Young Leaders

MEDA has served Maryland’s economic development professionals for over 55 years. In the last few years, we’ve seen the next generation of economic development professionals joining the organization, getting engaged, and bringing new ideas to our committees.

We’re asking for member participation! This group is open to economic developers under the age of 40 who are looking for collaboration opportunities and chances to network. 

This young leaders group is meant to connect young economic development professionals as they grow in their careers. If this is of interest to you, please consider participating in this new MEDA group. Please complete the form below expressing your interest.

You must be a member of MEDA to participate in this group. If you are not a MEDA member, please click here to apply for membership

Upcoming Events:

Engage with the MEDA Young Leaders Virtual Networking Sessions, a professionally curated forum designed for continuous learning and connection. Convening bi-monthly for an hour, these sessions are a valuable opportunity to hear from an array of distinguished economic development speakers, each bringing unique insights and expertise. The structure caters to both first-time attendees and regular participants, ensuring a rewarding experience with each session. Participants are encouraged to join as their schedules permit, with the assurance that each session offers a standalone opportunity for enrichment and networking. Upcoming Sessions include:

  • May 31, 2024 at 11:00am — register here
  • July 26, 2024 at 11:00am
  • September 27, 2024 at 11:00am
  • November 22, 2024 at 11:00am

Young Leaders Committee


  • Allison Akers, Director of Marketing & Communications, Vision Technologies
  • Jennifer LaHatte, Managing Director of Policy, Research, and Government Affairs, Maryland Department of Commerce

Committee Members:

  • Destiny Allen Mitchell, Senior Economic Development Program Officer, Local Initiatives Support Corporation.
  • Autumn Becker, Executive Director, Western MD IT Center of Excellence, Allegany College of Maryland
  • Sarah Guy, Principal, SG Insights, LLC
  • Cassy Haber, Associate Director of Marketing & Communications, TEDCO
  • Jen LaHatte, Director of Policy and Program Development, Maryland Department of Commerce
  • Martin Proulx, Value Added Agricultural Specialist, Maryland Department of Agriculture
  • Daisy Namukwaya, Economic Impact Analyst, FSC First
  • Brian Sheavly, Project Manager, Maryland Department of Transportation
  • Sophie Smith, Managing Director, PPR Strategies



Complete the form below to join the MEDA Young Leaders Group

  • This group is intended for professionals under 40 years of age.
    You must be a MEDA member to be active in the Young Leaders Group. If you're not a member, we'll reach out to discuss membership.