Conaway B. Haskins III
Conaway Haskins has spent nearly 20 years helping public and private sector organizations navigate economic development, public policy and strategic management challenges and opportunities 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 worked at Virginia Tech where he served as Associate Director of the Virginia Tech Center for Food Systems and Community Transformation and as the State Economic Development Specialist for Virginia Cooperative Extension. 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.
Conaway serves as co-chair of the Professional Development Committee of the Virginia Economic Developers Association, is a member of the International Economic Development Council, and serves on the Chesterfield County Public Schools Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee. He earned a Master of Regional Planning degree from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a B.A. in Government & Politics from George Mason University, and is currently completing a Ph.D. in Planning, Governance and Globalization at Virginia Tech.