By Tim Ryan

Hampton Roads, Virginia – A new chapter begins at the Hampton Roads Executive Roundtable as Drew Lumpkin steps into the role of Vice President of External Affairs and Strategic Initiatives starting May 1, 2024. With a rich history of over two decades in public service and strategic policy development, Lumpkin is set to steer the Hampton Roads region towards unprecedented economic growth and innovation.

Drew Lumpkin, previously the Regional Director for U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner, has cultivated extensive expertise in navigating federal grants and funding opportunities essential for the region’s development. His background in psychology and divinity and his hands-on experience in public outreach and partnership cultivation prepare him well for this new endeavor.

The co-chair of the Hampton Roads Executive Roundtable and President of Sentara Health, Dennis Matheis, expressed enthusiasm about Lumpkin’s appointment, “Drew’s vast experience and strategic insight will be invaluable as we focus on enhancing our federal partnerships, a critical avenue for advancing regional economic growth.”

Cliff Fleet, another co-chair and President of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, also praised Lumpkin’s previous contributions, noting his ability to collaborate effectively across various sectors. “Drew’s role is pivotal in our ongoing efforts to champion economic initiatives that will bring substantial benefits to our community,” Fleet remarked.

Lumpkin’s appointment is seen as a significant investment in the region’s future, with Nancy Grden, President of the Hampton Roads Executive Roundtable, highlighting the region’s competitive nature. “With Drew at the helm of strategic initiatives, we are more equipped than ever to attract and retain talent and to enhance our position on the national economic stage,” she stated.

Reflecting on his new role, Drew Lumpkin shared his excitement and commitment to the community, “It’s an honor to join the Roundtable team. I am eager to contribute to our large-scale initiatives that aim to not only grow our economy but also create high-quality jobs throughout Hampton Roads.”

The Hampton Roads Executive Roundtable is pivotal in regional economic development, uniting 16 cities and counties under its strategic leadership. Its mission to foster innovation and growth aligns with Virginia’s broader goals under the innovative GO Virginia program, which supports statewide economic and job creation strategies.

As Lumpkin prepares for his new responsibilities, the community and its leaders look forward with optimism to the fresh perspectives and dynamic leadership he will bring. His proven track record and unwavering dedication to public service assure that Hampton Roads is on a path to becoming a more vibrant, innovative, and economically robust region.

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A copy of the press release can be downloaded here.