Doug Luciani became Chief Executive Director of TraverseCONNECT in March of 2015. TraverseCONNECT is a new parent enterprise that includes the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce and Venture North Funding & Development, as well as a new entrepreneurial division designed to directly address bottlenecks in the region’s economy. Prior to that, Luciani was President & CEO of the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce, which had served as the parent enterprise, since January 2003. The purpose of TraverseCONNECT is to grow business and build community at a local, regional, and statewide level.
As leader of the professional staff and overall outcomes for all enterprise entities, Doug serves on numerous boards and committees within the region and state. In 2009, he was appointed by Governor Granholm to the Early Child Investment Commission where he also served on its Executive Committee as Treasurer. In 2012, he was appointed by Governor Snyder to the Grow Michigan Corporation Board of Directors, a $60-million public/private venture capital fund established through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. He is also Co-Chair of the Children’s Leadership Council of Michigan, a position he has held for more than six years. In 2016 he was appointed by Governor Snyder to the 21st century Education Commission to provide recommendations to raise the quality of Michigan’s educational system from prenatal through college.
Doug was raised in Hancock in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. He received a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University and a Master’s Degree from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Prior to returning to Michigan, Doug and his wife, Lynne, lived with their daughters, Olivia and Maria, in the Kansas City area. Doug worked for more than 12 years for the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, the last several years as senior vice president of Business Development and Member Services.