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.

The Honorable Brian Ball – Vice Chair
Secretary of Commerce and Trade
Commonwealth of Virginia, Ex Officio Member

Carrie Hileman Chenery
Principal
Valley Pike Partners

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

Heather Engel
Founder and Managing Partner
Strategic Cyber Partners

Greg B. Fairchild
Isidore Horween Research Associate Professor of Business Administration Associate Dean for Washington, D.C., Area Initiatives and Academic Director of Public Policy and Entrepreneurship
University of Virginia, Darden School of Business

Thomas "Tom" Farrell, II
Chairman
Growth & Opportunity Board, Ex Officio Member

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
Virginia Senate Finance Committee, Ex Officio Member

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

Ned W. Massee – Chair
Croatan Advisors

Vincent J. Mastracco
Partner
Kaufman & Canoles PC

Dan M. Pleasant
Chief Operating Officer
Dewberry

John F. Reinhart
CEO and Executive Director
The Port of Virginia

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

Robert P. Vaughn
Director
House Appropriations Committee, Ex Officio Member

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 - Vice Chair
Executive Director
Roanoke Regional Partnership

Jane Ferrara
COO, Economic and Community Development
City of Richmond

Greg Hitchin
Director, Economic Development and Tourism
City of Waynesboro

John Kilgore
Executive Director
Scott County Economic Development

Jeff Reed
Executive Director
Virginia's Growth Alliance

Curry Roberts
President
Fredericksburg Regional Alliance

Christina Winn - Chair
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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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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Sean Brazier

Sean Brazier

Vice President, Economic Competitiveness

Sean Brazier serves as VEDP’s Vice President of Economic Competitiveness, responsible for development and implementation of strategies and initiatives to improve Virginia’s business environment, supporting productivity and prosperity growth for its citizens.

Experience
Before joining VEDP in September 2017, Brazier helped start Purpose Built Schools Atlanta, an organization that partners with Atlanta Public Schools to manage schools on behalf of the district. Brazier also spent five years at McKinsey & Company where, among other roles, he served as an Engagement Manager for clients across public and private sectors, including one year as the U.S Program Manager for scaling operations for Generation U.S., a workforce development program preparing 18-29-year-olds for successful careers. 

Education
B.A., Economics – Morehouse College
MSc., International Political Economy – London School of Economics
MBA – Harvard Business School

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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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Jason El Koubi

Jason El Koubi

Executive Vice President & Interim Vice President, International Trade

Jason El Koubi serves as VEDP’s Executive Vice President and Interim Vice President, International Trade, 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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Mike Grundmann

Mike Grundmann

Senior Vice President, Talent Solutions

Mike Grundmann serves as VEDP’s Senior Vice President of Talent Solutions, leading the Commonwealth’s effort to build a new world-class customized workforce training incentive to complement Virginia’s highly valued VJIP training grant.

Experience
Before joining VEDP in April 2019, Grundmann served as the Director of Manufacturing for the Georgia Department of Economic Development. Prior to GDED, 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. Mike’s work helped Quick Start earn the ranking of No.1 workforce training incentive program in the nation.

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
Graduate Certificate, Foundations of Political Analysis – Virginia Tech
Graduate Certificate, Environmental Politics and Policy – Virginia Tech
Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership – University of Virginia

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Jack Nelson

Jack Nelson, CPA

Controller and Treasurer

As the Controller and Treasurer, Jack Nelson’s primary responsibilities include asset protection, internal control, procurement, budget, and accounting and support services operations.

Experience
Before joining VEDP in 1991, Nelson worked in the Virginia State Comptroller’s Office reviewing state agency responses to Auditor of Public Accounts audits and managed statewide indirect cost recovery, accounts receivable, federal cash management, and leases. Before working in the public sector, Mr. Nelson served as Controller of a nonprofit private sector firm and as staff accountant with a CPA firm.

Education
B.S., Accounting – Virginia Commonwealth University
Certified Public Accountant

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Johan Salén

Johan Salén

Vice President, Incentives

Johan Salén 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
Before joining VEDP in August 2018, Salén served as the Executive Director of New York City Industrial Development Agency, providing discretionary incentives for corporate attraction and retention projects on behalf of the City. Prior to NYCIDA, Johan spent six years working at Louisiana Economic Development, first as Director of Structuring and Valuation and then as Director of Business Development, where he led the attraction of a variety of major project wins, including CGI, CSC/CSRA, IBM, and GE Capital, among others.

Education
B.S., Economics – Jönköping International Business School
B.S., Business Administration – Jönköping International Business School
MBA – Jönköping International Business School

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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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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. 

Incentives Coordinator

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) is seeking an Incentives Coordinator in its Incentives Division to assist with Incentive compliance. The key responsibilities include, but are not limited to, assisting with the management of incentive compliance, compiling incentive reports, and providing division administrative support.

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3D Modeler and Animator

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) is seeking an experienced 3D Modeler and Animator to effectively build and deliver creative assets that will visually communicate learning concepts through various mediums. The Modeler and Animator will work collaboratively with instructional designers and project managers within the new world-class Talent Solutions Division of VEDP. 

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Illustrator

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) is seeking an experienced Illustrator to effectively design and deliver creative assets that will visually communicate learning concepts through various mediums. The Illustrator will work collaboratively with instructional designers and project managers within the new world-class Talent Solutions Division of VEDP. 

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Instructional Design Consultant (Part-Time or Contract)

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) is seeking part-time or contract Instructional Design Consultants to help create highly customized and engaging training deliverables as part of a new world-class Talent Solutions Division within VEDP. The goal is to create a top ranked program to compete with the existing industry leaders, Georgia Quick Start and Louisiana FastStart.

The core deliverables will be new-hire training and workforce selection services that are fully customized to a client company’s unique processes, equipment, procedures, and culture.  These services will be part of a comprehensive suite that includes training in leadership, operational excellence, collaboration skills, quality systems, automation and manufacturing technologies. 

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Communications Specialist

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) is seeking a Communications Specialist to assist with implementing strategic outreach marketing and public relations. This position will interact professionally, collaboratively, and strategically with all departments of VEDP and external stakeholders, engaging and leveraging resources support where viable to accomplish the department’s goals, and providing relevant contribution and support to enable VEDP to attain its organizational objectives and mission. 

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Outreach Specialist (Part-time)

Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) is seeking an Outreach Specialist for the Business Investment Division’s Call Center. This position provides support to VEDP’s marketing outreach programs by contacting key business decision-makers during monthly calling campaigns.

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Vice President, International Trade

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) is conducting a national search for an executive to lead the International Trade division and provide primary staff leadership for the implementation of Virginia’s International Trade Plan, including proactive and regular coordination with other state entities, external partners, Advisory Committee on International Trade, and other relevant VEDP divisions. This team leads the most comprehensive and well-regarded program of its kind in the U.S., serving more than 300 Virginia companies each year with export-focused trade development programs, market research publications, international trade missions, and trade shows.

To apply, email Joan Jorgenson VEDP-VPIntl [at] jci-inc.net

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