Overview

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) is the state economic development authority for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Created in 1995, VEDP collaborates with local, regional, and state partners to encourage the expansion and diversification of Virginia’s economy. VEDP works to accomplish these objectives through a variety of activities, including marketing and lead generation; business retention, expansion, and attraction; trade development; business intelligence; competitive benchmarking; site development; performance-based incentives; and talent solutions. VEDP has offices in Virginia, Germany, Japan, and South Korea.

By statute, VEDP creates economic opportunity for the Commonwealth through eight core categories of responsibility:

  • Ensure that effective marketing programs are delivered
  • Engage in business development activities
  • Engage in product development activities
  • Encourage coordination of economic development organizations
  • Encourage exports of Virginia’s products and services
  • Assist in formulating Virginia’s economic development strategies
  • Administer economic development incentive programs
  • Fulfill administrative and reporting responsibilities

With dedicated and knowledgeable professionals committed to Virginia’s economic success, VEDP helps businesses find the resources they need to make relocation and expansion successful endeavors.

Board of Directors

VEDP is governed by a 17-member Board of Directors. The Board selects the President and Chief Executive Officer and ensures that VEDP complies with all Board and statutory directives. The Board works with VEDP’s staff to develop, implement, and update strategic and marketing plans for the Commonwealth and an operational plan for VEDP.

Dan M. Pleasant - Chair
Chief Operating Officer
Dewberry

The Honorable Caren Merrick - Vice Chair
Secretary of Commerce and Trade
Commonwealth of Virginia, Ex Officio Member

Nancy Howell Agee
President and CEO, Carilion Clinic and GO Virginia Chair
Ex Officio Member

Carrie Hileman Chenery
Principal
Valley Pike Partners

C. Daniel Clemente
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Clemente Development Company Inc.

The Honorable Stephen E. Cummings
Secretary of Finance
Commonwealth of Virginia, Ex Officio Member

Stephen A. Edwards
CEO and Executive Director, The Port of Virginia
Ex Officio Member

Greg B. Fairchild
Associate Dean for Washington, D.C. Area Initiatives
University of Virginia, Darden School of Business

Deborah K. Flippo
Economic Development Program Manager
Draper Aden Associates, Inc.

Richard “Rick” O. Harrell, III
President (retired)
R.O. Harrell, Inc.

April Kees
Director
Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee

Ned W. Massee
Croatan Advisors

Vincent J. Mastracco
Partner
Kaufman & Canoles PC

Anne Oman
Director
House Appropriations Committee

Marianne Radcliff
President
Kemper Consulting, Inc.

Xavier R. Richardson
Executive Vice President, Corporate Development & Community Benefit, Mary Washington Healthcare
President, Mary Washington Hospital & Stafford Hospital Foundations

Steven David Stone
Equity Principal
Offit Kurman

Advisory Committees

Advisory Committee on International Trade

The primary purposes of the International Trade Committee are to advise the Board on all matters relating to international trade and trade promotion; and, make such recommendations to the Board as the Committee may deem desirable. 

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Bob Feeser
President
Riverwind Advisors, LLC

Tag Greason
Chief Hyperscale Officer
QTS Data Centers

Nick Jiannas
Vice President for Sales and Marketing
STIHL

Mike Ligon - Chair
Retired Vice President of Corporate Affairs
Universal Corporation

Stuart Malawer
Distinguished Service Professor of Law & International Trade
George Mason University

Ned Massee
Croatan Advisors

John Milliken
Chairman
Virginia Port Authority

The Honorable Bettina Ring
Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry
Commonwealth of Virginia

David White
Executive Vice President
Virginia Maritime Association

James Xu
CEO
AVAIL Vapor

Advisory Committee on Business Development and Marketing

The primary purpose of the Advisory Committee on Business Development and Marketing Committee is to advise the Board on all matters relating to business development and marketing and make recommendations upon request of the Board.

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Carrie Chenery
Principal
Valley Pike Partners

Beth Doughty - Chair

Greg Hitchin
Director, Economic Development and Tourism
City of Waynesboro

John Kilgore
Executive Director
Scott County Economic Development

Amy Parkhurst
Senior Vice President of Business Development
Hampton Roads Alliance

Paige Read
Director of Tourism and Economic Development
Town of Culpeper

Curry Roberts
President
Fredericksburg Regional Alliance

Matthew Rowe
Director of Economic Development
Pittsylvania County

Leonard Sledge
Director, Department of Economic Development
City of Richmond

Christina Winn
Executive Director
Prince William County

Management

Jason El Koubi

Jason El Koubi

Interim President and CEO

Jason El Koubi is Interim President and CEO of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership.

Experience
Before joining VEDP in July 2017 as Executive Vice President, El Koubi was previously President and CEO of One Acadiana, a regional economic development organization based in Lafayette, Louisiana. Under his leadership, the organization developed and successfully launched one of the most successful capital campaigns of its kind in the nation to deliver a new economic development program for the nine-parish region. Previously, El Koubi served as Assistant Secretary of Louisiana Economic Development, where he led initiatives that helped secure projects creating more than 63,000 new jobs along with more than $28 billion in new capital investment, while dramatically improving Louisiana’s position in virtually every state business climate ranking.

Education
B.S., Biological Engineering – Louisiana State University
M.S., Public Policy – London School of Economics

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Stephanie Agee

Stephanie Agee

Vice President, International Trade

Stephanie Agee serves as Vice President of International Trade, providing leadership and oversight of programs designed to support Virginia companies in growing their international sales.

Experience
Before joining VEDP in January 2020, Agee led marketing and development activities at the Virginia Department of Agriculture, developing and implementing innovative domestic and international marketing programs designed to enhance the profitability of Virginia agribusinesses. She was also responsible for implementing economic development strategies aimed at expanding Virginia’s agriculture and forestry industries.

Previously Agee served in multiple positions in VEDP’s International Trade Division, including manager of the award-wining Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) Program, International Trade Manager for the Central Virginia region, and Global Research Manager. In all of these positions Agee worked with Virginia companies to develop and implement international sales strategies, identify and access target export markets, and provide counsel on specific international business issues. Agee also worked for the U.S. Government Accountability Office where she analyzed international trade and security assistance programs.

Education
B.A., International Studies, Political Science - Virginia Tech
MPP, Public/Private Sector Partnerships - University of Maryland, College Park

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Vince Barnett

Vince Barnett

Vice President, Business Investment

Vince Barnett serves as Vice President of Business Investment, where he directs VEDP’s lead generation, business retention and expansion, and Governor-led trade mission strategies to targeted industry executives and site-selection consultants. 

Experience
Barnett previously served as VEDP’s Vice President of Communications and Promotions, where he led the marketing program. Before joining VEDP in 2001, Barnett served as Marketing Manager for HHHunt Corporation in Glen Allen, Virginia, where he was responsible for marketing efforts at Hunting Hawk Golf Club. Barnett served more than seven years in the United States Air Force and the Virginia Air National Guard, with assignments at Ramstein Air Base in Germany and Incirlik Air Base in Turkey.

Education
B.S., Mass Communications and Advertising – Virginia Commonwealth University

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David Devan

David Devan

Vice President, Economic Competitiveness

David Devan serves as VEDP’s Vice President of Economic Competitiveness, responsible for developing and implementing medium-to-long-term strategies to improve the foundations for state, regional, and local economic growth.

Experience
Prior to VEDP, Devan worked as an investment banker, advising corporations and private equity firms on mergers and acquisitions. Prior to investment banking, he served for seven years as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps, including tours to Afghanistan and the Republic of Korea.

Education
B.S., Oceanography – United States Naval Academy
MBA – University of Virginia Darden School of Business

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Bob Grenell

Bob Grenell

Controller

As the Controller, Bob Grenell's primary responsibilities include accounting operations, financial reporting, annual audit coordination, and internal controls.

Experience
Before joining VEDP in March 2008, Bob was a Finance Investment Manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) managing investment balances for several PwC offices, as well as providing staff training and other special projects related to the merger between Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand.  Prior to that, Bob was a Finance Manager with Coopers & Lybrand (C&L), serving numerous clients in various industries and managing the internal finance functions for five C&L offices.

Education
B.S., Accounting – King’s College

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Mike Grundmann

Mike Grundmann

Senior Vice President, Talent Solutions

Mike Grundmann serves as Senior Vice President of VEDP’s Talent Solutions where he is responsible for the Virginia Talent Accelerator Program, the Virginia Jobs Investment Program, and Strategic Talent Initiatives.

Experience
Before joining VEDP in April 2019, Grundmann served as the Director of Manufacturing for the Georgia Department of Economic Development. Prior to GDEcD, Mike worked in executive education for Georgia Tech, and served in a variety of positions spanning a 20-year career at Georgia Quick Start, including Director of Marketing and Director of Operations. In the operations role, Mike led a team of project managers and instructional designers responsible for analyzing processes, assessing skill requirements, and designing highly customized training programs for major manufacturing and distribution operations.

Education
B.S., Business Administration/Marketing and Advertising – Indiana University
M.S., Information Systems Management – Keller Graduate School of Management

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Sandi McNinch

Sandra Jones McNinch

General Counsel

As General Counsel, Sandra Jones McNinch oversees all of VEDP’s legal functions.

Experience
Before joining VEDP, McNinch was a public finance lawyer at a large law firm representing localities, issuers, borrowers, investment bankers, credit providers, and trustees in financings for public and private facilities and infrastructure. She also represented localities and developers in negotiating and implementing public-private partnerships and economic development incentive packages.

Education
B.A., Criminal Justice – Michigan State University
J.D. – The College of William and Mary

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John Mehfoud

John Mehfoud

Chief Information Officer

As CIO, John Mehfoud directs VEDP’s strategic planning and information security technology.

Experience
Mehfoud was previously a software engineer for a consulting firm in Richmond, Virginia. He specialized in accounting systems, network architecture, and large-scale database design. His assignments included major companies and organizations at the federal and state level.

Education
BBA., Computer Information Systems – James Madison University

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Lori Melancon

Lori Melancon

Vice President, Marketing & Communications

Lori Melancon serves as VEDP’s Vice President of Marketing & Communications, responsible for marketing the Commonwealth for business, including the VEDP and Virginia brands, websites, event and trade show marketing, and external communications.

Experience
Before joining VEDP in April 2017, Melancon led economic development marketing efforts at Louisiana Economic Development and the Baton Rouge Area Chamber. During her tenure at LED, she modernized the Louisiana brand for business, managed all components of the organization’s marketing and communications program, and created innovative tools for regional and local partners. Lori has also worked for two advertising agencies, managing relationships with economic development and private-sector clients. 

Education
BGS., English, History, and Political Science – Louisiana State University
M.S., Occupational Technology – The University of Houston

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Nathalie Molliet-Ribet

Nathalie Molliet-Ribet

Vice President, Research

Nathalie Molliet-Ribet leads VEDP’s Research team, providing companies and economic development stakeholders with customized, insightful analysis and data visualizations that convey Virginia’s full value proposition as the best state for business.

Experience

Nathalie was most recently Virginia’s Deputy Secretary of Education, promoting Governor McAuliffe’s priorities in higher education and workforce training. Previously, she served as the Senior Associate Director of the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC), the General Assembly's public policy research agency. During her 13-year career at JLARC, Nathalie oversaw and conducted more than 20 studies that prompted sweeping legislative reform in areas including economic development, incentives, workforce development, health care, and human services. Before entering state service, Nathalie held a variety of leadership positions in finance with General Electric.

Education
B.S., Finance – Virginia Tech
B.A., International Studies – Virginia Tech
MPP – Georgetown University

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Christy Morton

Christy T. Morton

Vice President, External Affairs

Christy Morton serves as VEDP’s Vice President of External Affairs, responsible for managing VEDP’s relationships with the General Assembly, the Administration, and Virginia’s congressional delegation. She also leads VEDP’s external relationships with local and regional economic development organizations, trade associations, and other key stakeholders and partners to increase VEDP’s collaboration across the Commonwealth.

Experience
Morton previously served for four years as Executive Director of the Virginia Rural Center, where she brought together local and state government officials to develop solutions for challenges facing rural communities. She worked closely with legislators, the Administration, telecommunications firms, CIT, and other groups to improve broadband access in rural areas, as well as led initiatives to highlight innovative opportunities for economic development in rural Virginia.

Morton once served as Deputy Director of External Affairs and Policy Development for Governor Bob McDonnell, building coalitions and managing stakeholder relations for the Governor’s initiatives and legislative agenda as well as for all cabinet offices. Before joining the Administration, she worked in communications and public relations for Virginia Natural Gas in Norfolk, Virginia, and in government affairs and public relations with Davis Consultants in Richmond.

Education
B.A., Political Science – Christopher Newport University

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Jordan Snelling

Jordan Snelling

Vice President, Incentives

Jordan Snelling serves as VEDP’s Vice President of Incentives, responsible reviewing, vetting, tracking, and  coordinating all incentives administered by VEDP, as well as incentives strategy and structuring for major projects.

Experience
Prior to joining VEDP, Snelling worked at the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), where she oversaw the GO Virginia, Enterprise Zone, and Industrial Revitalization Fund (IRF) programs at various points in her tenure. Prior to her time with DHCD, Jordan served as the BRE Manager for the City of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where she managed the City’s discretionary and tax incentive programs. Jordan was most recently a Business Manager in VEDP’s Business Investment Division, focusing on life science manufacturing and unmanned systems. 

Education
B.A., Political Science – University of Richmond
MURP – Virginia Commonwealth University

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Tim Stuller

Tim Stuller

Vice President, Talent Solutions

Tim Stuller serves as VEDP’s Vice President of Talent Solutions, helping new and expanding businesses access talent and training and overseeing the Virginia Jobs Investment Program, a key workforce incentive supporting economic development.

Experience
Stuller joined VEDP in 2011 and previously served as a Business Development Manager focused on new and expanding businesses, with emphasis on the biosciences sector. He represents VEDP on several statewide boards and task teams for business and workforce.

Before VEDP, Stuller worked for IBM Corporation in marketing and business development leadership in regional and national markets with commercial and public-sector clients.

Education
B.S., Business and Economics – Randolph-Macon College

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Melissa Cox

Melissa Cox

Human Resources Director

Melissa Cox serves as VEDP’s Human Resources Director, responsible for talent acquisition and retention, performance management, total rewards, and human capital risk management.

Experience
Before joining VEDP in May 1998, Cox served as a long-term substitute teacher with Henrico County Public Schools. Cox also spent five years with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services as an Office Services Specialist in the Office of Product and Industry Standards.

Education
B.S., Psychology – Virginia Commonwealth University
M.T., Elementary Education – Virginia Commonwealth University

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Employment

For two decades, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership has served as Virginia’s economic development authority. Like the Commonwealth it serves, VEDP has long been regarded as among the best in the country because of its stable leadership and nimble, creative, mission-focused operations. It is a nonpartisan, quasi-independent state authority governed by a board of directors that spans gubernatorial administrations. VEDP is a certified Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Program employer with ongoing plans to recruit, hire, and retain veterans. 

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President & CEO

VEDP is seeking to hire a President & CEO, the organization’s top executive position. The CEO serves at the pleasure of the Board of Directors. The position requires strong management experience, exceptional leadership ability, and a successful track record of leading organizations to success through strategic planning, market analysis, and effective communication strategies across multiple stakeholders. Candidates for this position will be screened and evaluated by Jorgenson Consulting (www.jci-inc.net), the search firm retained by the VEDP Board of Directors. For consideration, please submit a letter of interest and résumé to Jorgenson Consulting, Inc. at VEDP [at] jci-inc.net.

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Managing Director

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership is seeking an experienced economic development professional to provide leadership, project management, and support for the development and implementation of a comprehensive lead generation strategy that successfully generates results to meet VEDP’s performance metrics. As part of VEDP’s Business Investment division, the Managing Director will work with prospective corporate executives and local and regional economic developers to successfully locate new business operations to Virginia. The Managing Director will support the development and implementation of VEDP’s domestic and global lead generation strategy.

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Data Analyst, Virginia Office of Education Economics

The Virginia Office of Education Economics (VOEE) housed within the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) is seeking a Data Analyst to support a portfolio of ongoing work that includes the development and analysis of data sets to examine Labor Supply/Demand, Career Pathways, Skills and other areas of interest in education and workforce. Recently created through legislation, VOEE is tasked with providing a unified, consistent source of data and analysis on talent and education and labor market alignment. VOEE’s work will inform policy and practice changes and lead to innovation throughout the Commonwealth to improve outcomes for students, workers and industry. This position is an opportunity to join this new team at VEDP and help build this first in the nation office.

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Proposal and Strategy Manager

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) is seeking a creative and solutions-oriented proposal management professional to lead its Client Communications team. The position will manage a team of two proposal coordinators responsible for developing customized, client-responsive proposals and other documents that effectively convey Virginia’s competitive advantages to site selection consultants and major companies interested in relocating or expanding their operations. The team supports pursuit management throughout the entire business development lifecycle from win strategy to upstream client outreach to proposal response. It is a highly collaborative position requiring the coordination of inputs from internal teams and subject-matter experts, as well as state, regional, and local partners.

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