Executive Manager

Steven Dowler has been working in the DC area for over 20 years in and around the IT industry. Working for various sized IT contracting companies, in various capacities, Steve gained experience across all aspects of the business. With that experience came willingness and excitement to mentor and assist with the development of young adults. Growing up with a drive to “fix it or build it yourself” mantra given by the older generation, Steven now transfers that knowledge in the same fashion to others.

Here at Second Chance for your Future Career Path, Steven puts forth that excitement and knowledge to assist with the career advancement and ultimately fulfillment to our youth in the trade fields.

Board of Directors

Dan McLaughlin currently works as a public affairs consultant and business strategist. He previously worked as a senior strategist at the Dewey Square Group, Washington. DC. Prior to joining DSG in 2001, McLaughlin was Senior Vice President to International eCommerce industry pioneer From2 Global Solutions, Miami, Fl.

From 1993 to 1999, McLaughlin held key positions at the International Trade Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Serving as the country’s chief trade promotion official,, McLaughlin was responsible for the award winning U.S. Export Assistance Network, the first international trade portal USAExport.gov, and more than 30 successful international trade missions that resulted in $1.4 billion in new export sales. As senior advisor, and industry pioneer on International eCommerce, McLaughlin provided guidance on eCommerce related policy and planning to the Secretary of Commerce. McLaughlin has also served in senior management positions for the City of Boston.

In addition, McLaughlin has consulted and run political and grassroots campaigns at the local, state and national levels.
Dan McLaughlin brings nearly 30 years of expertise developing innovative, result-driven programs for top-level business, governmental and political entities.

McLaughlin holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from the University of Massachusetts in Boston. His post graduate studies include l’Ecole Nationale d’Administration in Paris, France, Harvard Business School MPA and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is proficient in Spanish, French, and Italian languages. He has received several prestigious awards throughout his career for his innovative and effective strategies in business, government, and politics.

McLaughlin lives with his wife and son in Virginia.


Erran Persley was appointed as the Executive Director, International Affairs and Business Development for the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development (KCED) on April 2018. In this role, he designs, develops and implements the state’s strategy for attracting and retaining foreign direct investment (FDI) in Kentucky. Additionally, he provides assistance, support, and guidance to new and existing foreign owned firms and promotes Kentucky in international markets.

Prior to his appointment at KCED, he served as the foreign direct investment advisor/consultant at the U.S. Department of Commerce/SelectUSA analyzing and addressing the challenges and barriers to foreign direct investment in the United States.  In this role, he coordinated the activities of the Federal Interagency Investment Working Group (IIWG), which consist of 32 federal government departments and agencies that are involved in some aspect of foreign direct investment and trade.

Persley began his career as an intern at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s office of International Major Projects during the George Bush Sr. administration in 1990. In 1994, Persley served under Secretary Ronald H. Brown as the international trade specialist in charge of the Japanese Official Development Assistance program at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he assisted American companies in their efforts to bid for projects financed by the Japanese government in developing countries.

In the private sector, Erran worked overseas as an Outreach and Communications Manager for a trade and development project in sub-Saharan Africa for Chemonics International Inc and later served as the company’s senior vice president for the Africa Region, overseeing 26 government funded projects in 19 countries. Additionally, he served as the Executive Administrator to the corporation’s Chief Financial Officer and the Board of Directors where he actively participated in developing the company’s Employee Stock Option Plan (ESOP) and assisted with corporate mergers and acquisitions.

Persley holds dual Master in Business Administration degrees from Georgetown University and the ESADE School of Business in Barcelona, Spain. His undergraduate course work was in Political Science at Howard University.


Kristin Neun has worked for almost 30 years on public policy and legal issues involving multifamily housing, community development and health care facilities.  In 2015, she retired as a principal of Hessel, Aluise and Neun, P.C., a national law firm with a federal affordable housing practice focused on development, regulatory compliance and finance.  Her extensive knowledge of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Housing Services housing and community development programs facilitated her representation of a wide array of clients, including for-profit and not-for-profit real estate owners and developers, national banks, management companies and health care operators, public housing authorities, housing finance agencies and other state and local public agencies and trade associations.  Working closely with federal and local officials on behalf of her clients, Neun played a critical role in closing multimillion dollar multi-tiered public/private financings across the nation.  Before obtaining her Juris Doctor, Neun spent over eight years advocating for the federal housing policy interests of public and private industry participants, first at the Council for Rural Housing and Development (now known as the Council for Affordable and Rural Housing and later at the National Leased Housing Association.

Having long been involved both personally and professionally in issues related to education, Neun is currently pursuing a Master of Education (with a focus on special education) at Marymount University.  She serves on the board of the National Leased Housing Association Education Fund which awards annual scholarships to qualified residents of federally assisted housing. She also volunteers in the local school system with a particular focus on policies impacting students with special needs.

Neun is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association and The District of Columbia Bar. She obtained her Juris Doctor from The American University, Washington College of Law, graduating cum laud and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dickinson College.