Staff

View our staff contacts below. If you’re not sure who to contact, send an email to our general mailbox at [email protected]

National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) and the NADO Research Foundation
400 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 388, Washington, DC 20001 (https://maps NULL.google NULL.com/maps?q=400+North+Capitol+Street,+NW,+Suite+390,+Washington,+DC+20001&hl=en&ll=38 NULL.895592,-77 NULL.009386&spn=0 NULL.00668,0 NULL.016512&sll=38 NULL.895559,-77 NULL.009321&sspn=0 NULL.00668,0 NULL.016512&hnear=400+North+Capitol+St+NW,+Washington,+District+of+Columbia+20001&t=m&z=17&iwloc=A)
Phone: 202.624.7806 | Fax: 202.624.8813 |

Vicki Glass
Meetings and Membership Consultant
Work Phone: 202.624.8574 Work Fax: 202.624.8813
Vicki Glass joined NADO in October 1993. As Director of Meetings and Membership, she is responsible for all aspects relating to meetings facilitated by NADO and the NADO Research Foundation. Specific duties include negotiation of all hotel related contracts; on site conference management which including overseeing conference registration, coordinating the meeting sessions, audio visual requirements; meal functions and other troubleshooting as needed.  Vicki received her Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation in 1996.  She also coordinates the NADO election process and membership activities. Prior to joining NADO, Glass was the director of convention services at the Quality Hotel Capitol Hill where she worked with NADO coordinating the Washington Policy Conference.
Susan Howard
Director of Government Relations and Legislative Affairs
Work Phone: 202.624.8590 Work Fax: 202.624.8813
Susan Howard serves as the Director of Government Relations and Legislative Affairs. Susan is responsible for Legislative and Executive Branch outreach, advocacy of NADO’s legislative priorities, and policy development. Before joining NADO, Susan served as the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Federal Legislative Programs Coordinator. In that role, she managed the department’s federal legislative program, working closely with the North Carolina Congressional delegation and various transportation coalitions to advance federal funding and policy goals in annual and supplemental appropriations bills and reauthorization of surface transportation programs. Prior to that, she was a Legislative Assistant to Rep. David Price (NC-4), for whom she handled transportation, energy, and environmental policy and appropriations. She holds a BA in political science from Guilford College.  
Carrie Kissel
Associate Director
Work Phone: 202.643.9560 Work Fax: 202.624.8813
Carrie Kissel serves as the Associate Director for the NADO Research Foundation’s transportation research and capacity building programs, RPO America, and wealth creation and other economic development work.  Carrie initially joined NADO in 2005 as a graduate fellow and worked on various projects related to transportation, brownfields redevelopment, and environmental stewardship.  Carrie completed a Master of Arts in Public Anthropology at American University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Ball State University.
Joe McKinney
Executive Director
Work Phone: 202.624.5947
In October 2012 Joe McKinney was named Executive Director of the National Association of Development Organizations. Joe served as Executive Director of Land-of-Sky Regional Council in Asheville, North Carolina from January 2003 until October 2012. Under his leadership, Land-of-Sky became recognized nationally for its innovation and program expansion in areas such as planning and economic development, workforce development, transportation and transit, aging services, volunteer services, and geographic information systems. Joe has twenty-one years of experience having served in city, county, regional and national association and government management since 1991. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Public Policy Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a candidate for a Masters Degree in Public Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Ian Schramm
Database Manager/Membership Assistant
Work Phone: 202.624.7841 Work Fax: 202.624.8813
Ian is responsible for the implementation of the day-to-day functions of the office.  His duties include database management, membership invoicing, and other administrative tasks.  Ian holds a BA in Political Science from Temple University and an MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University’s School of International Service.
Brett Schwartz
Program Manager
Brett Schwartz serves as a program manager and leads the NADO Research Foundation’s sustainable communities capacity building and training program for rural communities and small towns.  Brett supports this work by organizing trainings, peer exchanges, and workshops and by developing webinars, publications, and other resources covering regional planning, asset-based economic development, entrepreneurship, community engagement, and other areas.  Brett is a graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law where he focused on land use issues. He also holds degrees from Georgetown University and Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.
Josh Shumaker
Legislative Associate
Work Phone: 202.624.8482 Work Fax: 202.624.8813
Josh Shumaker supports the Director of Government Relations and Legislative Affairs and facilitates NADO’s public policy advocacy and development. Before joining NADO, he managed planning, environmental, data, and grant development programs with Memphis Area Association of Governments (MAAG). Josh earned a Master of Public Administration from The University of Memphis and a Bachelor of Arts from Wofford College.  
Laurie Thompson
Deputy Executive Director
Work Phone: 202.624.5948 Work Fax: 202.624.8813
Laurie Thompson assists the Executive Director in planning, designing, implementing and managing all of the organization’s programs and activities.  She oversees the daily operations of grant proposals, research, training and conferences, and communications activities.  Laurie works closely with the Executive Director to help secure financial resources for NADO and the NADO Research Foundation, as well as monitor and comply with appropriate budget, financial and reporting requirements.  She works with staff to develop strategic alliances with key representatives from member organizations, foundations, national organizations and federal agencies.  Before joining NADO in 1998, Laurie directed a grant making program for First Nations Development Institute, a national Native American economic development corporation. Other previous experience includes seven years in health care administration and five years providing training and technical assistance to Native grantees of the Administration on Aging.  She received a master’s degree in health services administration from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in public affairs and government from Mount Vernon College.  
She received a master’s degree in health services administration from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in public affairs and government from Mount Vernon College.