CCEDC Adds Two New Staff Members
The Chester County Economic Development Council is starting off the new year by adding two members to its team.
James Logan joins CCEDC as the Senior Manager, Business and Community Development. Primarily working on the Economic Development Partnership Initiative (EDPI), his duties include building on existing county-wide initiatives that focus on growth, business development and retention throughout the region. He will also support the ongoing Chester County-China initiative.
“We are excited to add James to the CCEDC team,” said CCEDC’s Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President Mike Grigalonis. “His diverse set of skills and experience will be invaluable as we collaborate with the Chester County Commissioners to implement initiatives like EDPI, the Chester County China Initiative, and VISTA 2025.”
James brings more than seventeen years of workforce development, strategic planning, project management, corporate training, marketing, and youth development in both private and public sectors to his current position. He has held executive and management positions with, the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board, Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center, United Way of Chester County, the Chester County Chamber Foundation, Comcast, and the E.W. Scripps Company.
Recently, he served as the Director of the Financial Services Talent Network, and Vice President of the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ). In addition, his experience crosses multiple industry clusters including: healthcare, manufacturing, biotechnology, retail-hospitality, and IT. A native Californian and Raiders fan, Logan believes that Chester County enjoys a “quality of place” that is second to none.
Known for his contributions in the private and non-profit sectors, James is a recipient of the San Francisco Foundation-Koshland Award given for outstanding community leadership. James also serves on the Executive Board of SPARC, a non-profit organization serving individuals on the autistic spectrum living in Chester County. James attended St. Martin’s University where he pursued a degree in Computer Science and Psychology.
Sherry Cockerham serves as Project Coordinator for AgConnect and the Smart Energy Initiative at CCEDC. Previously, Sherry worked for the Phoenixville Area School District as an elementary aide as well as administrative positions at Siemens Medical Solutions, USA and CSG Health Services Organization.
Sherry served two years as the secretary then president on the Home and School Association board at Barkley Elementary in the Phoenixville Area School District. She also enjoyed years of active volunteerism in her children’s schools.
Grigalonis stated, “We are excited to have Sherry on board. She’ll be a great complement to our team. Her background includes both corporate and educational settings – an ideal combination for the many youth and training programs we administer through our Industry Partnerships.”
Sherry earned a degree in Office Administration from Delaware County Community College. She also has attended Immaculata University, taking coursework in Organizational Dynamics within the College of Lifelong Learning. A Phoenixville resident and mother, Sherry continues to volunteer her time along with her sons who are active members of the Boy Scouts of America.