Julia Spicer serves as the Executive Director for the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA) and fosters innovation and company building by bringing together private and public investment capital and high growth enterprises across stage and industry. As head of MAVA, Ms. Spicer presents industry thought-leaders and best practices in support of emerging as well as established companies. From helping the earliest of innovators secure seed capital to discussing the latest in market intelligence important to high growth enterprises, she supports the full life cycle of company growth and investment interests.
Her corporate technology career, experience in private investment, and most notably, her early entrepreneurial roots as company founder provide a useful foundation for fostering the success of high growth technology companies, from start-up to exit. She joined MAVA from Columbia Capital, a private equity growth capital firm specializing in communications technology. Previously, she served as Corporate Vice President of Strategic Planning and Communications for GTE Corporation, with responsibilities for both public policy and strategic positioning for the company’s $4B emerging technology businesses which included wireless, mobile, air-to-ground, and R&D operations. Ms. Spicer also served as President of the GTE Foundation, one of the top 20 corporate foundations in the United States, focusing principally on science and mathematics education and the arts.
She has served or is currently on the boards of the Network of Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), an international organization assisting disadvantaged children through chapters located in 33 countries; the University of Maryland’s Clark School of Engineering Board of Visitors; Summit Executive Resources; and Able Flight, a scholarship program providing assistance to individuals with disabilities by challenging them through flight training. Through a gubernatorial appointment, Ms. Spicer serves on the Commonwealth Health Research Board, which has the primary responsibility to make grants for human health research, especially for those eff orts that have the potential of maximizing human health benefits for citizens of the Commonwealth.
Ms. Spicer is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, where she was a Morehead-Cain 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.