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The Midwestern Governors Association (MGA) is a non-profit, bipartisan organization that brings together governors and their staff to address public policy issues of significance to the region. The MGA provides governors with the opportunity to foster regional development and attain greater efficiency in state administration. It coordinates a regional agenda before Congress and the Federal government as well as facilitates the exchange of views and experiences on subjects of importance to the people of Midwestern states.
The region's governors offer innovative and practical approaches and solutions that serve as national modes for addressing some of America's most pressing challenges. With regional concerns and objectives in mind, the MGA focuses its efforts in four main policy areas:
Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the MGA includes the governors of nine Midwestern states. Its efforts are led by the Executive Committee, which consists of the Chair, Vice Chair and Immediate Past Chair of the association. The governors serving in these positions are nominated and elected by their fellow Midwestern governors at the MGA's Winter Meeting each February.
The MGA Staff Advisory Committee (SAC) supports the Executive Committee on behalf of the region's governors. Appointed by their respective governors, committee members include Midwestern chief executives' top policy advisors. The SAC maintains an ongoing interstate dialogue to identify the most pressing issues facing the region and oversees the development of cooperative efforts and joint policy statements.
Visit our governors page to learn more about the current Midwestern governors.
Jesse Heier is the executive director of the MGA and manages the activities of the MGA Staff Advisory Committee. He holds an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree in communications, legal institutions, economics and government from American University and a master's of health science degree from the Johns Hopkins University. Before joining the MGA, he worked in the Maryland governor’s office where he advanced the administration’s agenda on natural resources, energy and smart growth issues. Previously, he worked in the Office of Management Services at the National Governors Association.
Marthaler is the deputy director of the MGA. Emily received bachelor degrees in political science and economics and a master’s degree in political management from The George Washington University. Prior to joining the MGA, Emily worked for the National Association of Attorneys General, the United States Senate and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Emily also served as an intern at the White House, U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Department of Education.