Fourth Economy Pioneers are individuals that are providing leadership and results in their respective areas of interest. They are extensions of the Fourth Economy team and we have structured relationships to allow for their involvement in our projects.
Innovation Intermediary Pioneer
Jeff Brancato has nearly 25 years of experience in economic development, science and technology policy and the management of public-private partnerships to advance innovation, economic growth and regional competitiveness. His work includes development and use of public sector policy tools to enhance collaboration, creation and implementation of university initiatives to build research programs and connect more strongly to industry, and execution of regional strategies that leverage historic manufacturing and technology assets for higher-value uses.
From 2011 through 2014, he served as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, at NorTech, a leading innovation-based regional economic development, which serves 21 counties in Northeast Ohio. He led the organization’s strategic planning and government advocacy efforts, and in particular managed institutions and federal and other research facilities.
Prior to NorTech, Mr. Brancato held senior administrative positions at the University of Massachusetts and Columbia University, focused on building academic research programs and the enhancing the role of the university in regional innovation economies. Most notably, at UMass he managed on behalf of the President a seed investment program for new faculty research initiatives. Over six years, roughly $5 million in investment led to $165 million in follow-on support from state, federal and industry partners. At Columbia University, he managed the development of an integrated intellectual property management system for a 26-member consortium conducting biodefense research under an NIH grant. Earlier in his career, he was in the federal civil service as a budget officer at the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Mr. Brancato holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Williams College and a Master of Public Administration from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.
Lynn Colosi is our public transportation pioneer and will be supporting Fourth Economy’s development efforts by linking transit and multimodal solutions to sustainable land use strategies. In 2003 Lynn and her partners started Clear View Strategies, a public transportation consulting firm working primarily with transit agencies, municipalities, developers and other consultant specialists. Lynn has been in the transit industry for 21 years, having worked 14 of those years at Port Authority of Allegheny County. Her more notable work includes transit and funding solutions for Eastside Development, a $200+ million mixed-use development around East Liberty Busway Station in Pittsburgh’s East End and the “Future Investment in TOD”, a a step-by-step work book that planners can use to determine whether TOD is an effective method for planning and developing sites around transit or transit station areas.
Lynn is a graduate of CORO Women in Leadership 2003, has a BA in Communications / Journalism from Duquesne University and an MA in Labor Relations from St. Francis University.
Rebecca L. Flora, AICP, LEED AP BD+C
Rebecca L. Flora, is a D.C. based consultant whose work focuses on the creation of “Sustainable Societies” through facilitated planning processes and knowledge exchange that is supported by her expertise in sustainable development. Prior to starting her own consulting practice, RLF Collaborative, Rebecca was the Senior Vice President of Education and Research at the U.S. Green Building Council. While at USGBC she led the transformation of the education and research programs of USGBC creating new business models and methods in response to fast changing market needs globally. Her transformational leadership and entrepreneurial approach was also well established during her years at the head of the Green Building Alliance (GBA) in Pittsburgh. As GBA’s, first executive director she led many initiatives that established the Western Pennsylvania region as an earlier pioneer and leader in the green building movement. During her 11 years with GBA she worked on many LEED projects and served as the LEED AP for the world’s first green convention center; she led the creation of the Green Building Products Initiative – a program created to grow Pennsylvania’s green economy; and, was instrumental in the development and approval of Pittsburgh’s Climate Action Plan. Her work prior to GBA was solidly based in community development, as executive director of the South Side Local Development Company and project manager for the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh. In these positions she was directly involved in over 200 acres of brownfield redevelopment along Pittsburgh riverfronts and led the revitalization of the South Side neighborhood through National Main Street and affordable housing development programs. Rebecca has served on multiple boards and committees including serving as USGBC Board Chair in 2008 where she co-led the organization’s strategic planning process. She has served as an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College and was one of the first USGBC LEED Faculty members. She is a widely recognized thought leader that is often requested to speak at national and international events and provide commentary to the media and other public forums.
Rebecca holds a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Science from Plattsburgh SUNY. She also holds several professional certificates, including The National Development Council’s Economic Development Finance Professional certification, GBCI’s LEED Accredited Professional and the American Institute of Certified Planners. She has received several recognitions and awards, including being named an “Environmental Hero for 2004” by Interiors & Sources magazine, as one of “The Top 50 Cultural Forces in Pittsburgh” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, AIA Pittsburgh’s Leadership Award and Carnegie Science Center’s Environmental Award in 2009.
Innovation Intermediary Pioneer
Chris is a seasoned technology sector executive with experience at both private and non-profit organizations. Chris has more than 30 years of executive Information Technology management experience in health care administration, financial services, book publishing/distribution, and technology consulting. He recently exited TMG Health, the leading government healthcare administrator, after a very successful engagement as the companies Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer.
Prior to joining TMG Health, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Technology Institute and the Great Valley Technology Alliance.for 8 years. In that capacity, he developed and executed a well rounded technology based economic development strategy for the northeastern Pennsylvania region, inclusive of 14 colleges and universities, over 30 private sector partners, 3 regional chambers of commerce, and state and federal partners. In this position, Chris helped to win, and ultimately administered a $15M DOL grant for the Wall Street West program, part of the WIRED (Workforce Investment for Regional Economic Development) initiative. Additionally, he developed and won several rounds of Keystone (Pa) Innovation Grants (KIZ) which funded student internships, faculty research opportunities and technology transfer capabilities in northeastern Pa.
He has also held the position of Vice President of Business Operations for Keane, Inc. and executive-level positions for Harper Collins Publishers Inc. and Chemical Bank/Manufacturers Hanover Trust Bank (JP Morgan Chase).
In addition to his executive management expertise, Mr Haran is an Adjunct Professor at the School of Business and Innovation at Marywood University in Scranton, Pa., an Adjunct Faculty member at Misericordia University, Dallas, Pa., and has taught several courses at the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University.
Mr. Haran holds a Master’s degree in Management Science and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Education from Stony Brook University, New York. He also attended the Managing Information Systems Resources executive program at Harvard University.
Market Intelligence Pioneer
Jeremy Kalin is our first Pioneer and will be supporting our sustainable development efforts and market intelligence. Jeremy is a retiring Minnesota State legislator who is also launching a new consulting company called Eutectics Consulting. Kalin is completing his second term in the Minnesota House of Representatives where he gained national recognition for his work on clean energy policy. As Chair of the national Coalition of Legislators for Energy Action Now (CLEAN), Kalin has worked closely with the Obama administration, national clean energy advocates and clean tech innovators.
Kalin holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, a graduate education in architecture, and a Juris Doctorate from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, MN. Kalin was named a “Legislative All-Star” by Fresh Energy and has been called “one of the Legislature’s rising stars” by the Minneapolis StarTribune. Kalin has spoken at the National Press Club and the United States Senate, and frequently speaks to national clean energy conferences.
Business Optimization Pioneer
Tom Kristofco specializes in strategic planning, business optimization and sale, business continuity planning and management consulting services. As founder and CEO of Business Continuity Concepts, Tom offers more than twenty-five years of management experience in the start-up, growth, optimization, and sale of technology, software, and service business enterprises.
Prior to establishing Business Continuity Concepts, Tom founded and served as the CEO of Blair Technology Group, a business continuity planning and technology management consulting firm, which was acquired in 2005 by Paradigm Holdings (PDHO).
Tom is an honors graduate of Saint Francis University of Pennsylvania and holds the designation of Certified Public Accountant. He is a frequent presenter and author in the areas of strategic planning, optimization and sale of business enterprises, business continuity program development, and data breach incident response planning.
Jeff Marcella brings 20 years of workforce development experience in the public and nonprofit sectors across the spectrum of program development and management. Jeff is a pioneer in the emerging “sector” model of job-training initiatives. Jeff spent eleven years in roles of increasing responsibility at the City of Chicago Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development where he led the department’s policy and strategic planning work. He developed policies and procedures for MOWD’s 100 service providers, and led the department’s launch of key initiatives including the local Welfare to Work and Workforce Investment Act programs and nationally recognized “Sector Center” workforce hubs. Jeff co-led a statewide benchmarking and professional development initiative for Indiana’s Adult Education and Workforce Development systems. He has also led strategic planning processes focused on industry sector initiatives for Washington, DC’s Workforce Development Council and San Diego’s Workforce Partnership. He leverages deep experience in leading successful workforce initiatives and a broad knowledge of workforce programs across the US.
Prior related experience has included positions in program management at Heartland Alliance in Chicago, managing comprehensive social services for public housing residents, managing the Chicago Neighborhood JobStart program for the Chicago Community Trust, and delivering a welfare-to-work program at the Jubilee Association in Pittsburgh. Jeff’s role at JobStart demonstrates the integrated approach to program monitoring, evaluation and management that our team offers. Jeff coordinated ten grantee agencies to successfully place more than 1,600 Chicagoans in supported employment, leveraging $8 million in public and private funding and maintaining a high proportion of participants through successful program completion, making an important impact on Chicago’s economic recovery. Jeff holds a Masters in Public Policy and a Masters in Divinity from the University of Chicago and a Bachelors degree from Georgetown University.
Land Use Pioneer
Jeff Sanders is the owner of Community Planning & Consulting, LLC in Green Bay, Wisconsin. For the past 18 years, he has worked as an environmental/land use planner assisting Wisconsin communities in achieving their long-term planning goals. Jeff specializes in sustainable development, conservation design, public participation, green infrastructure, watershed restoration, and Tribal land use law.
Mr. Sanders has authored more than 50 local comprehensive plans, subdivision ordinances, and zoning ordinances…most focused on the incorporation of sustainability into local land use policy. During the late 1990s he managed the $21.8 million Duck Creek/Apple-Ashwaubenon Creeks Priority Watershed Project, one of the most successful watershed restoration efforts in Wisconsin’s history. Jeff is a professionally trained facilitator who has led more than 400 strategic planning meetings around the state.
Sanders graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with degrees in Urban & Regional Studies and Environmental Policy & Planning. He is currently completing his Masters degree in Environmental Science & Policy. Jeff has lectured at a number of universities in Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and has spoken at more than two-dozen conferences around the Great Lakes region. He is a past President of Sustainable Green Bay.
Jocelyn Sheppard, Ph.D.
Jocelyn Sheppard facilitates the creation, planning, and execution of new ventures and initiatives. As Principal Consultant at Red House Consulting, Jocelyn provides feasibility studies; business plans and proposals; strategic and operational planning; and project and event planning for clients in the business, nonprofit, and government sectors.
Prior to founding Red House Consulting, Jocelyn was a program manager at the National Technology Transfer Center where she designed and managed commercialization feasibility studies for new technologies belonging to commercial, federal, and academic clients. The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory credited her reports for helping to secure the interest of potential investors and licensees in JPL technologies.
Jocelyn holds an M.L.S. and a Ph.D. in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She earned a BA in Comparative Literature from the University of Virginia. She has written articles and presented workshops on market and industry research, technology transfer tools, and effective writing.
Roy is the Director of Strategic Solutions at The Center of Workforce Innovations (CWI) and serves at the lead staff employee for national consulting and technical for states regions,and local communities for workforce development and education strategies tied to overall economic development goals. He is one of the leading authorities in the country on workforce board planning and organizational structures, and for building multi-disciplinary partnerships among economic development, workforce development, and education leaders.
Prior to joining CWI, Roy served as CEO of three different workforce boards: Indianapolis, Louisville, and Evansville, Indiana. Roy has helped lead statewide workforce skills initiatives in Pennsylvania, Colorado, Kentucky, and Ohio and has served as President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Employment and Training Council, President of the Indiana Association of Local Workforce Boards, Co-Chair of the national Enterprise Council (USDOL quality initiative), and a member of numerous national, state, and local workforce development leadership groups. Additionally, Roy served as the primary author of several grant applications for regional and statewide partnerships including: $20 million initiative to serve laid-off workers for Pennsylvania Community Colleges in 2011, WIRED (Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development) grants for Metro Denver Colorado ($15 million) and Southeast Missouri ($5 million) in 2006/07.
Roy has championed workforce system innovations in:
- Board leadership beyond the limits of existing funding constraints
- Building workforce development center partnerships and business plans
- Positioning workforce boards for relevance in larger development plans
- Setting quality standards for workforce development initiatives and
- Acquiring new funding sources to implement new initiatives
Roy holds a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, and a Bachelor of Industrial and Systems Engineering from Georgia Tech, Atlanta, Georgia.