Gwinnett Chamber’s Economic Development department is the fastest growing in the nation, and the largest local economic development staff in the State. The team includes professionals specializing in project management, marketing, research and programs.

Nick Masino

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Senior Vice President, Economic Development & Partnership Gwinnett

(404) 667-6425 cell

(770) 232-8802 office


Nick Masino is the Senior Vice President of Economic Development & Partnership Gwinnett at the Gwinnett Chamber in Duluth, Georgia. Masino has served in this key leadership role for the past six years and oversees the business recruitment and retention efforts for Gwinnett, as well as the implementation of the Partnership Gwinnett Strategy. To create this community-focused economic development (ED) organization, Partnership Gwinnett, Masino worked with public and private leadership to commission ED studies in 2006 and 2011, respectively; and spearheaded the implementation efforts of the initial plan—which brought approximately 250 company expansions or relocations, over 12,000 jobs and more than $800,000,000 in investment to Gwinnett. The second iteration of the plan began in January 2012.

A leading authority on local and state economic development, Masino is regularly sought after for prominent speaking engagements throughout metro Atlanta and Georgia. In addition, he has spoken internationally, in Incheon and Seoul, South Korea and Wuxi, Chongqing and Qingdao, China, representing Georgia on government, economic development and international business subjects. As a result of his extensive expertise in the economic development arena, Masino is a preferred interviewee for regional and local television, radio, newspaper and magazine outlets.

Masino’s economic development career began in February 2007, when he accepted his current role, but he is no stranger to the field. In December 2007, he ended his eighth year as one of Georgia’s youngest Mayors for the City of Suwanee. Prior to this post, Masino spent twelve years in Division, Regional and Territory Management within the recruiting and staffing industry. Before departing the industry, Masino held the position of Professional Services Division Manager for a national staffing agency.

A graduate of The Ohio State University, Masino holds a bachelor’s degree in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication. He and his wife—his high school and college sweetheart, Suzanne—are the parents of three children, Anna, Vincent and Julia.

Key Successes
Major Project Wins: Asbury Automotive (2007); Suniva (2008); NCR (2009); Hisense (2010); RockTenn (2011); Primerica (2011); Mitsubishi Electric Heating and Cooling (2012)

Affiliations*: Chair of Public Policy and Member, Georgia Economic Developer Association (2009; 2007-Present); Co-Founder and Chairman, Innovation Crescent (2008-Present); Member, International Economic Development Council (2010-Present)

*A complete list of affiliations, honors, and awards can be found at:

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Kellie Brownlow

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Senior Director, Economic Development

(404) 374-3130 cell

(678) 584-2265 office


Kellie Brownlow serves as the Senior Director of Economic Development.  Kellie oversees business recruitment and retention efforts across 4 target industries with a specific focus on Corporate Headquarters and Professional Services. Prior to her role in Economic Development, Kellie spent 11 years working for the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC).  Her most recent role with ARC was as the Division Chief of Local Government Services.  In this role, Kellie was responsible for leading a team that provided direct services to cities and counties in the areas of urban planning and management and operations.  This role also involved leading the 2 premiere regional leadership the development programs, the Regional Leadership Institute (RLI) and Leadership Involvement Networking Knowledge (LINK).  Kellie earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Political Science from Rhode Island College and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Georgia.

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Mark Farmer

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Director — Entrepreneurship & Information Services, Economic Development & Partnership Gwinnett

(678) 584-2268 (office)



Mark Farmer is the Director of Entrepreneurship & Information Services for Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett, driving small business and entrepreneurial goals and objectives in the Partnership Gwinnett strategy while providing key information and support necessary to drive targeted-industry small business development initiatives. Prior to his current role, Mark assisted Partnership Gwinnett and the Gwinnett Chamber as Research Manager, providing and tracking essential information to the marketing and growth of Partnership Gwinnett and economic development.

Mark came to the Chamber with 20 years’ business experience, including several as a small business entrepreneur with Words & Pictures, a writing and photography firm he owned and operated. He worked on projects for Emory University’s Public Health magazine, Georgia Tech, and the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games. In addition to starting his own business, Farmer has also held positions with Life University’s public relations and photography departments, MARTA, Hayes Microcomputer Products, Powell Goldstein legal firm and Multimedia, Inc. Farmer holds a B.A. in journalism from the University of South Carolina and a master’s degree in economic development policy from Georgia Tech.

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Karen Buckley Washington

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Karen Buckley Washington

Marketing and Communications Manager, Economic Development & Partnership Gwinnett

  (678) 672-2261 (office)



Karen Buckley Washington serves as the Marketing & Communications Manager for Partnership Gwinnett and Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development. She is responsible for the external marketing and promotion efforts of the Partnership Gwinnett initiative and the Chamber’s Economic Development program.

Karen’s 20 years of professional marketing and public relations experience spanned between both the public and private sectors, including Assistant State Public Affairs Specialist for the Natural Resources Conservation Services of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She also managed a marketing consulting firm, specializing in the creation and implementation of marketing strategies for non profits.

Karen holds a B.S. in public relations from Illinois State University. While completing her M.S. in communication at the University of Illinois at Springfield, she worked for both the Illinois State Legislature and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency in its Graduate Public Service Internship.

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Sasha Ugi

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Technology and Health Sciences & Services Project Manager, Economic Development & Partnership Gwinnett

  (678) 584-2259 (office)



Sasha Ugi serves as the Technology and Health Sciences & Services Project Manager for Partnership Gwinnett and Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development. Sasha supports retention and expansion new and existing technology and health sciences companies. Prior to her current role, Sasha assisted Partnership Gwinnett and the Gwinnett Chamber as the Marketing and Communications Manager, providing marketing and strategy of Partnership Gwinnett and economic development. Previously a Senior Communications Intern for Partnership Gwinnett, Sasha recently graduated from Piedmont College, with a major in Business Administration and concentration in Marketing.

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Haley Tolbert

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haley Tolbert

Program Manager, Economic Development & Partnership Gwinnett

(770) 232-1174 (office)



Haley Tolbert serves as the Economic Development Program Manager. She is responsible for event planning, logistics and marketing for Partnership Gwinnett programs, including Global, Redevelopment, Healthcare, Technology and Manufacturing Forums and the Annual Partnership Gwinnett Summit. Prior to this role, Haley worked as a Marketing Communications Specialist at Movius Interactive Corporation. Haley holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from Georgia College & State University.

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Tashieka Moore

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Tashieka Moore2

  Research Associate, Economic Development & Partnership Gwinnett

  (770) 232-8808 (office)



Tashieka Moore is the Research Associate for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development & Partnership Gwinnett. Tashieka supports the business development efforts of the organization by providing key information and tracking essential metrics on the marketing and growth of the Gwinnett community, Partnership Gwinnett and its economic development activities.

Before joining the Partnership Gwinnett team, Tashieka worked with EuQuant, an urban planning research firm. Prior to that, Tashieka worked with Neighborworks America in Washington, the Georgia House of Representatives, the Metro Atlanta Chamber, and the New York State Assembly. Tashieka received her Master’s degree in City & Regional Planning from Georgia Tech and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Lehigh University.

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