executive director resume example with 13+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
, , 609 Johnson Ave., 49204, Tulsa, OK 100 Montgomery St. 10th Floor
Home: (555) 432-1000 - Cell: - - : - -

Regional economic development leader with 12 years’ experience formulating, implementing, and executing strategies for industrial recruitment, marketing, downtown revitalization, and work-force development. Current efforts are focused on managing prospect recruitment/marketing, market analysis, entrepreneurial system development, talent solutions, and business retention and expansion. A facilitator and collaborator with private sector business leaders, local jurisdictions, as well as regional and state officials to build consensus and adopt strategies to continue the growth and innovation of the business community. Successfully build and manage cohesive relationships between political, government, and industrial leaders to accomplish organizational and regional objectives.

  • Executive Leadership
  • Strategic Planning and Execution
  • Board Oversight
  • Budgeting and Financial Management
  • Operational Analysis
  • Investor Relations
  • Change and Growth Management
  • Organizational Development
  • Public Speaking
  • Team Leadership, Training and Development
  • Business Development
12/2014 to Current
Executive Director Commonwealth Assisted Living Cockeysville, MD,
  • Led, advised, and supported efforts establishing 4500+ jobs and over $1 billion in capital investment
  • Negotiated high ROI projects for 6 local governments
  • Stabilized regional organization confronting severe political and financial obstacles
  • Increased organizational funding by 400% and improved internal lead generation output by 20% year over year
  • Secured over $2 million in grant funding to support regional initiatives
  • Assisted legislators in crafting policy initiatives to improve business competitiveness for rural regions
  • Developed formula to equitably establish Opportunity Zones across Virginia
  • Led development and implementation of regional strategic plans
  • Led creative direction in development of new organizational identity and branding
  • Created design framework for new website platform
  • Led research & design of marketing collateral featuring analytics and benchmarking against competitor regions
  • Establishment of International Business Development Network
12/2013 to 12/2014
Economic Development Specialist City Of Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI,
  • Integrated broader Roanoke City Plan with Downtown Roanoke Growth and Diversification Plan
  • Designed and facilitated parking program that shares cost across public/private to improve customer experience
  • Created marketing plan and materials for downtown retail and office attraction efforts
  • Increased utilization of store front activation program to improve aesthetics of vacant properties
  • Formed framework for grant program to assist small businesses in location obtainment in the downtown area
12/2008 to 12/2013
Workforce Development Specialist Care New England Health System Providence, RI,
  • Aided in the establishment of a five county Business Advisory Council (BAC) to guide internal training
  • Year over year increase in successful placements of trainees
  • Designed and managed internship program between regional employers and goodwill training programs
  • Efficiently managed scheduling, documentation, and labor hours for program
  • Grant tracking and administrative responsibility
Education and Training
Expected in 2021 to to
Business Strategy Certificate :
University of Virginia - Darden Business School - Charlottesville, VA
Expected in 2013 to to
Master of Business Administration, MBA:
The University of North Carolina - Greensboro - ,
Expected in 2007 to to
Bachelor of Arts: Political Science
Virginia Commonwealth University - Richmond, VA,
Expected in 2015 to to
Entrepreneurial & Small Business Development Certificate:
Georgia Tech - Atlanta, GA,
University Activities
  • Intern for Virginia U.S. Senator John Warner’s Office
  • Intern for State Senator Harry Blevins in Virginia General Assembly
  • Prague, Czech Republic - Business Study Abroad Capstone Project: ‘Corporate Social Responsibility in Post-Communist Czech Republic’
Certifications & Competencies

CEcD– International Economic Development Council Certified Economic Developer - License #2572

Government Leadership

  • Experienced in local & regional economic development management
  • Public/Private Partnership Development.
  • Grant Writing & Administration Oversight
  • Legislative and Elected-Official Collaboration
  • Executive Board Management & Operations

Non-Profit Leadership

  • Executive Organizational Management
  • Program Development & Design
  • Budget Development & Fulfillment
  • Grant Procurement
  • Personnel Management
  • Investor & Partner Engagement

Marketing, Business Development, & Advertising

  • Brand Development & Marketing Strategy
  • International & Domestic Business Development
  • Multi-platform Social Media Marketing & Digital Advertisement
  • Regional/Local Video Content Production
  • Press Relations

Special Projects

  • Created Virginia OZ Appropriation Formula
  • Partnered with Virginia Tobacco Commission on formation of Regional EDO Grant Program
  • Led Regional EDO Directors Committee in direct state funding negotiations
  • Successfully worked with VEDP and state officials to alter policy on acceptable sources of match incentives


  • Proficient with Excel, Solver/Data Analytic Tools, CRM
  • Research capabilities - JobsEQ, EMSI, ESRI, GIS
  • Directed Salesforce design and implementation project
Activities and Honors

Member of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) - Member of the Southeast Economic Development Council (SEDC) - Member of the Virginia Economic Development Association (VEDA) -Member of the Southwest Virginia Economic Forum Planning Committee

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School Attended

  • University of Virginia - Darden Business School
  • The University of North Carolina - Greensboro
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Georgia Tech

Job Titles Held:

  • Executive Director
  • Economic Development Specialist
  • Workforce Development Specialist


  • Business Strategy Certificate
  • Master of Business Administration, MBA
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Entrepreneurial & Small Business Development Certificate

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