2018 Policy Institute Speakers

Opening Keynote: Donna Murray Brown, President & CEO  – Michigan Nonprofit Association (confirmed)

Donna Murray-Brown is the President and CEO for Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA). She leads the strategic direction and overall operations of MNA’s body of work. MNA is a statewide membership organization dedicated to serving the diverse nonprofit sector by offering services, resources and systems nonprofits need to improve and strengthen their communities. For her full bio, CLICK HERE!


Legislative Reflection & Forecast Speakers:


Jesse Wright was born in Swaziland and grew up in South Africa. During his high school years, he witnessed the end of Apartheid and South Africa’s transition to democracy. He came to West Virginia Public Broadcasting from The Dominion Post newspaper in Morgantown, where he served as copy desk chief and worked on almost every aspect of the newspaper’s editorial production. For his full bio, CLICK HERE!


Rebecca R. McPhail joined the West Virginia Manufacturers Association as its president in 2013. McPhail previously served at the President of state economic development organization Vision Shared.  Prior to her work at Vision Shared, McPhail was Assistant Vice President of Development at Marshall University. Before returning to West Virginia in 2003, she served as Grant Development and Research Manager and Interim Director of Development for the YMCA of Greater Cleveland in Cleveland, Ohio. For her full bio, CLICK HERE!



Brad McElhinny joined MetroNews as its statewide correspondent. Previously, Brad was co-editor of The Charleston Gazette-Mail. Before that, he was editor and publisher of The Charleston Daily Mail. Brad is a Parkersburg native who spent more than 20 years at the Daily Mail, first as a reporter and writer and then in a succession of leadership roles, including managing editor and city editor.  For his full bio, CLICK HERE!





  • Jennifer Wells, Executive Director of WV Healthy Kids & Families Coalition (invited)


WV Impact Commission Speakers:

  • WV Governor Jim Justice (invited)
  • WV Secretary of State Mac Warner (invited)
  • WV State Auditor J.B. McCuskey (invited)
  • WV State Treasurer John Perdue (invited)
  • WV Speaker Roger Hanshaw (invited)
  • WV House Minority Leader Tim Miley (invited)
  • WV Senate President Mitch Carmichael (invited)
  • WV Senate Minority Leader Roman Prezioso (invited)