Nathan Ohle to head the International Economic Development Council

WASHINGTON — A Michigan State University graduate is the new head of an international organization with more than 5,000 members worldwide.

Nathan Ohle, a holder of two bachelor’s degrees from MSU and an internationally renowned economic development expert, assumed his new role as president and CEO of the International Council for Economic Development on Monday, according to a press release from the organization.

“Lansing and East Lansing have been my home for over a decade,” Ohle said in a written statement. “My two children were born at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing and I met my wife in Michigan. I’m still a die-hard MSU fan and worked in downtown Lansing for nine years, at Governor Granholm’s office, MEDC and the Michigan Fitness Foundation.

The International Council for Economic Development is a non-profit organizationnonpartisan organization serving economic developers who promote the economic well-being and quality of life of their communities, according to its website.

Ohle was chosen unanimously by the council’s board of directors late last year after launching a nationwide search in June. He was chosen from a diverse field of more than 100 candidates and took over from former CEO Jeffrey Finkle, according to the press release.

“Nathan joins us as our industry innovates to support economic recovery and equity for all in economic development policies and practices,” Finkle said. “With Nathan at the helm, IEDC will continue to play a central role in achieving these goals.”

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Ohle has been a leader in economic development for more than a decade at the federal and state levels, serving as a senior adviser to the US Economic Development Administration and working for Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm.

In 2017 he was selected as one of 40 Under 40 Rising Stars in Economic Development internationally.

Prior to moving to Washington, DC, Nathan worked in the nonprofit sector and as a board liaison for the Michigan Economic Development Corp.

Nathan Ohle, former senior adviser to the Obama Economic Development Administration, speaks during a community town hall hosted by Indivisible Michigan District 8 held Tuesday at the Crystal Gardens Banquet Center in Genoa Township in this file photo from the Livingston Daily.

His most recent position was CEO of the Rural Community Assistance Partnershipa national network of nonprofit partners with more than 300 technical assistance providers across the country that strives to improve the quality of life in rural America from the tap, according to its website .

While leading the Rural Community Assistance Partnership, Ohle nearly tripled the organization’s budget and team, expanding work in economic development, access to clean water and sanitary sewage, recovery disaster recovery and capacity building for rural and tribal communities across the country.

He led operations and strategic planning, serving more than 3.4 million rural and tribal residents in 2020, according to the press release.

Ohle resides in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and two children.

“I am honored and thrilled to serve as President and CEO of this exceptional association dedicated to providing leadership and excellence in economic development,” said Ohle. “The responsibility to lead IEDC is humbling, but I am confident that in partnership with the team, the Board and the members of IEDC, we will continue to create equitable economic opportunities in communities of all sizes.”

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