Pontiac, Michigan -- Maureen Donohue Krauss, Oakland County's Director of Economic Development & Community Affairs, was recently named one of Crain's Detroit Business Magazine's 2010 "Women to Watch."
Her accomplishments and responsibilities include Oakland County's highly successful Emerging Sectors program, international business attraction and the Oakland County Main Street program. She manages a staff of more than 70 employees.
"My entire career I have had the benefit of working with talented people and great role models," Krauss said. "This honor is as much a credit to them as it is to me."
"Maureen truly is one to watch," Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. "She is one of the most experienced and talented economic developers in the state. We are delighted to have her on our staff."
In 2003, Krauss served as the president of the Michigan Economic Developers Association, a 470-member organization that serves economic development professionals throughout the state. She is an active member of the German American and the French American Chamber of Commerce, and is on the Board of the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce of Detroit, the British American Business Council, and the Italian American Association of Business and Technology.
Krauss previously worked in economic development positions in Arizona and Metro Detroit. She has also held a position in fundraising for the College of Engineering, University of Illinois. In 1994 the Arizona Association for Economic Development named her Economic Developer of the Year. She is a currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Rochester Community Schools Foundation, the North Oakland YMCA and the Legacy Project.
Krauss, 48, has a bachelor's degree in political science from Albion College and a master's degree in public policy from the University of Michigan. She joined the county in 1998 as a business development representative. She became deputy director of economic development and community affairs in 2005, advancing to director in July 2009. She lives in Rochester Hills with her husband Dean and their two children, John and Natalie.
Fifteen Metro Detroit women were acknowledged for making a difference in their professions and industries. Other award recipients include Carol Goss, CEO of the Skillman Foundation; Valerie Parisi, Dean of the Wayne State University School of Medicine and Barbara McQuade, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan.