MEDC Executive Committee

The overall management and control of the MEDC rests with an Executive Committee consisting of twenty members, appointed by the Governor of the State of Michigan. The Executive Committee appoints the Chief Executive Officer, who administers all programs, funds, personnel, and all other administrative transactions of the MEDC.  In addition to the Executive Committee, the MEDC has a Corporation Board of participants. Executive Committee meetings are open to the public and are held at the MEDC’s Lansing Office or at other Michigan sites.  As a public body, the MEDC Executive Committee is subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), as well as the Open Meetings Act (OMA). For a copy of the MEDC By-Laws

The goal of the MEDC Executive Committee is to ensure MEDC performs and is recognized as one of the top ten state economic development organizations in the nation. The MEDC Executive Committee will support the MEDC through governance, support to enable results-based action, and advocacy for the organization and economic development in Michigan.


Doug Rothwell

Chair, MEDC Executive Committee, President & CEO, Business Leaders for Michigan, Detroit


Jeff Noel

Vice Chair, MEDC Executive Committee, Corporate Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs, Whirlpool Corporation, Benton Harbor


Lizabeth Ardisana

Chief Executive Officer, ASG Renaissance, Dearborn


David B. Armstrong

President and CEO, GreenStone Farm Credit Services, East Lansing


John W. Brown

Chairman Emeritus, Stryker Corporation, Portage


Robert Collier

President and CEO, Council of Michigan Foundations, Grand Haven


Fritz Erickson

President, Northern Michigan University, Marquette


Chris MacInnes

Chief Operating Officer, Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville


Mike McLauchlan

Vice President, Government Relations, Ilitch Holdings, Detroit


Dr. Robert K. McMahan

President, Kettering University, Flint


David E. Meador

Vice Chairman & Chief Administrative Officer, DTE Energy, Detroit


Jeff Metts

President, Dowding Industries/Astraeus Wind Energy, Eaton Rapids


Thomas James Moran

CEO and Founder, Moran Iron Works, Onaway


Scott Newman-Bale

Partner/President of Business Development, Short’s Brewing Company, Bellaire


J. Gregory Northrup

President, VNA Corporation, Grand Rapids


John B. "Jack" O'Reilly, Jr.

Mayor of the city of Dearborn, Michigan


Christopher L. Rizik

Chief Executive Officer and Fund Manager, Renaissance Venture Capital Fund, Ann Arbor


Anmar K. Sarafa

Founder, President & CIO, Steward Capital Management, Inc., Bloomfield Hills


David Washburn

Executive Director, Michigan State University Foundation


Karen Weaver

Mayor of the city of Flint, Michigan

MEDC Corporation Board

MEDC Corporation Board meets annually to evaluate the MEDC’s performance via standards set by the Executive Committee, and may review Executive Committee acts if necessary. Representatives are appointed by the 59 MEDC interlocal partners and by the governor and include the MEDC Executive Committee. Members serve at the pleasure of the governor.


All meetings are held at the MEDC Lansing Office unless otherwise noted.

  • February 12, 2019: 10 am – 12 pm
  • April 9, 2019: 10 am – 12 pm
  • July 16, 2019: Time and location TBD
  • September 10, 2019: 10 am – 12 pm
  • November 12, 2019: 10 am –12 pm

Meeting Minutes


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