Membership Committee

The MEDA Membership Committee acts as a liaison between members and the Board of Directors. The Membership Committee also introduces new members to the organization. Committee members serve a one-year term.

MEDA members, nearly 500 strong and growing, are invested in job creation and improving the state’s business climate. They come from a broad range of professional backgrounds, including:

  • Private sector professionals with an interest in economic development.
  • State officials involved in economic development, workforce development, community development, land planning, minority business, the environment, and other key areas.
  • Local public sector employees involved in economic development programs in counties and municipalities.
  • Other members include national and international economic development leaders, transportation leaders, business consultants, and educators.


  • Kiesha Haughton, Managing Director, Maryland Women’s Business Center (MWBC),
  • Renée M. Winsky, President & CEO, Leadership Maryland

Committee Members

  • Susan Banks, Business Development Manager, Dorchester County Economic Development
  • Gregory M. Derwart, Managing Director, Maryland Department of Commerce
  • Steve Wall, Senior Business Development Rep, Maryland Department of Commerce
  • Michael Hough, Executive Director, Garrett County Department of Economic Development
  • Merry Mears, Chief Development Officer, Gillis Gilkerson
  • Andrew Sargent, Senior Business Development Representative, Maryland Department of Commerce
  • Jamie Williams, Director, Kent County Economic Development
  • Ardys Russakis, Director, Applied Research & Technology, Towson University
  • Bridget Mburu, Business Development Manager, Rockville Economic Development, Inc. (REDI)