Earl F. Gohl
ARC Federal Co-Chair
Earl F. Gohl was confirmed as the eleventh federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) by the U.S. Senate in March 2010. As federal co-chair, Gohl oversees hundreds of ARC investments in community-based projects contributing to the economic growth of the Region.
Gohl has an extensive background in public policy and community-based economic development. Before coming to ARC, he served as the director of government relations/deputy director for the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration from 2001 to 2009, where he developed community-based solutions to a range of public policy challenges. From 1996 to 2001, Gohl served as a special assistant and then as an associate assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Labor, developing and implementing a broad legislative agenda. He also has 20 years of experience in Pennsylvania state and local government, both as an appointed and as an elected official, including serving as the executive assistant to the mayor of Harrisburg; elected member of the Harrisburg City Council; deputy secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Community Affairs; and director of the Pennsylvania governor's Washington office.
In his Senate confirmation hearing, Gohl stated that his objective as ARC federal co-chair would be to ensure that each federal dollar expended by the Commission was "an investment in the economic future of Appalachian families that will generate a return for American taxpayers."
Gohl holds a bachelor of arts degree from Rider College (now Rider University) in New Jersey and a master of public administration degree from Pennsylvania State University.