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Susan is a Delaware native and lifelong First State resident with 20 years of experience in media and public relations and marketing communications and seven years as a member of the news media. Her specialties include crafting contextual, resonant messages and stories of impact for a range of audiences and building and cultivating relationships with internal and external stakeholders of all kinds. A 14-year member of the Junior League of Wilmington, Susan is a past president of the women’s leadership development and community service organization and led its advocacy to pass Erin’s Law in Delaware. She also is active with the Public Relations Society of America – Delaware, the American Association of University Women – Wilmington Branch and the Delaware Fund for Women. Susan holds a bachelor’s degree in English-journalism and American studies and a master’s degree in communication, both from the University of Delaware.
Ariel has more than 15 years of legal, policy, advocacy, and communications experience and holds a J.D. from the University of Maryland Law School and a B.A. from the University of Virginia. Ariel has spent more than a decade in the agriculture biotechnology space doing a mix of regulatory/government affairs and public relations. Her undergraduate foreign language studies and lifelong interest in science contribute to her ability to translate complex scientific topics into audience-appropriate messages and achieve outreach and engagement goals, while her legal education and experiences have honed her writing skills and attention to detail. She enjoys engaging with people and organizations, and connecting them to each other and their intended audiences, to foster sound science and technology policy and a thriving operating environment.
Becky has significant experience and expertise in economic development. Becky has worked extensively with site selectors, coordinated corporate site tours, international reverse investment programs and successfully recruited new businesses that added jobs and capital investment to the North Florida region. Most recently, Becky practiced commercial real estate in Delaware and the Mid-Atlantic area. She graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Business Administration and from the Economic Development Institute, University of Oklahoma. In her spare time, Becky enjoys spending time with her family and exploring Delaware’s scenic state parks and beaches.
Megan is an experienced economic development, government relations, and public affairs specialist who has worked in the private, government, and non-profit sectors. Most recently, she worked in Government Affairs for Arconic, a spin-off of Alcoa. Prior to that, she spent six years working for the Embassy of Canada, promoting investment in Canada and advocating on trade policy issues in the states of Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. Megan graduated from Florida International University with a MA in International Relations and from Old Dominion University with a BS in Political Science and Sociology. She is a competitive Masters swimmer and a committed YMCA volunteer.
Andy has been hired as an economic development contractor to assist in working with site managers and organizations seeking to relocate or expand their business in Delaware. Andy has served as the Director of Real Estate for the University of Delaware. He was responsible for the development of the former Chrysler assembly site into the University’s Science, Technology and Advanced Research Campus (STAR). With Andy’s guidance, the property was transformed into a transit-oriented research epicenter. Most recently, Andy worked closely with the Delaware business community and state government to ensure that two of Dow/DuPont’s business entities remain in Delaware.
Charles has more than 20 years of personnel and operations management experience. He has held senior management roles in both the non-profit and government sectors, chiefly responsible for resource development, strategic planning, project management and external relations. Charles was appointed by New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer to serve as the Chief Officer for Community Impact and most recently served as the Executive Vice President for Strategic Partnerships and Corporate Affairs with one of Delaware’s largest non-profits. For over a decade, Charles served as the Executive Director for the Wilmington HOPE Commission. In this role, he was responsible for a $2M capital campaign, general construction management, program design, operational management and partnership development for the Achievement Center. Charles holds a Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science, a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management and a Juris Doctorate. He currently serves on the Boards of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Teach for America, Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA), and is a Trustee for Christiana Care Health System (CCHS).
Christina Marconi is a native Delawarean with over 15 years of experience in the state’s nonprofit sector. She comes to Delaware Prosperity Partnership from Philanthropy Delaware and prior to that served as project manager for education and research and as special projects manager to the Board at the International Literacy Association (ILA). While there, Christina shepherded the development of professional learning programs; the re-visioning of project and program related practices; as well as governance, committee, and task force initiatives. She also managed the 30K+ membership organization’s annual Board election and lead cross-functional project teams. Christina spent several years at the Rodel Foundation of Delaware working with its Board and leadership, and before that served in roles at both W.L. Gore and DuPont.
Michael Marquardt is a German-American entrepreneur who has been actively involved in global trade and economic development in Europe, Asia and the United States over the past 25 years. He has led four companies as the chief executive and has been advising the government of the State of Delaware on international matters and foreign direct investment opportunities since 2010. Michael served as an advisor to the Delaware Department of State’s “Global Delaware” initiative since its inception and continued his role as a global advisor to the Delaware Prosperity Partnership (DPP) when the organization was established in 2017. In addition, Michael currently serves as a corporate director in the United States, in France, and in Indonesia. He is a frequent speaker on global issues at conferences and events around the world. In addition to his corporate board service, Michael has served on five non-profit boards over the past 20 years, including the American Cancer Society where he currently serves on the audit and the governance committees. Michael has lived and worked in Europe, Asia and the United States and is fluent in his native German.
Emma, a lifelong Delawarean, recently graduated with her master’s in public administration from the University of Delaware. While completing her masters, she was a fellow for the Institute for Public Administration (IPA) where she conducted extensive research and written reports for various education projects. During the 2017 General Assembly, Emma was a Legislative Fellow, staffing the House Education and House Housing and Community Affairs Committees. She has a BA in International Relations and Spanish Studies also from the University of Delaware. In her free time, Emma enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.
Noah Olson, Innovation Support Manager, is a Delaware native with professional experience in the public and private sector. Working for local elected officials both in Delaware and Washington, D.C. has allowed Noah to develop a deep understanding of the different communities and relationships that are impactful to our state. While working for an advisory services firm in Wilmington and earning an MBA, Noah developed an affinity for the entrepreneurial spirit, and excels at creative problem solving for startups and fostering important connections to move business forward. Noah has earned both his BA and MBA from the University of Delaware, and lives in Pike Creek with his family. When not at work, he enjoys getting outdoors, playing sports, and finding new books to read
DIRECTOR OF EXTERNAL RELATIONS & MARKETING
Michele has extensive expertise in data-driven marketing strategy, integrated brand management, fundraising and advocacy communications. She has served as an advisor to presidents and CEO’s in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors overseeing all integrated marketing strategies, brand management, philanthropy, media relations and advocacy communications. Michele led strategies for several transformational comprehensive capital campaigns raising more than $150 million dollars. The former Chair of The Delaware Alliance of Nonprofit Advancement; she is currently the President of the Tilton Mansion Preservation Society and on the Board of the Brandywine Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Michele holds an M.S. in Management & Communications from the Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University.
David’s commercial career spanned over 50 years during which time he worked for multi-nationals and SME’s as well as building a successful consulting practice, that represented local and state governments. His experience was earned living on 3 continents in 5 different countries where he conducted transactional business in over 60 countries helping firms and state organizations build and develop their market presence; this includes over the last 20 years helping a number of US states with their economic development efforts in Europe -and beyond – thus growing their footprint in the wider world.
John has extensive experience conducting regional economic and labor market research, working with a wide range of clients and partners in business, government, higher education, and community nonprofits. For the Delaware Prosperity Partnership, he leverages research to develop strategies to attract companies, help existing companies grow, and support entrepreneurial activity in the state. John holds a BA in economics and international relations from Boston University and an MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University.
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