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 (DCED) in January 2015 by Governor Tom Wolf. In this position, Secretary Davin leads the commonwealth’s efforts to support business growth, strengthen the workforce, and revitalize communities across Pennsylvania. He oversees DCED’s $1.6 billion investment in community and economic development projects since 2015, serving nearly 13 million Pennsylvanians.

Since the beginning of the Wolf Administration, Secretary Davin has had the pleasure of visiting more than 750 businesses to gain a first-hand understanding of Pennsylvania’s industries and the challenges faced by businesses of all sizes. He serves as chairman for several authorities and boards including the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority (BFTDA), the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA), Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA), and the Pennsylvania Economic Development Financing Authority (PEDFA). Under Secretary Davin’s leadership, DCED launched critical economic development initiatives like the PA Business One Stop Shop, the Manufacturing PA initiative, and the new branding of Pennsylvania with “Pursue Your Happiness,” and “Work Smart. Live Happy.” He has also achieved success in attracting corporations to Pennsylvania, including major international projects like the Royal Dutch Shell plant in Beaver County.

Prior to his appointment, Secretary Davin served as Director of the Allegheny County Economic Development and the Director of the Allegheny County Redevelopment Authority. His experience also includes Executive Director of the: Industrial Development Authority, Hospital Development Authority, Higher Education Building Authority and Residential Finance Authority.



Department of Community and Economic Development
Neil Weaver – Executive Deputy Secretary
Department of Community and Economic Development

Neil Weaver has more than a decade of experience in non-profit and government management, operations, and communications. During his career, Neil has served in executive management at both the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and the Department of Environmental Protection.

In his current role as Executive Deputy Secretary at DCED, Neil functions as the Chief Operating Officer for the agency that is responsible for spurring economic growth, community revitalization, and job creation throughout the state by providing strategic technical assistance, training, and financial resources to help our communities and industries flourish.

Most recently he served in the Office of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf where he established the Office of Performance Through Excellence, focused on sustainable government efficiency and performance management programs and training.

In addition to his service in the public sector, Neil has worked at two national environmental firms specializing in client management, government, communications and community relations, and worked as a national fundraising manager for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Bethesda, Maryland. His background also includes service as the chief of staff to former gubernatorial primary candidate Kathleen McGinty.

Neil has served as vice secretary-treasurer for the York City General Authority and is currently a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s Board of Governors where he serves as vice chair of the University Success Committee.

Neil graduated from Clarion University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications and currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the University.

Steve D’Ettorre – Policy Director
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
Denise M. Brinley – Executive Director for Governor’s Office of Energy
J. Michael Adams, Jr. – Chief Counsel
Department of Community & Economic Development
Sheri Collins – Acting Executive Director, Governor’s Office of Broadband Initiatives
State Alternate to Governor Wolf, Appalachian Regional Commission