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National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) and the NADO Research Foundation (new address as of  January 23, 2020)
122 C Street, NW, Suite 830, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202.921.4440 | Fax: 202.921.4455 |

Bret Allphin
Senior Program Manager
Bret Allphin serves as a Senior Program Manager for NADO, focusing on projects related to rural transportation as well as community and economic development. Prior to joining NADO Bret worked at Buckeye Hills Regional Council in Marietta Ohio from 2001 to 2020, serving as GIS Manager and Development Director. As Development Director Bret managed the public infrastructure financing, comprehensive planning, mapping and data services programs, and contributed to establishing the Regional Transportation Planning Program (RTPO) in Ohio, first designated in 2016. In subsequent employment Bret worked as a consultant assisting communities in rural Ohio with policy development, planning, and project implementation. Bret holds a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from the Harry Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Marietta College
Mirielle Burgoyne
Deputy Executive Director / Director of Government Relations
Work Phone: 202.921.4443
Mirielle Burgoyne serves as NADO’s Deputy Executive Director / Director of Government Relations. In this role, she facilitates outreach to policymakers and advocates for NADO’s advocacy priorities. She also oversees aspects of NADO's daily operations. Before joining NADO, Mirielle was a Senior Associate with the Pew Charitable Trusts, where she conducted research on economic development programs across the country and advocated for policy solutions to make those programs more effective and impactful. Prior to that, Mirielle served as a Policy Advisor with the Delta Regional Authority, where she developed partnerships with federal agencies, facilitated joint collaborations with the White House Rural Council and National Economic Council, and oversaw programs and initiatives designed to spur economic diversification, disaster resilience, workforce development, and improved health outcomes in the eight-state Mississippi River Delta region. Mirielle holds a BA in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland College Park.
Krystal De Leon
Operations Manager
Work Phone: 202-921-4450

Krystal De Leon serves as the Operations Manager for NADO. She is responsible for the operation of the association’s management software/database, accounts receivables/accounts payables, on-site meeting support/registrations, and provides assistance to support grant reporting requirements. Prior to coming to work for NADO, Krystal worked as a Property Manager in Northern Virginia for over 10 years followed by 4 years working for State Services Organization, a non-profit organization in DC that specializes in Association Management, Conference Room Management & Property Management. Krystal's various work experiences taught her how to juggle multiple tasks while maintaining a high level of customer service and attention to detail.

Krystal graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Krystal obtained her Virginia Real Estate License while working as a Property Manager in Northern Virginia & her Certified Meeting Professional designation while working for State Services in Washington DC.

Carrie Kissel
Associate Director
Work Phone: 202.643.9560 Work Fax: 202.921.4455
Carrie Kissel serves as the Associate Director for the NADO Research Foundation’s transportation research and capacity building programs, wealth creation, and other regional planning and development work.  In this position, Carrie conducts research on noteworthy practices in regional transportation and economic development, produces a range of written materials from research reports to website articles and social media posts, provides technical assistance on various topics, plans training events, develops and implements training and facilitation materials for sessions, and conducts frequent outreach to rural and small metro transportation and development practitioners.  Carrie initially joined NADO in 2005 as a graduate fellow before becoming a program manager and senior program manager.  She has completed many projects related to transportation, rural wealth creation, 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.
Jamie McCormick
Legislative Associate
Jamie McCormick serves on the Government Relations team as a Legislative Associate. Before taking on this role at NADO, she worked as a NADO Policy Fellow while pursuing a graduate degree in International Development at the George Washington University. Jamie has previously worked as a convention coordinator and legislative affairs associate at the Northeastern Retail Lumber Association. In these roles she helped to coordinate conferences of over 3,000 attendees and advocated on behalf of small businesses across the northeast. Jamie has a Master’s in International Development from the George Washington University, and a dual bachelor’s in political science and international relations from the State University of New York at Geneseo.
Joe McKinney
Executive Director
Work Phone: 202.921.4441
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.
Ciara Ristig
Program Manager
Ciara Ristig supports projects focused on community and economic development, develops content for publications and reports, contributes to NADO’s communication and outreach, and assists with project webinars and events. Prior to joining NADO, Ciara served as a Senior Planner at the County of Santa Barbara (CA) and worked on EU funded development projects at consultancies in Hamburg and Vienna. During her previous employment she conducted policy analysis, authored written reports and developed effective partnerships with a broad group of internal and external colleagues. Ciara has a Master’s in Urban Development from the Ecole d’Urbanisme de Paris, and a Bachelors in Growth & Structure of Cities and French from Bryn Mawr College.
Brittany Salazar
Meetings and Membership Manager
Work Phone: 202.921.4451
Brittany has worked in the meeting and event planning industry for the last decade, with experience ranging from planning and catering 500-person weddings at the Andrew Mellon Auditorium to executing the largest water quality conference in the world which brings in over 25,000 attendees. She studied communications at Salisbury State University and has over seven years of association work experience. Brittany earns ongoing continuing education for professional development and always stays up to date on the latest trends in meeting management. Her exceptional organizational skills and refined attention to detail help her thrive in the meeting planning arena.
Brett Schwartz
Associate Director
Brett Schwartz serves as the Associate Director for 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.
Laurie Thompson
Deputy Executive Director
Work Phone: 202.921.4442 Work Fax: 202.921.4455
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.