SSTI Staff

Dan Berglund
President and CEO

Mark Skinner
Vice President and Director, Regional Innovation Acceleration Network (RIAN)

 
 

Ellen Marrison
Content Strategist 

 

Casey Stevens
Administrative Assistant

 

Jonathan Dworin
Policy Analyst

 

Laura Lacy Graham
Assistant
Director, RIAN

Research Associate, SSTI

 

Heidi Findley
Policy Analyst

 

Robert Ksiazkiewicz
Policy Analyst

Camille DeLozier
Office Administrator/Research Associate

 

Jason Rittenberg
Membership and Development Director

 

 

Dan Berglund is the President and CEO of SSTI, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving initiatives that support prosperity through science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. SSTI is the most comprehensive resource available for those involved in technology-based economic development. Leading SSTI since its inception in 1996, Mr. Berglund has helped SSTI develop a nationwide network of practitioners and policymakers dedicated to improving the economy through science, technology and innovation. SSTI works with this network to assist states and communities as they build tech-based economies, conduct research on best practices and trends in tech-based economic development, and encourage cooperation among and between state and federal programs. Prior to joining SSTI, Mr. Berglund worked as a consultant and for the Ohio Department of Development in a variety of positions, including Acting Deputy Director of the Division of Technological Innovation.


Mark Skinner is Vice President of SSTI. Working with SSTI since 1998, he is a lead developer for SSTI’s annual conference content and served as the editor of the SSTI Weekly Digest. He was the principal author or a co-author on a number of publications, including A Resource Guide for Technology-based Economic Development and State and Federal Perspectives on the SBIR Program. Mr. Skinner also is founding Director of the Regional Innovation Acceleration Network (RIAN), a federally-funded project striving to make public-private investments in innovation-based growth more efficient while achieving greater impact. Applying systems thinking to regional development strategies, RIAN is working to establish a national network of existing and emerging nonprofit Venture Development Organizations for peer-to-peer sharing of information, best/common practices and collaborative investment and entrepreneurship opportunities. Mr. Skinner received his B.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from Miami University (Oxford, OH).


Camille DeLozier is Office Administrator/Research Associate responsible for overseeing the financial health and administrative operations for SSTI. This includes: accounting, human resources, employee benefits, and payroll. Ms. DeLozier brings over 13 years of financial and administrative experience including the concurrent management of two busy law offices.  Between her business and academic experience, she has several years of experience with statistical and financial software. Ms. DeLozier earned a Bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University and a Master’s degree in Political Science from San Diego State University.


Jonathan Dworin is a Policy Analyst for SSTI where he writes for the SSTI Digest and helps to maintain a database of publicly supported programs that encourage economic growth through science, technology, and innovation. Originally from the Detroit area, he brings several years of academic research experience and has co-authored numerous reports on environmental, land, and economic development policy. During graduate school, Mr. Dworin worked with McKinsey & Co. consultants on the strategic plan for GREATERMSP, the Minneapolis-St. Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership, and delivered a presentation on occupational licensing for the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. He also worked as a graduate research assistant with the State and Local Policy Program studying industry clusters and economic competitiveness. Mr. Dworin received a Bachelor’s degree in Social Relations & Policy from James Madison College at Michigan State University and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.


As a policy analyst for SSTI, Heidi Findley primarily focuses on maintaining an internal website for NIST’s  Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program that provides political, economic development and budget information on all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Her work entails researching and editing news articles and other information covering the states’ economic development initiatives proposed by the governors and/or the legislatures and the implementation of those programs, especially those that impact the manufacturing industry, as well as providing information on governors’ proposed budgets and legislatures’ approved budgets. Ms. Findley has extensive experience in this field, having worked for Ohio’s Department of Development and served as Press Secretary to former Ohio Gov. Dick Celeste. Ms. Findley holds a B.F.A. from Centenary College in Hackettstown, New Jersey, and took additional courses in Economics and Political Science at The Ohio State University. She attended/graduated The American School in Lugano, Switzerland, where she studied European Art History and International Political Science.


Laura Lacy Graham is the Assistant Director of RIAN and a Research Associate for SSTI.  Ms. Lacy has extensive experience with program coordination, research, editorial production, and office management.  She was the research support coordinator for UNL's multi-national ANDRILL (ANtarctic geologic DRILLing) Program; a community involvement specialist with Ecology & Environment's EPA Region 7 START and Brownfields Programs; and, before joining RIAN, the office manager for Northwest Geophysics. Ms. Lacy holds a B.A. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in History with minors in Political Science and Art History.


Rob Ksiazkiewicz is a Policy Analyst for SSTI where his duties include writing for the SSTI Digest, producing the Funding Supplement to the SSTI Digest and contributing to several projects related to state tax credit programs, advanced manufacturing and crowdfunding for tech-based economic development. Currently, he is working on a compendium of the innovation and manufacturing programs across the country. Mr. Ksiazkiewicz received his dual Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Sociology from The Pennsylvania State University and his Master's degree in Public and International Affairs from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh.

 


Ellen Marrison is the Content Strategist at SSTI, researching and writing for the SSTI Digest and other publications, as well as managing communication and promotional materials for the organization.  She began her career in newspapers, writing for several daily newspapers in Ohio before working for a public relations and marketing firm in Toledo. There she coordinated different communications strategies for both corporate and non-profit clients. She established her own business, consulting for a policy organization and authoring a book before coming to SSTI.  Ms. Marrison received her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Bowling Green State University and a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from The Ohio State University.


Jason Rittenberg is the Membership and Development Director for SSTI. His work includes coordinating SSTI's member network and cultivating partnership and project opportunities. Mr. Rittenberg previously led and supported research and analysis projects for the Council of Development Finance Agencies, the State of Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, and the Cline Center for Democracy. He is a co-author of News on the Internet: Information and Citizenship in the 21st Century. Mr. Rittenberg holds a B.S. from Ohio University and an M.A. from the University of Illinois.