Gene Veno

Director Governmental Affairs & Public Advocacy
Susquehanna River Basin Commission

Gene G. Veno is a distinguished authority in governmental affairs, public advocacy, and education. Presently, he serves as the Director of Governmental Affairs and Public Advocacy at Susquehanna River Basin Commission.

Educated at West Scranton High School, Gene earned a BS in Business Education from Elizabethtown College and a Master’s in Public Administration from Marywood University. He also received an honorary Doctorate in Law from the National University of Health Sciences.

Gene’s career commenced in 1975 when he was elected chairman of the Lackawanna County Home Rule Government Study Commission. Though narrowly missing out on becoming the Mayor of Scranton in 1981, Gene persevered and later founded Veno & Associates, a governmental policy and lobbying firm.

A hallmark of his career was his appointment as the Chief Recovery Officer for the Harrisburg School District in 2012. Under his stewardship, a recovery plan was unanimously approved, slashing costs by 5% and bolstering the district’s financial stability. This accomplishment earned the district an “A” rating from Standard & Poor’s.

Additionally, Gene was CEO of the American Association of Public Insurance Adjusters and helmed the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress. As an educator, he was a Dean at Lackawanna College and an adjunct business instructor at Lebanon Valley College.

Gene also contributed to the publication of “Safety In The Field For Public Adjusters.” His commendable efforts have been recognized through awards such as the Nevelyn J. Knisley Award for College Educator of the Year and being named Person of the Year by Dynamic Chiropractic in 2005.

In summary, Gene G. Veno’s impressive career has been defined by his leadership, dedication to public service, and significant contributions across governmental affairs, public advocacy, and education.

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