Michael N. Romita, a dynamic business leader with extensive public policy expertise, was named the President & CEO of the Westchester County Association on March 1, 2020. Romita was a former executive with Castle Oil, a partner at National Public Policy Firm, and a former U.S. Department of Justice litigator.
Romita holds a BS from Tufts University; Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School, and Master of Laws from The London School of Economics. Besides his work at Castle Oil and the Department of Justice, he has published numerous articles on business and energy policy. Romita has served on the Boards of many charitable and civic organizations, including the Westchester County Parks, Recreation, and Conservation Board and MINT, a mental health foundation. In addition, he recently co-chaired the County Executive’s Transition Committee on Economic Development.
Amy is Vice President of the Westchester County Association (WCA), where her main focus is on areas that are critical to the economic viability of the region such as health care, workforce development and public policy advocacy. She also serves as the Executive Director of the WCA Workforce Academy, which focuses on training the area workforce in the skills for the jobs of today.
Under Amy’s leadership, the WCA was awarded the project management role of a $9.8 million dollar federal USDOL grant, administered by Westchester County’s Workforce Development Board, which is designed to fill key positions in the healthcare and life sciences sector throughout the Hudson Valley.
Amy holds an MBA degree in International Business from American University in Washington D.C. and a BA in Spanish from the University of New Hampshire and University of Valencia, Spain.
Jason has more than 20 years of workforce development experience working for CUNY, SUNY, The WorkPlace and WCA on federal, state and foundation grant projects that have benefited more than 25,000 job seekers. He managed a nearly $10 million federal grant that trained 450 individuals to fill hundreds of open positions with healthcare employers in the Hudson Valley. Previously, he has served on the New Castle Town Council and Child Care Council of Westchester and NYSACRA Boards. Currently, he is on the Harry Chapin Foundation Board.
Cathy Bligh joined the WCA team in 2017 as Bookkeeper and Finance Manager. Cathy is responsible for managing the day to day finances of the WCA, as well as providing support for the major initiatives.
Previously, Cathy spent 20 years working with Rally for the Cure, a cause marketing program sponsored by Conde Nast Publications. Rally for the Cure is a grassroots program raising funds and awareness through Golf & Fitness events, benefiting Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. There she functioned as the Operations and Accounting Manager.
Cathy holds a BS in Chemistry from The State University of New York at Oswego.
Julia is the Managing Director of Operations and Events. Julia has been with the organization for over 10 years and has been responsible for strategic planning, member/investor relations, day-to-day operations and overseeing all events and programming. Under Julia’s leadership, the WCA’s Smart Growth initiatives were launched, including Gigabit Westchester and the Real Estate and Housing Task Force. Prior to working at the WCA, Julia worked extensively in the hospitality industry in Westchester and New York City.
Julia is also a board member for Volunteer New York!, the region’s largest volunteer matchmaking organization. Julia became a board member after completing Leadership Westchester, an intensive 9-month leadership program.
Julia holds a BS in Hospitality Management from New York University and earned a professionals MBA certificate from Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business.