Overview

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) was created by the Virginia General Assembly in 1995 to encourage, stimulate, and support development and expansion of the Commonwealth’s economy. To accomplish these objectives, the Partnership focuses on business recruitment, expansion, and international trade. 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.

Ned W. Massee – Chair
Croatan Advisors

The Honorable Brian Ball – Vice Chair
Secretary of Commerce and Trade
Commonwealth of Virginia

Carrie Hileman Chenery
Principal
Valley Pike Partners

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

Stephen A. Edwards
CEO and Executive Director
The Port of Virginia

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.

William "Bill" Hayter
President & CEO
The First Bank & Trust Company

April Kees
Director
Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee

The Honorable Aubrey L. Layne, Jr.
Secretary of Finance
Commonwealth of Virginia

Vincent J. Mastracco
Partner
Kaufman & Canoles PC

Anne Oman
Director
House Appropriations Committee

Dan M. Pleasant
Chief Operating Officer
Dewberry

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

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
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
Executive Director
Roanoke Regional Partnership

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

Jeff Reed
Director of Location Strategies
Evergreen Advisors

Curry Roberts
President
Fredericksburg Regional Alliance

Leonard Sledge
Director, Department of Economic Development
City of Richmond

Christina Winn
Executive Director
Prince William County

Management

Stephen Moret

Stephen Moret

President & CEO

Stephen Moret is President and CEO of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership.

Experience
Before joining VEDP in January 2017, Moret served as chief executive of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber and Louisiana Dept. of Economic Development, as well as the LSU Foundation and its real-estate development arm. 

At VEDP, he has collaborated with state, regional, and local partners to craft an ambitious vision focused on transformational goals, including accelerating employment growth; enabling every region to grow; and moving back to the top of national business climate rankings. He led Virginia’s successful state-and-local team bid for Amazon’s HQ2 and is launching a world-class, custom workforce program along with the Virginia Community College System.

For seven years, Moret served as secretary of LED, transforming it into one of America’s top state economic development agencies. While there, he led business development efforts and built higher ed partnerships that helped secure a variety of projects in urban and rural areas, including software/IT centers (e.g., CGI, CSC, GE, IBM), food/agricultural processing facilities, and a few of the largest FDI projects in U.S. history. Collectively these projects totaled more than $62 billion in capital investment. He also established LED FastStart, which The Economist called “probably the most notable statewide workforce-development initiative [in America].” During his tenure, Louisiana rose to its highest-ever position in every national business climate ranking.

Prior to LED, Moret was CEO of BRAC, which he and his team transformed into a nationally competitive, regional EDO. He also served as a consultant with McKinsey & Company; a public policy fellow with the Public Affairs Research Council of La.; and a consultant to Harvard Business School.

Education
B.S., Mechanical Engineering – LSU
MBA – Harvard Business School
Ed.D., Higher Education Management – University of Pennsylvania

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Jason El Koubi

Jason El Koubi

Executive Vice President & Interim Vice President of Economic Competitiveness

Jason El Koubi serves as VEDP’s Executive Vice President and Interim Vice President of Economic Competitiveness, leading the organization’s strategy and operations in collaboration with the President and CEO and directly overseeing activities related to economic competitiveness, international trade, incentives, research, IT, fiscal operations, and human resources.

Experience
Before joining VEDP in July 2017, 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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Sharon Grant

Sharon Grant

Vice President, Human Resources

Sharon R. Grant serves as VEDP’s Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Diversity Officer, leading the organization’s people strategy, human resources operations, and the diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy.

Experience
Before joining VEDP in March 2021, Sharon Grant was the Director of Organizational Development at the City of Atlanta, the ninth largest municipality in the U.S. with over 8,200 full-time employees.  Under her leadership, a brand-new organizational development department was launched to provide talent management, workforce planning strategies, performance management plans, organizational development, employee engagement, professional development, leadership development, and internal consultancy.  Previously, Grant spent 10 years at Cisco Systems, a Fortune 100 company and global leader in technology.  During her tenure she held several leadership roles in HR and in Business Operations providing talent management, change leadership, acquisition integrations, disaster recovery, technical support, and supply chain management.

Education
B.S., Business Administration – University of Massachusetts at Boston
MBA – University of Georgia

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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

Interim Vice President, Incentives

Jordan Snelling serves as VEDP’s Interim 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.

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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Managing Director of Customized Training Services

The Managing Director of Customized Training Services will become a key member of the Virginia Talent Accelerator Program’s leadership team as we continue a major program expansion. The primary duties involve recruiting, developing, and managing a team of talented instructional designers and facilitators who will support leading client companies as they expand their existing Virginia presence or establish a new location here.

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Associate Manager

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) is seeking an Associate Manager in the External Affairs Division to assist with legislative, policy development and VEDP initiative-driven projects. The Manager will assist with the bill tracking process; provide a daily calendar during the General Assembly session of upcoming legislation; assist in developing slides and presentations for legislative and partner presentations; and monitor meetings with the General Assembly. Additional duties include conducting research and analysis; drafting presentations, talking points, and collateral materials; and assisting with planning and execution of familiarization tours and meetings. This position will serve as the key point of contact for relationships with regional and local economic development organizations, as well as other core partners, fielding requests, handling events, and managing relationships.

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SQL Server DBA / Developer

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) is seeking an experienced SQL Server DBA / Developer in its Information Technology Division. The primary responsibilities of this position include the design, development, implementation, integrity and support of the enterprise database architecture and programs with some project management.

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Business Manager

Virginia Economic Development Partnership is seeking an experienced economic development professional to successfully promote Virginia to targeted corporate executives and consultants as the preferred location for new and expanding business facilities. The Business Manager will support the development and implementation of VEDP’s lead generation strategy and work alongside a team to successfully generate results that meet the Business Investment Division’s performance metrics. This position will support VEDP’s lead generation programs by conducting targeted marketing outreach to prospective companies, site selection consultants, commercial real estate brokers and other audiences. The Business Manager will work with interested company executives, along with other state, local and regional economic developers to successfully locate new and expanding business operations to Virginia.

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