MAUREEN KRAUSS

Managing Director, Detroit Office

Maureen Donohue Krauss serves as the CEO of Donohue Krauss, working with communities on activating their strategic plans in the areas of international and domestic business development, community development, and talent attraction. Many communities have studies that give them important data to base their economic development programs, but are lacking the boots on the ground direction that will

lead to success. Krauss has been joined by several partners to assist communities in achieving their economic development goals.

She served as the first Chief Economic Development Officer at the Indy Chamber, where she oversaw the Indy Partnership, a regional economic development program of the City of Indianapolis and 9 surrounding counties.  Krauss provided leadership through the Indy Partnership on programs and initiatives encouraging innovation and helping enhance business growth and acceleration. Specifically, these programs focus on attracting and retaining a talented workforce; helping mid-sized companies connect with new customers at home and abroad; international business attraction; and creating vibrant and inviting places where people want to live and work. She coordinated the development of platforms for marketing the region and led the region’s Top 20 Amazon HQ2 proposal. 

Prior to joining the Indy Chamber, Krauss served as Vice President of Economic Development and Business Attraction at the Detroit Regional Chamber. She was responsible for strategy, operations and projects of the Chamber’s Business Attraction program, a key part of the Chamber’s economic development program portfolio. She collaborated with local partners in 11 counties in the Detroit Region, as well as the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, on trade missions for both Governor Granholm and Governor Snyder. Krauss joined the Chamber in December 2011 after working in a similar capacity for Oakland County, Michigan for 13 years. She served as the Oakland County Director for the Department of Economic Development and Community Affairs following her promotion to that position in 2009. While at Oakland County, Krauss coordinated and participated in over 50 international trade missions in Europe and Asia. In 2003, Krauss served as the President of the Michigan Economic Developers Association, along with serving three terms on the MEDA board. She has been awarded the top two economic development awards in Michigan and Arizona.

Krauss has most recently been an active Board member of the International Center and the Matchbook Learning Charter School in Indianapolis. Previously, she has been engaged in numerous international business and education Boards. Krauss has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Albion College and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the University of Michigan.

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