DVIRC is pleased to announce that Bernadine Hawes has been appointed as the Chair of the National Advisory Board for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) on February 17, 2023.
Ms. Hawes is a seasoned executive-level, nonprofit professional and economic development specialist with extensive experience in manufacturing strategy, small business growth, and workforce development. She has been a Senior Advisor at Econsult Solutions, Inc., a firm that provides quantitative analysis and expert insights for businesses and the public sector in various fields including urban economics, real estate economics, public infrastructure, public policy, and community development and planning.
Ms. Hawes is well-known for her work in crafting the state of Pennsylvania’s “Blueprint for Technology” as a Technology Specialist for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. She has also held leadership roles on regional and national manufacturing industry boards, including serving as vice chair of the MEP Advisory Board.
Ms. Hawes brings a wealth of experience to her new role as the Chair of the National Advisory Board for the MEP. She has served on the board of DVIRC, where she held the position of Chairwoman Emerita for 17 years.
DVIRC’s CEO, Barry Miller, expressed his excitement about Ms. Hawes’ appointment, stating that “Bernadine’s experience in economic development and manufacturing strategy, as well as her commitment to small business growth and workforce development, make her the perfect candidate for this role. We are confident that she will provide valuable leadership to the National Advisory Board for the MEP and help to advance the manufacturing industry in the United States.”
Ms. Hawes, who was born and raised in Washington, D.C., holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Pennsylvania and is a summa cum laude graduate of Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. She has been the national co-chair of Penn’s Black Alumni Society and is a former member of the University of Pennsylvania’s James Brister Society for Diversity Inclusion.
Ms. Hawes’ appointment comes at a crucial time for the manufacturing industry as it continues to face challenges such as supply chain disruptions and a shortage of skilled workers. Her experience and leadership will be instrumental in advancing the industry and supporting small businesses across the country.