CFA Board Members

The CFA is governed by a seven-member board.

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.

Robin L. Wiessmann – Secretary, Department of Banking and Securities

Robin L. Wiessmann was nominated by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf on January 13, 2015, to serve as Secretary of Banking and Securities. Secretary Wiessmann provides overall leadership to the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities, which supervises more than 215 Pennsylvania state-chartered banks, credit unions and trust companies; and licenses and registers approximately 220,000 financial services professionals and companies that provide consumer loans, investment services and other financial services. The department also reviews more than 5,000 securities offerings annually. By virtue of her position as Secretary of Banking and Securities, Wiessmann serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, Vice Chair of the Pennsylvania Banking and Securities Commission and as a board director of six other state government-related entities. Wiessmann has enjoyed a long career in commercial banking, investment banking, regulatory matters and government service. Early in her career, she worked at Philadelphia National Bank, where she focused on commercial lending and real estate. Throughout her career as a public finance professional, Wiessmann has worked to fund projects related to infrastructure, schools, and hospitals. She has worked extensively on financing plans, credit analysis, securities, and regulatory practices. Wiessmann served as the Pennsylvania Treasurer from 2007 to 2009, where she was the primary fiduciary and custodian of $120 billion. As Treasurer, she created a new strategic framework, improved institutional investing standards and risk management, and instituted principles-based governance and management practices. Previously, Wiessmann served as a Deputy Director of Finance for the City of Philadelphia, where she managed the city’s debt offerings. Wiessmann was a Founding Principal and President of Artemis Capital Group, the first women-owned investment banking firm on Wall Street. Wiessmann led the firm to rankings among the top 10 municipal underwriters with regard to deal volume. Prior to co-founding Artemis, she served as a Vice President of Public Finance at Goldman Sachs, where she managed business development for the mid-Atlantic region, and executed financing transactions nationwide. The Secretary served as Chairman of the Board of an Act 40 company, Vantagepoint Funds Mutual Fund. She chaired the Nominating Committee and served on the Steering Committee and Audit Committee of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, has served on the boards of the International City Managers Retirement Corporation, Met-Pro and Lumesis (a cloud-based financial technology company), as well as the board of the Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy. Wiessmann has also served as a commissioner on the Delaware River Port Authority, on the Small Business Administration National Advisory Council, chaired the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Financial Advisory Board, and served as Vice Chairman of the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission. The Women’s City Club of New York awarded Wiessmann the Civic Spirit Award in 1996. The National Women Executives in State Government Association awarded her the “Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award” in 1999. In January 2014 the organization Women in Public Finance honored Wiessmann with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her representation of women in the financial industry. Wiessmann graduated cum laude from Lafayette College and received her law degree from Rutgers University. She is a member of the Pennsylvania bar. She and her husband Kenneth Jarin live in Bucks County and have two grown children, Alexander and Karley.

Randy Albright – Secretary, Office of the Budget

Randy Albright has nearly three decades of experience in Pennsylvania state government, and he brings a detailed knowledge of the state budget and finances. Albright was a senior budget analyst then Executive Director for the Senate Democratic Appropriations Committee. Albright has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in public administration from Pennsylvania State University. Albright has drafted numerous pieces of job creation legislation, including the Machinery and Equipment Loan Fund. He has also played a key role in developing cost-savings and passing revenue-generating policies over four administrations. He lives in East Pennsboro with his wife, Kim. His daughter, Megan, is currently completing her third year of law school at Temple University.

Michael Karp – President, University City Housing Company

Mr. Karp has more than forty years of experience in real estate investment and telecommunications; he has also worked to improve public education and social services in West Philadelphia.

Austin J. Burke – Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce

After 42 years with the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Burke continues to be active in community development initiatives, job creation and skills training, primarily in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

D. Raja – Founder and Chairman of CEI, Inc.

Accomplishments

  • CEI is a leading national firm providing cutting edge IT solutions to over 60% of the Fortune 50 and other businesses in the United States. Raja started CEI in spare bedroom of his townhouse in 1993 and has since successfully grown the company to several hundred employees with offices throughout the United States.
  • As Commissioner in Mt. Lebanon, lead the initiative to address budget issues not only to tackle severe shortfalls but also to the pass the first planned tax cut in 2009 in the history of Mt. Lebanon. Again lead the initiative to reduce the taxes in 2011 to offset a new storm water fee.
  • Initiated and Chaired the University of Pittsburgh’s Computer Science Industry Board to better align the curriculum with industry and to enhance entrepreneurship among students within the Department. The Industry Board is now an established organization within the University with representation from our region’s leading firms such as Alcoa, Bank of New York Mellon, FedEx, Google, PNC Bank, U.S. Steel and Westinghouse.
  • Initiated the “Business Mentoring Roundtable” (BMR) which is now a core component of TiE Pittsburgh (an organization with the region’s leading entrepreneurs and CEOs as its leadership). The BMR focuses on providing mentoring to startup businesses with the objective of these businesses staying / growing in our region.
  • Led the economic development initiatives of CONNECT (with official representation from Pittsburgh and 38 municipalities) to target our region becoming the leader in terms of economic and job growth with innovation.

Education

  • MBA (honors) from Carnegie Mellon University (2001)
  • MS Computer Science from University of Pittsburgh (1989)

Marc Little – President/CEO, Minority & Women Educational Labor Agency

Mr. Marc Little is the President/CEO and founder of the Minority & Women Educational Labor Agency (MWELA). Mr. Little is responsible for managing a non-profit organization whose mission is to help minority and women individuals and companies receive training, employment and bonding opportunities in the building trade and construction industry. Mr. Little serves as a consultant and panelist on the subject of Surety Bonds and Small Disadvantaged Contracting to various governmental agencies such as the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the State of Pennsylvania. He currently serves as a board member on The City of Pittsburgh’s Equal Opportunity Review Commission, The Allegheny County Minority Women Disadvantaged Business Advisory Board.

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