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Mr. Craver is an attorney who focuses on corporate, tax, economic development and capital formation public policy. Besides his 12 years of policy tenure, he has served as legislative counsel and worked at a private law practice. Jeff holds a J.D. from the University of Richmond, LL.M. from Washington University in St. Louis, Masters of International Law from the University of Paris and A.B. from Duke University.
Mr. Dressler engages in extensive outreach with state officials in the Midwest, Arkansas and Utah with a focus on implementing various economic development initiatives. He has advocated for state incentives throughout the country, including the successful passage of the largest-ever economic development program in the state of Arkansas. Ryan has a varied background in expansion, strategic growth and early-stage business formation. He holds a B.A. from the Fisher College of Business, Ohio State University.
Mr. Johnson has worked in politics for over 20 years, engaging in campaigns, PACs and political committees. Before InState Partners, he served as the founding director of both the Republican Legislative Committee and the Republican Lieutenant Governor Association. More recently, Alex was Senior Vice President at FP1 Strategies, founded a boutique state affairs firm and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Board for the American Council of Young Political Leaders. Mr. Johnson received his bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Marquette University.
Mr. Motika served as a lead consultant in GLG’s Private Equity & Venture Capital practice before joining the InState Partners team. He spent four years in the New York office working on strategic accounts, product development and content navigation. Prior to GLG, Justin led the service division of a national non-profit and directed the financial and accounting division for the California State University affiliate responsible for campus programs and facilities. He holds a B.S. from San Diego State University.
Senior Vice President
Mr. Scheffel has over 25 years of experience in business and public service. Most recently, he served as the Senate Majority Leader in the Colorado State Senate, representing State Senate District 4 as the second-highest-ranking Republican in the Colorado Senate. A member of the Colorado Senate since 2008, Mr. Scheffel has dedicated his career in public service to championing both small businesses and Colorado’s taxpayers, leading legislative efforts to help small businesses grow and expand as well as provide more transparency for taxpayers in state government. Mark has worked as a practicing business and tax attorney since 1989, starting his own firm, Reid and Scheffel, P.C. in 1993. He has represented individual, corporate and governmental entity clients in tax, business and regulatory matters.
Ms. Stern is a Vice President for InState Partners. She works closely with clients to develop and implement multi-state legislative strategies covering a variety of issues. Before Instate Partners, Rachel has cut her teeth on multiple sectors of public affairs, including non-profits, public and private equity businesses, state government and electoral campaigns. She holds a B.A. from Amherst College and is a graduate of the CORO Fellows Program, an intensive, full-time, graduate-level fellowship in public affairs.
Mr. Toups is an attorney with more than 25 years of experience in helping states implement tax policies which facilitate access to private capital. As a former partner in two leading Gulf Coast law firms, he has experience in all phases of legislative and administrative advocacy on behalf of private equity and business lending. Tony holds a J.D. from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center and a B.A. from Manship School of Journalism, both at Louisiana State University.
Chief Impact Officer
Ms. Moore has over three decades of experience in urban planning, economic development and community revitalization. At Instate Partners, she guides the design of investments and investment strategies to maximize community impact. Prior to joining the team, Sandy was a key advisor to our New Markets Tax Credit Advisory Board, bringing businesses, technologies and jobs to communities that have historically lacked access to investment capital. Ms. Moore holds a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and J.D. from the School of Law.
Chloe Coniaris joined the InState Partners team in 2017. Ms. Coniaris has experience working in multiple sectors of international business, law and government. During law school, Ms. Coniaris served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Leo M. Gordon of the U.S. Court of International Trade. She received her undergraduate degree in International Relations and Art History from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and her law degree from New York Law School.