Strategy, Policy & Planning

CenterState CEO’s Strategy, Policy & Planning (SPP) team provides strategic direction for the organization and ensures that its collective activities advance its mission-based priorities. It builds consensus around strategic and large-scale regional collaborations; leads CEO’s fund development, public policy, government affairs, and air service development activities; partners with aligned regional organizations; provides research and analysis on the region’s core economic indicators; and assists in talent-related activities.

CenterState CEO can provide research, public policy and initiative support to help you in strategic and day-to-day decision making. Members and public sector partners can turn to CenterState CEO as a recognized, and trusted resource for:

  • Reliable economic insight and information
  • Intelligent solution-oriented public policy analysis and business advocacy
  • Expertise in place making, planning and development.

CenterState CEO also works to advance and enable business growth through improved regional infrastructure, urban revitalization, coordinated site redevelopment and repurposing, and management of key business districts and sites.

Strategy, Policy & Planning Team

Eployee Lising

Strategy, Policy & Planning


Benjamin Sio

Chief of Staff and Senior Vice President of Strategy, Policy and Planning


Kevin Schwab

Vice President, Public Policy and Government Relations; Senior Aviation Industry Advisor


Kelly Fumarola

Executive Director, the CenterState CEO Foundation and Invest CNY; Director of Development


David Mankiewicz

Senior Advisor


Jared Shepard

Director of Research and Planning


Kristine Sherlock

Administrative Assistant

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