The MEDA Mentorship Program is a unique opportunity to share the years of professional development experience you have attained by mentoring emerging professionals in Maryland!

The MEDA Mentorship Program also offers an opportunity for MEDA members who are new to economic development—or looking to next level their career—to seek some guidance from others within the industry.

The program matches mentors and mentees based on expertise, needs, geographic location, etc.

If you’re interested in being mentored, please click here.

If you’re interested in providing mentorship, please click here.

Mentorship Program participants must be MEDA members. Not a member yet? Sign up here!


MEDA Mentors

  • Denise Beaver, CEcD, Director, Carroll County Department of Economic Development
  • Laurie Boyer Babb, CEcD, Director of Economic Development, Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation
  • Lynne Benzion, CEcD, Director of Business Retention and Expansion, Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation
  • Kim Clark, Executive Vice President, Baltimore Development Corporation
  • Rosa Cruz, CEcD, Chief of Staff, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Sharon Disque, CEcD, Economic Development Manager, City of Gaithersburg
  • Sandy Dubay, CEcD, CEO, PPR Strategies – People & Places Reimagined
  • Heather Gramm, CEcD, Assistant Secretary, Maryland Department of Commerce
  • Richard Griffin, AICP, CEcD, Director of Economic Development, The City of Frederick
  • Shelly Gross-Wade, Principal Consultant, Bay Crossing Consulting Services, LLC
  • Trish Heidenreich, CEcD, Founder & CEO, Economic Development Initiatives Group
  • Tamar Osterman, CEcD, Senior Business Development Representative, Maryland Department of Commerce
  • Cindy Rivarde, CEO, Rockville Economic Development, Inc.
  • Jerry T. Sanford, Managing Director of Business And Economic Development Officer, The Harbor Bank of Maryland
  • Vernon Thompson, President, Strategic Path Forward Consulting Services
  • Larry Twele, CEcD, Principal, Eastport Partners, LLC
  • Jamie Williams, CEcD, Director, Kent County Department of Economic and Tourism Development