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Speaker Bios

Diane Sullivan

Diane Sullivan has worked for many years advocating for affordable housing and addressing the rise of homelessness in  Massachusetts.  Sullivan was honored for her work, receiving the Nancy Nye Award by the Boston-based Women's Institute for Housing and Economic Development. Read more about Diane Sullivan

Ann Swanson

Executive Director
Chesapeake Bay Commission

Ann Swanson has served as a leader in the Chesapeake Bay restoration for nearly 30 years, the last 26  as the executive director of the Chesapeake Bay Commission,  a tri-state legislative authority serving the states of Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia. It is the commission’s responsibility to sponsor legislation at the state level and to work with state legislators, members of the U.S. Read more about Ann Swanson

Tony Toups

Advantage Capital Partners

Anthony “Tony” Toups joined Advantage Capital in 2006. He is involved in the firm’s national expansion efforts and economic
development activities, working on the  implementation of public/private investment programs that foster access to capital. He is a frequent speaker on these topics and also provides legal advice and representation as corporate counsel.

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Rich Walsh

Corporate Vice President

Rich Walsh is corporate vice president and deputy general counsel for commercial law, litigation and regulatory law for Valero. Much of the work involves interfacing with key regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Transportation, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, U.S. Read more about Rich Walsh

Adam Welchel

Director of Conservation Programs
The Nature Conservancy

Adam Whelchel’s 25-year year career in leadership positions has catalyzed partnerships with strategic direction while with government agencies, private firms, academic institutions and nonprofit groups in the United States, China, Southeast Asia, Caribbean and Africa. Dr. Whelchel is a dynamic communicator called upon to assist diverse groups from around the world with team building, strategic planning and community resilience. Read more about Adam Welchel

Don Williams

Senior Broadband Development Officer
US Dept of Commerce

Don Williams serves as a senior specialist for broadband development for the new BroadbandUSA program at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), U.S. Department of Commerce. He serves as a strategic advisor, supplying technical assistance to communities as they implement broadband deployment and adoption programs to advance economic development, education, health care and public safety. Read more about Don Williams