Board of Directors

The UMA Board of Directors is made up of volunteer members who represent the diverse needs, aspects and interests of the larger UMA Membership.

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Boulay_headshotDavid Boulay, Ph.D.

President, Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC)

David is President of the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC), a public-private partnership with the mission to be a catalyst for transforming the state of manufacturing. In this role, Boulay focuses his passion at the intersection between economic development, workforce development, and manufacturing competitiveness. With over twenty years’ experience in manufacturing, university, and non-profit settings, he brings a broad understanding to his work.

Prior to joining IMEC, David held leadership positions with several manufacturing companies, primarily in the food industry. He also worked at The Ohio State University South Centers leading a team that comprised of a mixed used incubator, Small Business Development Center, and a Rural Cooperative Development Center. David also served as Deputy Director at North Carolina State University’s Industrial Extension Service, where he managed an 80-member staff who provided outreach services to the state’s manufacturers, operated a mineral research center, and a technology incubator. He holds a Ph.D in Workforce Development and Education, an M.B.A., and a B.S. in Operations Management. In pursuing his Ph.D., David concentrated his research in two areas; career pathway models and high performance work practices in small and mid-sized enterprises.


MattClaytonMatthew Clayson

Vice President, General Counsel, Business Development and Governmental Affairs, Detroit Trading Company

Matt was formerly Executive Director of the Detroit Creative Corridor Center where he worked with numerous stakeholders, practitioners and community leaders to develop a series of strategies targeted towards growing Detroit’s creative economy. Prior to that, he was an attorney with interactive marketing company ePrize, LLC (now HelloWorld).

Matt is an active member of the Detroit community. He is a drafter of the Detroit Declaration and he is a founding member of Michigan Children’s Leadership Council. He serves on the board for Creative Many Michigan; is an advisor for South by Southwest (SXSW) Eco 2015; and is a member of the BMW Responsible Leaders Network. He has also served on numerous advisory boards and taskforces including for Southwest Detroit Business Association, Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, the Detroit Renaissance “Road to Renaissance” creative economy work group, the 2009 Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce Mackinac Advisory Committee, The Center for Michigan’s “Michigan’s Defining Moment” Campaign, Detroit Synergy and the Detroit Yacht Club.


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Michael Cooper

Senior Vice President & Regional Director of Public Affairs (MidStates), Citizens Bank

As Regional Director of Public Affairs for Citizens Bank, Michael is responsible for local and statewide community outreach, signature programs and philanthropic activities in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, New York, Ohio, Michigan and Illinois. Working closely with partners in government and nonprofit organizations, Michael leads the local delivery of Citizens Helping Citizens – the bank’s comprehensive community engagement program that addresses five key areas: hunger, housing, economic development, financial education and volunteerism.

Previously, Michael served as Director of The Office of Manufacturing & Industry for the City of Philadelphia under Mayor Michael Nutter where he coordinated industrial development activities and oversaw the implementation of the Manufacturing Growth Strategy for Philadelphia, a product of the Mayor’s Task Force on Manufacturing. Prior to that, Michael spent seven years with the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC), Philadelphia’s economic development organization, as Vice President and Industrial Market Manager. Michael has a Master’s of Public Administration from Widener University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Penn State University. He is a founding board member of the Urban Manufacturing Alliance.


EdemetriouElizabeth Demetriou, AICP

Director of Economic Development, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)

As the Director of Economic Development at LISC, Elizabeth delivers a comprehensive package of grants, technical assistance and capital to underserved communities around the country. LISC supports programs and invests in projects that result in job creation, business expansion and the development of healthy, desirable communities that attract private investment, entrepreneurship and economic growth. Prior to joining LISC, Elizabeth was Deputy Director of the NYC Regional Economic Development Council at Empire State Development Corporation (ESD), NY State’s economic development arm. The council was created to develop a long term strategic plan for the region and implement a community based, bottom up approach to redefine the way New York invests in jobs and economic growth.

She held several positions at the Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation (SBIDC) before joining ESD ending her tenure as Deputy Director. Working at SBIDC Elizabeth had the opportunity to work directly with businesses, policy makers, and community leaders to help grow manufacturing and create pathways to help local residents access local jobs. Elizabeth has over ten years of experience working on economic development, commercial revitalization and workforce development in the non-profit and government sectors. A member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), she has a Masters of Urban Planning from Hunter College (CUNY) and lives in Red Hook, Brooklyn.



Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati

Steven is an expert in the areas of design research, user centered product development, and interface design.  He received a BFA from the University of Illinois Chicago and MA from the Ohio State University. Professionally he has worked in consulting and corporate environments and started several private ventures. As a current faculty member in the University of Cincinnati’s Industrial Design Program, he specializes in healthcare and design entrepreneurialism. At UC he is an active collaborator with faculty and students from Nursing, Business and interacts with several private entities. His numerous publications/presentations are internationally recognized and his students constantly amaze him.



Adam Friedman

Director, The Pratt Center for Community Development

Adam has more than three decades of professional experience working to strengthen the manufacturing sector. He was previously Executive Director of the Garment Industry Development Corporation and the NY Industrial Retention Network as well as Director of Economic Development for several elected officials. He has directed and written numerous articles and studies on a variety of issues including creating affordable space for manufacturing, fostering sustainable business practices, supporting specific manufacturing sectors and strengthening urban manufacturing. He is a graduate of Haverford College and Benjamin Cardozo Law School and has taught and lectured at Columbia, Pratt, CUNY, Berkeley and Yale.

kateKate Sofis

Founding Executive Director, SFMade

Founded in 2010, SFMade works to support and grow the local manufacturing sector in San Francisco, with programming that spans industry-specific education, advanced business advising, and services that support local hiring, securing industrial real estate, and access to growth capital. Kate’s experience integrates a rich background in entrepreneurship, business management, operations and supply chain strategy, and urban economic development with a specialty in artisan/craft manufacturing industries. Prior to SFMade, Kate held senior management positions at Pacific Community Ventures, in Ernst & Young’s West Coast Supply Chain practice, and at manufacturers AFE/Vida and Teradyne. Kate holds a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University and an M.A in City Design and Social Policy from the London School of Economics. She lives in San Francisco’s growing “Mission Creek” manufacturing district and is thrilled that her two young daughters can now walk just two blocks to see how ceramics, furniture, and chocolate are made!


Eric StricklandEric Strickland

Executive Director, Riley Area Development Corporation

Eric Strickland is the Executive Director of Riley Area Development Corporation (RADC). RADC is a Community Development Corporation founded in 1979. CDCs are catalysts for community-led neighborhood rebirth through housing revitalization, economic development, and partnerships with self-sufficiency programs. CDCs maximize public funds through alliances with financial institutions, equity investors, and individual donors. RADC’s core service area is the near downtown Indianapolis, including the Massachusetts Avenue retail, residential, and cultural district. Committed to helping neighborhoods direct their own economic destiny, RADC believes long-term revitalization of urban neighborhoods is most successful when it is resident driven.

RADC’s is also leading revitalization efforts in the Mass Avenue Industrial Corridor. This 500 acre industrial area is immediately adjacent to downtown Indianapolis and has several challenges being addressed to support the growth of small scale urban manufacturing. Prior to joining RADC in 2013, Eric spent 12 years as a senior project manager for Kite Realty Group working on commercial real estate in the Midwest and Southeast regions.