeback” state adding nearly 400,000 new jobs and $15 billion of new investment. Prior to taking the helm at MEDC, Mike served as President and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK (SPARK), a public-private partnership whose mission is to advance innovation-based economic development in the greater Ann Arbor, Michigan region.
Mike has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the 2014 Michigan Venture Capital Association Lifetime Achievement Award; 2012 Michigan Chronicle Legacy in Motion Newsmakers; and 2008 Saginaw Valley State University Outstanding Alumnus for the College of Business and Management.
Finney holds a master of arts in human resources from Central Michigan University and bachelor of business administration from Saginaw Valley State University.


Garlin_Gilchrist_II_headshotGarlin Gilchrist II

Deputy Technology Director for Civic Community Engagement, City of Detroit, Michigan

Garlin Gilchrist II is the City of Detroit's first ever Deputy Technology Director for Civic Community Engagement. His job is to open up the city's public data and information for the consumption and benefit of all Detroiters.
Gilchrist is from Detroit. He created Detroit Diaspora, and was formerly the National Campaign Director at He also co-hosted The #WinReport on "The Good Fight," an award winning, nationally syndicated radio show that was one of Apple's Best of 2013.
After graduating with degrees in Computer Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Michigan, Gilchrist became a Software Engineer at Microsoft. By day, Gilchrist helped build SharePoint into the fastest growth product in the company's history. In his personal time, Gilchrist sought opportunities to connect his technical skills with community building efforts across the country. This led to his co-founding The SuperSpade: Black Thought at the Highest Level, a leading Black political blog. He served as Social Media Manager for the 2008 Obama campaign in Washington, and then became Director of New Media at the Center for Community Change. Gilchrist spent two years creating and implementing a strategy for the Center to take it's 40 years of community organizing experience into the digital age.


Stephen_Goldsmith_headshotStephen Goldsmith

Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government and Director of the Innovations in Government Program, Harvard Kennedy School

Goldsmith is a nationally recognized expert on government management, reform, and innovation. Goldsmith currently directs Data-Smart City Solutions, a project working to catalyze the use of data at the local government level by serving as a central resource for cities interested in this emerging field.

He previously served as Deputy Mayor of New York and Mayor of Indianapolis, where he earned a reputation as one of the country's leaders in public-private partnerships, competition, and privatization. Goldsmith has written The Power of Social Innovation; Governing by Network: the New Shape of the Public Sector; Putting Faith in Neighborhoods: Making Cities Work through Grassroots Citizenship and The Twenty-First Century City: Resurrecting Urban America. His newest book is: The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance.


Bill_Hattaway_headshotBilly L. Hattaway, P.E.

District Secretary, District One, Florida Department of Transportation

Hattaway has over 35 years of transportation and program management experience with the Florida Department of Transportation and private sector.

In addition to his responsibilities as District Secretary, he is the champion for Secretary Jim Boxold's Pedestrian and Bicycle Focused Initiative to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety in the state of Florida.

His professional experience includes transportation planning, street design, safety and traffic analysis for a wide variety of transportation projects including redevelopment, transit oriented development and master plan charrette projects to create walkable, bike and transit friendly communities.

He is the chair for Bike/Walk Central Florida, a nonprofit organization focused on advancing safety and accommodations for pedestrians and bicyclists in Central Florida.  He was the author of the Traditional Neighborhood Development Chapter and Handbook for the Florida Green Book.



Peter_Hutchinson_headshotPeter Hutchinson

Accenture Consulting Strategy Lead for State, Provincial and Local Government

Peter Hutchinson leads management consulting strategy at Accenture for state, provincial and local governments. He focuses on the toughest issues facing those who lead public organizations of all kinds throughout the country. He specializes in the creation of new solutions to challenging problems as well as providing leadership coaching and advising. Hutchinson is well-known as a courageous leader and innovative problem solver in business, government, education and nonprofit organizations. He has served as a deputy mayor, superintendent of schools, and state commissioner of finance as well as a senior executive at Target and president of a major private foundation. He has successfully led teams working on systemic, transformational change in governments large and small on projects ranging from education, healthcare and human service transformation to incubating public sector innovation and budget reform.


Jeff_Jenks_headshotJeffrey Jenks

City Commissioner, Huntington Woods, Michigan

Jenks is a Huntington Woods City Commissioner, first elected in November 1999, and re-elected 3 times. His current 4 year term ends in November. He currently serves as a member of the Planning Commission and as Legislative liaison to Lansing.  He’s been Mayor Pro Tem 4 times, a position that’s rotated. 

He also serves as First Vice Chair on the Executive Committee of the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, on their Transportation and Regional Review committees and in June will become Chair. At the state level he’s a Past President of the Michigan Municipal League (2010) and an Honorary Life Member. He remains involved with current Trustees and serves on the MML Transportation committee.

Jenks worked in the public sector for 37 years, primarily in civil rights. During the past 3 years he’s worked to get rapid transit in our region. He’s a 2007 graduate of the Executive Education program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. His goal is to add public value and encourage collaboration among communities. He’s also active in many civic organizations.


Chris_Kelenske_headshotCaptain Chris A. Kelenske

Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Michigan State Police

Capt. Chris Kelenske serves as commander of the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) and has held this position since February 2013. As commander, he serves as the Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, responsible for the statewide management and administration of emergency management and homeland security programs, as well as the supervision of the division's employees.
Captain Kelenske began his career with the MSP in 1995 as a member of the 111th Trooper Recruit School. He has served in various positions at the Training Division, Lansing and State Capitol posts, rising through the ranks to become assistant commander of the Homeland Security/Infrastructure Analysis and Response Section in MSP/EMHSD and commander of the Field Support and Aviation Section in the Special Operations Division. He also coordinated response efforts as a part of the MSP's Secure Cities Partnership, which focuses on providing enhanced law enforcement services in the cities of Detroit, Flint, Pontiac, and Saginaw.
Captain Kelenske chairs the Michigan Homeland Security Advisory Council, the Homeland Security Preparedness Committee, and the Michigan Citizen-Community Emergency Response Coordinating Council.


Karen_McPhee_headshotKaren McPhee

Senior Advisor for Education, Office of Governor Snyder, State of Michigan

Prior to joining the Office of Strategic Policy in the Executive Office, she worked for the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District for 30 years, the last eleven as its superintendent.

Karen took an atypical path to school work, starting as a broadcast journalist first in Northern Michigan and then in Grand Rapids. She earned her undergraduate degree in Communications from Central Michigan University and her Masters in Management from Aquinas College.

Karen has served on the boards of Spectrum-Zeeland Hospital, the Van Andel Education Institute, the Employers Association in Grand Rapids, the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators, and the Greater Ottawa County United Way.
A lifelong resident of Michigan, Karen lives near Grand Rapids with her husband Marty.


Scott_Menzel_headshotScott Menzel

Superintendent, Washtenaw Intermediate School District

Scott Menzel became superintendent of Washtenaw Intermediate School District on July 1, 2011. Prior to that, he spent four years as superintendent of the Livingston Educational Service Agency and five years as superintendent of Whitmore Lake Public Schools.

Scott believes in providing opportunities for all students to achieve.  He works with local, county and state agencies through leadership, innovation, and collaboration to provide such opportunities. Among other professional work and recognitions, in 2014, Scott was named Executive of the Year by the MLive/Ann Arbor News and also honored as Superintendent of the Year for Michigan Region 8.

Prior to becoming a superintendent, Scott served as the Executive Director of South Central Michigan Works—covering Jackson, Lenawee and Hillsdale counties—for six years. He began his career working at the Academy for Educational Development’s National Institute for Work and Learning in Washington, D.C.

He has a bachelor’s degree in Religion from Vanguard University of Southern California, a master’s degree in Philosophy and Social Policy from The American University in Washington, D.C., a specialist’s degree in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University (EMU) and he has completed the coursework toward a doctorate in Educational Leadership also at EMU. Scott and his wife, Tammy, have been married for 22 years and they have two daughters.


George_Miller_headshotGeorge J. Miller, B.S., M.A.

Director, Oakland County Department of Health and Human Services, Michigan

George J. Miller was appointed the Director of the Department of Health and Human Services for Oakland County in July of 2008 by the County Executive, Mr. L. Brooks Patterson. His responsibilities include the Health Division, the Children’s Village juvenile justice facility and the Homeland Security Division.

Mr. Miller was formerly the Health Officer for the Oakland County Health Division. As Health Officer, with a population of over 1.2 million people, he was responsible for the planning and implementation of the largest comprehensive public health system in the State of Michigan. His responsibilities included the oversight of more than 650 employees whose services included nursing, immunizations, environmental health, nutrition, and public awareness efforts for the citizens of Oakland County.

Mr. Miller has a Master’s Degree from Oakland University and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Detroit.


Patrick_Moore_headshotPatrick Moore

Regional Accounts Manager, GovDelivery, State of Michigan.

Since 2011, Patrick has worked with state, local and transit organizations throughout the country to help agencies design and implement communications strategies to align outreach with strategic priorities to make citizen engagement a reality for more organizations. Patrick has more than 20 years of experience in the information technology industry, and has worked with both public and private sector entities to drive adoption of cutting edge technology and cloud-based services. Prior to his role at GovDelivery, Patrick served in technology leadership roles at MHSI, Virynet, and Barnhill Management Group.


Debora_Morris_headshotDebora Morris

Global Lead, Integrated Service Delivery, Accenture

Debora Morris is Accenture’s global lead for integrated social services, part of the human services industry group.  She also is Accenture’s client account lead for an integrated eligibility system implementation project in Ohio.  Debora joined Accenture in 2005 and has more than 30 years of experience designing, implementing, evaluating and managing federal, state and county government programs specializing in welfare, workforce and long-term care.  Debora started her human services career as a rural caseworker, has run a Community Action Center, was Legislative Director for the Chair of the Texas House Human Services Committee and was Deputy Commissioner for Planning Evaluation and Project Management at the Texas Department of Human Services.  Debora’s public service career has focused on improving customer service, performance and accountability.  Consulting magazine recognized her as one of the Women Leaders in Consulting in 2012.


Brian_Pallasch_headshotBrian T. Pallasch, CAE

Managing Director, Government Relations & Infrastructure Initiatives, American Society of Civil Engineers

Brian T. Pallasch, CAE, is currently Managing Director of Government Relations and Infrastructure Initiatives at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Washington, DC.  He has been responsible for managing the ASCE’s government relations department including federal and state legislative affairs, regulatory affairs, grassroots, and policy development, since joining the staff in 1999.  Since 2008, Pallasch has been responsible for managing ASCE’s strategic initiatives regarding infrastructure including development of the Report for America’s Infrastructure. Additionally, Pallasch serves at the Co-Chair of the Water Resources Coalition.

Prior to joining the staff of ASCE, Pallasch served as the Director of Government Relations for the American Subcontractors Association (ASA), Alexandria, VA for three years where he was responsible for all Federal and state relations. 

Pallasch served as President of the American League of Lobbyists in 2007-2008, after serving on the Board of Directors from 2004-2006.  In 2001-2002, Pallasch served as the Chair of the Government Relations Section Council of the American Society of Association Executives.  He served as Chairman of the Procurement Committee of the Small Business Legislative Council from 1997-99.


David_Rahinsky_headshotDavid M. Rahinsky

Chief of Police, City of Grand Rapids, Michigan

David Rahinsky began his tenure as the Police Chief of Grand Rapids, Michigan, on July 7, 2014. Supported by his 28 years of law enforcement experience, Chief Rahinsky holds an extensive knowledge of police leadership, crime control and prevention, and investigative work. He remains committed to the goal of strengthening community relationships, while focusing on making Grand Rapids the safest city of its size in the nation.

In 1987, Chief Rahinsky began his law enforcement career in his home city of Philadelphia, where he served as a Police Officer for the Transit Authority. In 1989, he joined the Broward Sheriff’s Office in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Chief Rahinsky spent 18 years with the Broward Sheriff’s Office, working in a variety of progressively responsible positions that culminated in his selection as the Chief of Pembroke Park, Florida, in 2001.

Chief Rahinsky holds a Master of Science degree, in Criminology, from Florida State University, and he graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.  In addition, Chief Rahinsky attended the Senior Institute Management for Police, which is a program of the Police Executive Research Forum that provides senior police executives with intensive training in the latest management concepts and practices used in business and government. 

In 2006, Chief Rahinsky was hired by the City of Franklin, Tennessee, as its Deputy Chief.  He was soon promoted to Assistant Chief, followed by his promotion to Chief in 2011.

Chief Rahinsky serves as a Board member for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth and for the Children’s Assessment Center.

Chief Rahinsky and his wife, Suzanne, have three grown children: Lee, a police officer in Miami Beach, Florida; Ryan, who is serving in the United States Navy; and Rachel, a student in Tallahassee, Florida.


Erica_Raleigh_headshotErica Raleigh

Director, Data Driven Detroit (D3)

Erica Raleigh joined Data Driven Detroit (D3) as a founding member in 2009. Now the Director, she began as a Research Analyst, with a background in housing, community development, transportation, and public safety research. She is the lead author on “Neighborhood disinvestment, abandonment and crime dynamics” which was awarded the 2014 Best Conference Paper Award at the Urban Affairs Association annual conference.
D3 houses a comprehensive data system that includes current and historic demographic, socioeconomic, educational, environmental, and other indicators, allowing analysts to illustrate complex relationships by combining different datasets to reveal the true stories of our regions, cities, and blocks. D3 is committed to providing access to information that can drive better decision-making, believing that everyone should have equitable access to information to make the best decisions possible for themselves, their organizations, and their communities.
Raleigh holds a Master of Urban Planning from Wayne State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic Studies from the University of Michigan.


Rebecca_Ryan_headshotRebecca Ryan

Owner, Next Generation Consulting & Resident Futurist, Alliance for Innovation.

Rebecca Ryan is a human sparkplug. Part futurist, part economist, and always engaging, Rebecca is one of America’s most influential thought leaders, helping cities and companies think around the corner to what’s next.
Rebecca Ryan is the author of ReGENERATION: A Manifesto for America’s Future Leaders (2013) and Live First, Work Second: Getting Inside the Head of the Next Generation (2007). As founder and coowner of Next Generation Consulting, Ryan leads the team that best-selling author Richard Florida calls, “One of the most reliable sources for leaders who want to attract and retain the next generation of creative workers.
Ryan is the Resident Futurist at the Alliance for Innovation and a Senior Fellow at CEOs for Cities. She serves on the board of the World Academy for Entrepreneurship & Enterprise (WAE2) and has also been named:
• Top 100 Most Influential People, Accounting Today
• Communicator of the Year, Women in Communication
• Woman of Influence, Business Journal of Greater Milwaukee
• Entrepreneur of the Year, U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship


Rick_Snyder_headshotThe Honorable Rick Snyder

Governor, State of Michigan

When Rick Snyder became Michigan’s 48th Governor in 2011, he pledged a commonsense approach to governing that focused on working together to find solutions for the state’s toughest problems.
With the self-proclaimed moniker “one tough nerd,” Governor Snyder has focused on making government more efficient and effective for Michigan’s citizens.  In his first term, the state has passed four balanced budgets, eliminated a $1.5 billion deficit and reformed burdensome tax and regulatory codes that were stifling business growth and job creation.
The Governor’s background as a successful job creator has helped him better serve Michigan, producing results that earned him ‘Public Official of the Year’ in 2014 from GOVERNING magazine.
In Governor Snyder’s first term, Michigan created nearly 400,000 new private sector jobs. Today, Michigan’s unemployment rate is at its lowest point in 14 years.
He successfully implemented Healthy Michigan, an innovative and bipartisan plan that has provided affordable and quality healthcare for more than 500,000 hard-working Michiganders.
Among his greatest achievements, Governor Snyder built a bipartisan coalition of Michiganders to put Detroit on a path to success.
With the Governor’s unwavering commitment, Detroit has emerged bankruptcy poised to be one of the great comeback stories in American history.
The Governor’s “Relentless Positive Action” has brought solutions to pressing problems and renewed optimism in Michigan’s future.


Kirk_Steudle_headshotKirk T. Steudle

Director, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)

Kirk T. Steudle, Director of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) since 2006, oversees MDOT’s more than three billion dollar budget, and is responsible for the construction, maintenance and operation of nearly 10,000 miles of state highways and more than 4,000 state highway bridges at a department with 2,500 employees.  He also oversees administration of a variety of multi-modal transportation programs and projects that range from Aviation to the Zilwaukee Bridge.

Steudle was the 2014 Chair of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Executive Committee, and chaired the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) Oversight Committee for TRB.  He was also a 2014 member of the National Research Council Government Board for the National Academy of Science.  He is a Past President of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO).  He was 2014 Chair for the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA) Board of Directors.  He also is a member of the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Program Advisory Committee to the U.S. Department of Transportation and is also a Trustee for the Traffic Improvement Association (TIA) of Michigan.


Scott_Syphax_headshotScott C. Syphax

President and CEO of Nehemiah Corporation of America

Scott Syphax is the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Nehemiah Companies, a Sacramento, CA based social enterprise and real estate development firm. Scott leads the development team of Township 9 - a 2,300 unit master-planned, smart-growth community in downtown Sacramento. As CEO of Nehemiah, he manages the Nehemiah Community Reinvestment Fund, which has leveraged over $880 million in projects to spur development in low-income and underserved communities, including funding downpayment assistance to help over 320,000 families achieve their dream of homeownership. During his tenure as CEO, the Nehemiah Social Enterprise has been studied by organizations as diverse as the Milken Institute and Bridgespan Group for its achievements in social innovation and asset development in low-income communities throughout the United States.
Mr. Syphax serves as a Director, and former Vice-Chairman, of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco; serves as a Director of Norcal Mutual Insurance Company of San Francisco and of Medicus Insurance Company of Austin, Texas; serves as a Director, and former Chairman, of the Northern California regional think-tank Valley Vision; serves as Chairman of the Board for the American Leadership Forum, Mountain Valley Chapter; and serves on the California Department of Insurance’s Task Force of Supplier Diversity and Board Governance.
Mr. Syphax is the Host and Co-Executive Producer of the International Telly and Emmy award-winning talk show, Studio Sacramento, on PBS affiliate KVIE.
Mr. Syphax earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business with an emphasis on Real Estate Development and Land Use Planning from the California State University, Sacramento. Scott received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Drexel University. He was also an Executive Fellow with the Coro Foundation and a Fellow with the American Leadership Forum.


Zak_Tomich_headshotZak Tomich

Director, Enterprise Information Management, Department of Technology, Management & Budget, State of Michigan.

Zak leads the state’s effort to leverage its data as a strategic asset. In his role, Zak is charged with development and execution of the state’s data governance and analytics strategy aimed at improving internal operational and service delivery to citizens.

Previously Zak served as Deputy Director of Strategy for Governor Rick Snyder where he worked to develop strategic policy initiatives across all departments. He was also a member of the state’s Good Government leadership team driving operational excellence through performance metrics, service and process optimization, employee engagement and change management.

Zak began working for the State of Michigan in January 2011 in Governor Snyder’s Washington D.C. Office. He previously served as Legislative Counsel in the U.S. House of Representatives and as a litigation associate at a Detroit-based law firm. Zak earned his BA and MBA from the University of Michigan and a JD from Wayne State University.


Michael_Tosh_headshotMichael Tosh

Director US State and Local Public Sector, PwC

Michael is a Director in PwC's US State and Local Public Sector practice with extensive experience helping city agencies and authorities develop and execute strategic roadmaps. Michael's expertise includes customer relationship management (CRM), enterprise resource planning (ERP), business process reengineering, enterprise asset management (EAM), channel strategies, technical design, development, and implementation. Michael has more than fourteen years of consulting experience across and within distinct organizations, at all levels, to drive and manage measurable results and meaningful change. He has worked across numerous industries including, high-tech, manufacturing, consumer products, financial services, federal, state and local governments and agencies, and transportation the industry.


The Honorable Nathan Triplett

Mayor, East Lansing, Michigan

Nathan Triplett serves as the Mayor of East Lansing. He was first elected to the City Council in 2007. Triplett has been a prolific and progressive legislator. He authored a first-in-the-state ordinance conditioning economic development incentives on the use of green building practices, a Local Purchasing Preference Policy, an Other Eligible Individual (OEI) Benefits Policy, an Equal Benefits Ordinance, and a “Percent for Art” public art requirement.

Triplett currently serves as the Vice President of the Michigan Municipal League. He is a past president of the Rotary Club of East Lansing and a recipient of the Governor’s Service Award, the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 10 Over the Next 10 Award, the MSU Distinguished Young Alumni Award, and the inaugural Arts Council of Greater Lansing Civic Leadership Award.

Triplett graduated from MSU’s James Madison College in 2006. He holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and a Juris Doctor from the MSU College of Law. He lives in East Lansing with his wife Sarah and their dog Lexi.


Leslie_Wilson_headshotLeslie Wilson

Founder and CEO, One-to-One Institute

Ms. Wilson is CEO and a founding member of One-to-One Institute, a non-profit serving organizations in successful implementation of 1:1 programs. She earlier co-directed Michigan’s 1:1 initiative, Freedom to Learn. 

Prior to the Institute, Ms. Wilson served public education for 31 years as change agent, teacher and administrator. An Education Policy/Program Fellow with the Institute for Educational Leadership, Ms. Wilson created an advanced fellowship program for educational technology leaders.  She completed her undergraduate and doctoral coursework at the University of Michigan, has an MA in Instructional Technology from Wayne State University, and special education administrator certification from Eastern Michigan University. She is currently Board President of Nexus Academy, Lansing, Michigan, a blended learning high school and a mentor for Intel’s Education Accelerator Project.

Among other publications, Ms. Wilson co-authored the Project RED research and “Technology for Learning-A Guidebook for Change”. As contributing author, Ms. Wilson worked with leaders, policy makers, FCC and USDOE to publish “The Digital Textbook Playbook”. For the journal, “Science, Technology & Mathematics (STEM)”, Ms. Wilson wrote the chapter on “Transforming Education: One-to-One”. She is a frequent blogger and speaker-recognized as an international expert in education technology and leadership.