Charles DeVries, 38

Charles DeVriesCharles DeVries has 17 years of government and community affairs experience with a focus on economic development, high-tech entrepreneurship and higher education.

DeVries began his public service career working for U.S. Congressman Fred Upton (MI-6) in 1995.  His career continued in the President's Office at his alma mater, Western Michigan University, where he helped manage the state and federal appropriations process as assistant vice president for legislative affairs.  As a registered lobbyist, DeVries promoted the University's research and legislative agendas in Lansing and Washington. 

Today, DeVries plays an integral role in the creation and management of economic development programs for Automation Alley, Michigan's largest technology business association.  He interfaces with government agencies and officials, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Automation Alley's 1,000 member organizations to launch high-growth, early stage tech firms and to promote sustainable economic growth in Michigan's technology sector. 

The information presented here was accurate as of January 2012.