Executive Staff

Department of Community and Economic Development

Dennis M. Davin

Dennis M. Davin

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

In her role as Deputy Secretary of Technology & Innovation at the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), Sheri Collins is responsible for fostering innovation and entrepreneurship to ensure the success of Pennsylvania’s technology industry. Sheri oversees a number of economic development tools designed to market the commonwealth as a premiere destination to start and grow a business.

Sheri joined DCED in 2004 to administer the Keystone Innovation Zone program, a newly launched technology-based economic development initiative designed to promote collaboration between the private sector and Pennsylvania’s colleges and universities. In 2012, Sheri was named the Executive Director of the Technology Investment Office where she was instrumental in the success of the Innovate in PA, venture capital investment program, and the Discovered in PA, Developed in PA grant program.

Sheri has dedicated her professional career to public service starting in 1986 with the Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement System. At the State Employees’ Retirement System, she served as the special assistant to the chief counsel and was focused on the SERS Investment Office and its programs. With over 25 years of experience in economic development and private investment, Sheri continues to champion the entrepreneurship community in Pennsylvania. She is dedicated to developing technology and innovation policies that strengthen the business climate and allow companies to start, grow, and prosper in the commonwealth.

Steve D’Ettorre – Policy Director
Scott Dunkelberger – Executive Deputy Secretary
Department of Community and Economic Development
Carrie Lepore – Deputy Secretary
Office of Marketing, Tourism, and Film
Barry Wickes – Director Legislative Affairs
Lisa Elliott – Deputy Secretary
Office of Administration
Joseph Burke – Deputy Secretary
Office of International Business Development
Carol Kilko – Deputy Secretary
Office of Business Financing
Richard Vilello – Deputy Secretary for Community Affairs and Development
Brent Vernon – Executive Director of the Governor’s Action Team
J. Michael Adams, Jr. – Chief Counsel
Department of Community & Economic Development