Conaway Haskins

Conaway Haskins has joined the CIT team as Director of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems. Conaway will be working closely with Sean Mallon, Vice President of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems. Sean commented that “over the coming weeks, months and years, and we look forward to visiting each of Virginia’s regions to meet with many of you”.
Conaway is no stranger to Virginia’s entrepreneurial ecosystems. Conaway has spent nearly 20 years helping public and private sector organizations navigate economic development, public policy, and strategic management challenges at the local, state, and national levels. He currently serves as Director of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems at Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology where he advises, supports, and funds statewide and regional technology-based and innovation-led economic development initiatives. Conaway previously served as Associate Director of the Virginia Tech Center for Food Systems and Community Transformation and as the State Economic Development Specialist for the university’s Virginia Cooperative Extension division.
Before that, he led a variety of efforts for the Virginia Community Economic Network, Virginia State University, the Council on Foundations, US Senator Jim Webb, and the Cameron Foundation. He began his career as an economic and workforce development researcher at the Aspen Institute in Washington, DC. Conaway serves as the co-chair of the Professional Development Committee of the Virginia Economic Developers Association and is a member of the Chesterfield County Public Schools Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee. He earned a Masters of Regional Planning degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a B.A. in Government & Politics with honors & distinction from George Mason University. He lives in the Richmond, VA area.

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