Acting Division Chief for System Learning and Management
Tricia Kerney-Willis serves as Acting Division Chief for System Learning and Management at the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology of the U.S. Department of Commerce. As Division Chief, she is responsible for the management of a group of Regional Managers who provide regional oversight of 51 MEP Centers located in 50 states and Puerto Rico. The MEP National Network is designed to help U.S. manufacturers improve global competitiveness, strengthen supply chain integration and adapt new technologies. She is currently on leave from the U.S. Department of the Treasury where she serves as Senior Advisor at the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund, and previously served as Manager of the Office of Training and Outreach.
From 2013-2015, Ms. Kerney-Willis served as Deputy Director for the White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) – a federal interagency pilot initiative designed to strengthen and enhance cities and regions by improving the capacity of city governments to develop and execute economic development plans in partnership with more than 19 federal agencies and other public, private and philanthropic affinity partners.
Ms. Kerney-Willis also has international experience working with cities that includes transatlantic urban and regional policy and economic development. In Germany, she served as a core participant in the German Marshall Fund of United States, Cities in Transition initiative - a four-year program designed to foster transatlantic leadership development, translation of economic development models and best practices among policymakers and practitioners. She examined disinvestment and the economic restructuring of older, industrial cities in the United States and Europe. Ms. Kerney-Willis was recently offered a Senior Transatlantic Fellowship in the Urban and Regional Policy Program at the German Marshall Fund of the United States to focus on transatlantic economic development to include: international trade, foreign direct investment and global competitiveness in the United States and Europe.
Prior to her public service, Ms. Kerney-Willis served as a Vice President in the Consumer Real Estate division at Bank of America Corporation in Washington, D.C. and Maryland where she focused on Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) lending, earning multiple Chairman’s awards. She also served as an Assistant Vice President and Relationship Client Manager in the Community Development Banking division.
She began her career in banking at Baltimore Community Lending, where she managed the Commercial and Multifamily Real Estate Lending division, and led a team that managed a multi-million dollar loan portfolio that provided small, minority, and women-owned real estate developers and investors with financing for the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of vacant and abandoned properties in Baltimore City.
Ms. Kerney-Willis is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, a Master of Science in Public Affairs, and a Master of Urban Planning from the University's School of Architecture and Planning.