Carrie is a native of Rockbridge County and a graduate of Virginia Tech where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Policy & Planning and Agriculture & Applied Economics. She is also a graduate of the Political Leaders Program through the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia.
Carrie formerly worked in the Virginia Office of the Governor where she served as the Assistant Secretary of Agriculture & Forestry and was responsible for the oversight and advancement of economic development efforts, including providing administration of the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) fund, related to Virginia’s largest private industries of agriculture and forestry. Prior to her role in the Governor's Office she gained valuable, wide-ranging economic development, marketing, government relations and communication experience as the Manager of Legislation & Policy at the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and as a Director of Government Affairs with the law firm Williams Mullen.
Courtland previously served as the Assistant Director of Economic Development in the City of Staunton. Courtland moved to the Shenandoah Valley from Richmond, Virginia in 2011. He studied Urban and Regional Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University and obtained a Masters of Public Administration from James Madison University.
Courtland served with organizations such as the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (SHD), Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance (HDR), the Shenandoah Valley Partnership (SVP), James Madison University (JMU) and the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission (CSPDC). In these positions he provided research, marketing assistance, policy analysis and grant writing. Courtland has a unique perspective on the opportunities and challenges facing SVP as we restructure and focus on business development, lead generation, market research and project management.
Tish previously served as a State Relations Coordinator for Altria in Richmond, having served in various communications and project management roles with Altria and other corporations in a 25-year career in both Richmond and Roanoke. A native of the Valley from Rockbridge County, Tish is also a graduate of Mary Baldwin University.
Tish brings a great private sector perspective to SVP and a love of the Shenandoah Valley to help launch us forward in a new structure. In this role, Tish will oversee and coordinate communication, marketing and branding strategies for all aspects of the SVP program of work, including but not limited to investor relations, social media, website content, and marketing materials. Tish will also serve as direct staff for both the Education/Workforce and Development Committees.