Jason El Koubi
Jason El Koubi was named Executive Vice President of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) in July 2017. In this role, he serves as the no. 2 executive for Virginia’s state economic development authority, leading the organization’s strategy and operations in collaboration with the President and CEO and directly overseeing activities related to economic competitiveness, international trade, incentives, research, and operations.
He was previously President and CEO of One Acadiana, a regional economic development organization based in Lafayette, Louisiana. Under his leadership, the organization developed and successfully launched one of the most successful capital campaigns of its kind in the nation to deliver a new, nationally competitive economic development program for the nine-parish region, including substantial new activities in public policy and advocacy; business attraction, retention, and expansion; and urban revitalization.
Prior to One Acadiana, Jason served as assistant secretary of Louisiana Economic Development (LED) where he led initiatives that helped secure projects that are creating more than 63,000 new jobs along with more than $28 billion in new capital investment, while dramatically improving Louisiana’s position in virtually every state business climate ranking. Additionally, he managed LED’s programs related to state economic competitiveness, business intelligence, community development, small business development, emergency response and recovery, and entertainment industry development.
He previously served as policy director of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, where he directed policy and research operations during the response and recovery from Hurricane Katrina. Under his leadership, BRAC’s policy research team won the top economic development research award in the nation for two consecutive years.
Jason is an outdoor enthusiast and has focused his volunteer service on education and the arts. He has lived, worked, or traveled in more than 35 countries, was selected for the French-American Foundation’s Young Leaders program, and is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Jason earned a B.S. in Biological Engineering from Louisiana State University, where he was elected speaker of student senate and awarded the Chancellor’s Medal for leadership. As a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar, he earned an M.S. in Public Policy from the London School of Economics. He lives with his wife Allison and two sons in Richmond, Virginia.
Mr. Lusk coordinates the efforts of the National Marketing team of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority which travels throughout the U.S. to promote Fairfax County as a prime expansion location for emerging technology companies. He supports firms that are proposing to grow their operations in Fairfax County, and coordinates the development of incentive and relocation packages for firms considering the relocation of their corporate headquarters.
Jason Stanford is the Executive Director of the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance. He oversees the day-to-day operations of the Alliance including long-term planning, transportation policy analysis, advocacy, and community outreach.
Before leading the Alliance, Jason spent six years and seven legislative sessions as the Chief of Staff to a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. During that time, he worked on numerous public policy issues including multimodal transportation, small business economic development, sustainable energy infrastructure, and housing affordability.
Jason is focused on applying his experience in the Virginia General Assembly to unite regional stakeholders and prioritize key transportation projects that will keep our region moving forward for decades to come.
Jason earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Julie Sterling became the Area Franchisee and sole owner of all area development rights to The UPS Stores in the Northern Virginia market in January 2011. Her area franchise currently encompasses 54 The UPS Stores throughout Northern Virginia including all stores in Prince William, Loudoun, Arlington, Alexandria City
As an active owner with a true passion and vision for The UPS Store franchise system, Julie has participated and played a major role in many regional events including Toys for Tots launch at the Marine Corp Marathon, several television appearances, interviews and articles in major publications (Entrepreneur Magazine, Wall Street Journal) for The UPS Stores.
Julie has brought a wealth of business management and financial experience to the business as a former Strategy and Operations Consultant with Deloitte Consulting in New York. Julie’s background has encompassed financial management and operational engineering, financial systems implementations, change leadership and communications models, procurement and strategic sourcing, and value based management concepts including budgeting, financial and non-financial performance measurements systems. Julie is also skilled at bringing technology, process and organizational alignment into perspective and understands the implications along all dimensions.
Prior to joining the Consulting Group, Julie was an Audit Manager with Deloitte & Touche LLP in the Banking and Healthcare Practice and founded the Deloitte & Touche LLP Charleston practice (established 1992).
Julie graduated from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA with a major in Finance and is also a Certified Public Accountant. Julie currently serves on the Advisory Board of Best Buddies Capital Region, an organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one- to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). When not working with her franchisees, you’ll find Julie cycling and motivating others to become the best version of themselves as a spin instructor.