Jerry Murphy

Executive Director
New North

Jerry Murphy is the Executive Director of New North, an eighteen county regional marketing and economic development organization serving Northeastern Wisconsin. New North is charged with coordinating and implementing a regional development strategy that includes several collaborative work programs focused on: workforce development, business development, regional branding and marketing.

Murphy is the first Executive Director for New North, beginning that position in 2006.
Prior experiences include: organization and management of four organizations start ups (including New North), extensive technical support to small business owners and entrepreneurs, financial and business planning, public-private underwriting for business credit, regional branding, target marketing and industry cluster organization-by-target markets.

This 30 year career path was enabled by opportunities provided by UMOS, Michigan Tech. University, Gogebic Community College, the Gogebic County Economic Development Corporation, Michigan State University-Extension, the Buffalo-Niagara Enterprise and New North.

Murphy completed his BA at the University of Dayton and a MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and Milwaukee.


Cindy Bailey

Regional Associate Dean of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management
University of Wisconsin-Marinette

An alumna of UW-Marinette, Cindy Bailey began working in Student Affairs in 1997, was named Assistant Campus Dean in 2002 and in 2016 was named the Campus Administrator for UW-Marinette and the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management for both the UW-Marinette and UW-Marathon County (Wausau) campuses.

Her background and current responsibilities in Student Affairs cover academic advising, admissions, financial aid, career counseling, veteran’s services, campus housing, international relations and concurrent enrollment. Statewide, Cindy has been active in the reorganization of the UW Colleges, serving on various initiatives from financial aid and work study usage, Instructional Technology, Curriculum and Academic Advising.

Cindy is also involved in many community organizations including the Marinette/Menominee Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Education Committee, chair of the Chamber Mini-Business World and the M&M Area Community Foundation Scholarship Committee. She previously served on the Board of Directors for the Tri-City Area United Way, Red Cross, M&M Area Community Foundation and was the vice-president and member for the School District of Marinette, School Board. She received her bachelor’s degree in Communications from UW-Stevens Point and her master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Marian University.


David Brukardt

Associate Vice President for Economic Development
University of Wisconsin System Office of Economic Development
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

David Brukardt leads the UW System Office of Economic Development, developed in 2012 to connect UW faculty and staff talent with Wisconsin businesses. He serves in a joint appointment with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). In 2013, David was appointed to the Governor’s Council on Workforce Investment.

He has more than 25 years of public affairs experience with global organizations and entrepreneurial start-ups in Wisconsin and in Washington State. Most recently, he served as Executive Vice President of Investor and Corporate Relations for Sterling Financial Corporation in Spokane, Wash.

While in the Pacific Northwest, he was chair of the Association of Washington Business (AWB), the state’s chamber of commerce. He also served three terms on the board of the Spokane International Airport, for which he led business development missions to Japan, South Korea, and China.

Brukardt earned his Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Maryland and his undergraduate degree from Marquette University. He is a graduate from the ABA National Banking School in Fairfield, Conn., is a fourth-generation Wisconsin native, and spent his childhood years in Marinette.


Mary Kluz

Community Resource Development Agent

Mary Kluz has worked in outreach education for more than 15 years, currently as an Outreach Specialist focused on broadband development. Before that she was a Community Resource Development Agent for University of Wisconsin – Cooperative Extension in Marathon County.

Mary’s recent research focus is on how communities take action on complex issues such as broadband development. Her research and teaching background includes leadership development, systems thinking and conflict management. Mary owned and managed her own business prior to her employment with UW-Extension.


Mark Lange

Executive Director
Division for Business and Entrepreneurship, UW-Extension

Mark Lange has been the Executive Director of the Division for Business & Entrepreneurship since 2013. He provides vision and leadership for five program units that collaborate on customer-driven approaches to enhance the value of Wisconsin one business at a time. The five programs areas are Wisconsin Small Business Development Center Network, Center for Technology Commercialization, Food Finance Institute, Center for Business Intelligence and Business Dynamics Research Consortium.

The Division for Business & Entrepreneurship serves aspiring, new and established small businesses by connecting them to resources, information and services that improve performance and increase capabilities for success.

Mark came to UW-Extension after serving 14 years as Executive Director for the Edward Lowe Foundation, a nonprofit organization seeking to accelerate entrepreneurship and its impact on community and economic development. He was responsible for day-to day operations and overseeing the foundation’s national advocacy for second-stage entrepreneurs, economic gardening and the development of Other previous roles include Director, Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Oregon; Co-founder, CVT Productions, a video-production and software-distribution company; and adjunct faculty member in entrepreneurship, Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame.

Lange earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Bachelor of Arts in Sales and Marketing at University of Northern Colorado.


Patrick Robinson

Interim State Program Director
Community, Natural Resource and Economic Development Program, UW-Extension

Patrick Robinson is the interim State Program Director for the Community, Natural Resource and Economic Development Program within the Cooperative Extension Division of University of Wisconsin-Extension. In that role, he provides leadership for Cooperative Extension programming that addresses local, statewide, regional and national needs related to community and economic development.

Prior to his current role, Patrick served for five years as the Co-Director and Environmental Studies Specialist for the Environmental Resources Center, which is a center jointly administered by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Wisconsin-Extension. From 2006 to 2011, he worked on the successful designation and establishment of a National Estuarine Research Reserve on Lake Superior and currently serves as Project Director for the Reserve. In addition, he has worked on habitat restoration in lower Green Bay throughout the past 20 years. During his career, he has worked on highlighting and examining the social and economic implications of natural resource management.

Patrick earned his doctorate degree in Environment and Resources from University of Wisconsin-Madison and has a Master of Science degree from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.  Prior to joining UW-Extension, he was a Division Manager in a private consulting firm and worked for a brief time in state government.