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Ioanna T. Morfessis, Ph.D.

As a business and economic development executive, Dr. Ioanna Morfessis has focused her professional life on helping organizations, companies and communities create and execute successful change and growth strategies. In 2004, she founded IO.INC, a visionary consulting practice that delivers strategies and solutions to help leaders, organizations and places grow.

Previously, Dr. Morfessis founded three best-of-class economic development organizations in the U.S. As the founding President/CEO of the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, she created an enduring private-public partnership in that region, and helped generate more than $5.2 billion of new private economic activity in Greater Baltimore’s ailing economy.

Dr. Morfessis  also was the founding President/CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, where she helped lead the movement to combine 18 organizations into a unified effort, and helped generate more than $15 billion of private capital investment, attract 300 companies and generate 175,000 new direct jobs in the Phoenix region’s economy. As the inaugural Director of Economic Development in Montgomery County, Maryland, she initiated what today is one of the world’s foremost life sciences and biotechnology centers.

Dr. Morfessis served as the Chairman of the International Economic Development Council and is an Honorary Lifetime Member. She is a founding board member of the Helios Education Foundation, and also serves on the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation Board of Directors. She holds a Ph.D. from Arizona State University, a Master’s of Public Administration from George Washington University and a Bachelor’s in Political Science from American University. She resides in Phoenix.