Board of Directors



Aerospace and Aviation


Hampton Roads Alliance
Hampton Roads Alliance2 days ago
Today is World Tourism Day! 🌎 Tourism is a huge economic driver for Hampton Roads. From the beautiful, sandy shores of Virginia Beach to the centuries of culture that define the Historical Triangle, Hampton Roads is a great place to explore, and there are countless ways to appreciate the beauty of the region. Today, we thank everyone who plays a part in improving our region's quality of life, allowing the tourism industry to flourish. What is your favorite local attraction or site to visit? Tell us in the comments below!
Hampton Roads Alliance
Hampton Roads Alliance4 days ago
Governor of Virginia Glenn Youngkin announced today that Alliance Investor will build two world-class facilities and create more than 1,000 new jobs in the City of Virginia Beach (Virginia Beach City Government)! Alliance President and CEO Douglas L. Smith stated “In the past few years, Amazon has truly embraced the Hampton Roads community, opening facilities in multiple locations and quickly becoming one of the region’s major employers. Today’s announcement marks yet another milestone in Amazon’s investment in and dedication to Hampton Roads. The Alliance congratulates Amazon, along with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development on their continued success and thanks them for their commitment to growing the Hampton Roads economy.” Learn more:
Hampton Roads Alliance
Hampton Roads Alliance1 week ago
Hampton Roads Workforce Council hosted their exciting Workforce Innovation Awards last evening at Rivers Casino Portsmouth! 👏 Congratulations to all the winners including Michael Paris, Bureau Manager for Norfolk Economic Development, for being named 2023 Workforce Champion of the Year!

Meet our Board Members

The Hampton Roads Alliance is governed by an experienced and knowledgeable Board of Directors, comprised of C-suite executives from some of our largest employers and Mayors from throughout the region.


Honorable Richard W. West

Public Sector Representative
Mayor, City of Chesapeake

Honorable Donnie R. Tuck

Public Sector Representative
Mayor, City of Hampton

Honorable Phillip Jones

Public Sector Representative
Mayor, City of Newport News

Honorable Kenneth C. Alexander, Ph.D.

Public Sector Representative
Mayor, City of Norfolk

Honorable Robert M. Dyer

Public Sector Representative
Mayor, City of Virginia Beach

Honorable Richard L. “Dick” Grice

Public Sector Representative

Isle of Wight Board of Supervisors

Honorable Douglas G. Pons

Public Sector Representative

Mayor, City of Williamsburg

Keith VanderVennet, Chair

Private Sector Representative

Senior Vice President - East Region, Ferguson Enterprise

Diane Leopold, Treasurer

Private Sector Representative

Chief Operating Officer, Dominion Energy

Douglas L. Smith, Secretary

Ex OFFICIO (Non Voting)
President & CEO, Hampton Roads Alliance

Bill Ermatinger, Past Chair


(Retired) Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, Huntington Ingalls Industries

Aubrey Layne

Private Sector Representative

Executive Vice President, Governance & External Affairs, Sentara Healthcare

Robert Duvall

Private Sector Representative

President, Virginia Natural Gas

Darrell K. Williams

Private Sector Representative

President, Hampton University

Buffy Barefoot

Private Sector Representative

President, Virginia Beach TowneBank

Cullen Glass

Private Sector Representative
Vice President, Supply Chain at Newport News Shipbuilding, a Division of Huntington Ingalls Industries

Mary Bunting

Ex Officio
City Manager, City of Hampton

Shawn Avery

Ex Officio
President and CEO, Hampton Roads Workforce Council

Nancy Grden

Ex Officio
President and CEO, Reinvent Hampton Roads

Florence Kingston, RED Team Chair

Ex officio

Director, City of Newport News Economic Development

James B. "Jimmy" Wood, General Counsel

ex officio (non voting)
Member, Willcox Savage
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