As Executive Director, Julia is responsible for providing MAVA’s strategic direction and oversight of operations. Prior to joining MAVA in 2002, Julia was vice-president for communications for Columbia Capital, a communications and technology private equity firm based in Alexandria, VA, where she provided strategic communications consultation and investor relations to Columbia Capital and its portfolio companies. Previously, she was President and COO at IntellEvents, a strategic positioning firm that she co-founded. For nearly 10 years, Julia was with GTE Corporation, serving as vice president directing strategic communications and investor relations for the corporation’s wireless and emerging technology businesses, as well as GTE Laboratories. In addition she directed public policy communications for the corporation at the federal level and had oversight for the GTE Corporate Foundation, one of the top 20 in the country. Julia received her B.A. in Communications from the University of North Carolina where she was a John Motley Morehead Scholar.
Deputy Executive Director
Prior to joining MAVA, Ms. Weir successfully launched and managed a business development services firm, Starting Gate Global where she worked closely with MAVA in early 2011. Prior to launching her own firm, Ms. Weir spent 7 years developing and implementing new programs and marketing initiatives for the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, International Division, including her creation and leadership of the nationally recognized, innovative export-promotion VALET (Virginia Leaders in Export Trade). Throughout her professional career, she has built a strong reputation in the international business, economic development, professional services and technology communities of the Greater Washington region. Ms. Weir is highly respected for her ability to translate strategic concepts into practical and effective programs and to effectively communicate new initiatives to stakeholders and new audiences.