CFA Board Members

The CFA is governed by a seven-member board.
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.


CFA Board Members
Richard Vauge - Secretary, Department of Banking and Securities
Jen Swails - Secretary, Office of the Budget

Jen has over 19 years of fiscal and policy experience at the commonwealth. She has served the commonwealth in the Governor’s Office of the Budget, the Department of Human Services, and the Senate Democratic Appropriations Committee. Jen’s expertise includes child welfare, child development, and Medicaid. Jen was most recently the fiscal management director of the newly created Shared Services Budget Office, which is responsible for oversight of the budgets for the departments of Aging, Health, Human Services, and Drug and Alcohol Programs. She is a graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science in professional accountancy and resides in Marysville with her family.

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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