The Northwest Arkansas Council’s staff is pulled in many directions to accomplish the objectives in the organization's three-year plan. While each team member has primary responsibilities, it's normal for several people to be involved in projects. Every employee’s job description includes “other duties as assigned."

Mike Harvey: Mike is chief operating officer and interim president and CEO. His responsibilities include working with educators and business people to improve the region’s workforce. Mike also works closely with the area's chambers of commerce on the region's Employer Retention and Expansion (ERE) program, and he oversees the Council’s work with site selectors who assist companies in evaluating Northwest Arkansas as a place to do business. He ensures that the Council is achieving goals and objectives. Mike may be reached at

Anna Clark: Anna is a project director and she's focused on regional workforce demands and talent acquisition. Anna manages the Finding Northwest Arkansas program, which includes managing the website's content as well as working closely with corporate recruiters to ensure that job candidates gain a full knowledge of Northwest Arkansas. Anna regularly presents regional updates and facilitates discussions with talent acquisition and human resources teams in Northwest Arkansas. She may be reached at

Rob Smith: Rob is the communications and policy director. He collaborates with regional partners on infrastructure-related goals, including those involving water, highways, public transportation, the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission and the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport. He's the primary contact for media outlets interested in communicating with the Northwest Arkansas Council staff. Rob may be reached at

Stacey Sturner: Stacey is a project manager. Her schedule is packed with “other duties as assigned," but her responsibilities include such things as working with cities on expanding the region's wayfinding system, assisting the region's health-care providers who have shown a keen interest in collaboration, and overseeing an internship program that places university students with local companies. Stacey may be reached at

Kathryn Hunt: Kathryn is the office manager. Her responsibilities include monitoring the news of the day, keeping certain financial and membership records, and preparing for upcoming group meetings of our organization's members, partners and guests. Kathryn may be reached at