Beth Doughty has had an extensive career in economic and community development. Her strengths include building consensus, developing and implementing unique strategies, fostering regionalism, strategic planning, and marketing. She was recognized as one of the top 50 economic developers in North American three times by Consultant Connect, is a former president of the Virginia Economic Developers Association, and recipient of its Cardinal Award for leadership in the field of economic development. Her career includes 23 years as executive director of the Roanoke Regional Partnership and a decade as president of the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce. She is an honors graduate of the University of Virginia.
Annie Martinie is a Senior Fellow focusing her work on Shared Learning and Civic Leadership. She focuses on helping the Dan River Region embrace a new vision of leadership - one that brings diverse groups of people together to build trust, learn together, heal divisions, create shared goals, and collectively address issues that concern them. DRF’s mission is to be a catalyst for long-term economic transformation and we believe that the key to achieving this mission is helping more people believe that they are an integral part of this transformation. If successful, we will reknit the social fabric of collective knowledge, action and community life, becoming more resilience and responsive in the face of challenges. Achieving this mission, requires all of us to develop new mindsets and skillsets. Building upon the collaborative leadership program, Collaboration Lab, Annie will work in partnership with many across our region to explore, develop and implement learning opportunities for individuals, organizations, and collaborative groups that create the foundation to accelerate community change. Prior to this role, Annie was a senior program officer and director of collaboration for DRF focusing on health and wellness.