VEDP Executive Elected to Board of Virginia Early Childhood Foundation

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Richmond, Va. (December 16, 2022) – The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) has elected Jason El Koubi, President & CEO of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), to the board of directors. VECF is a statewide public-private organization that serves as the non-partisan steward of Virginia’s promise for early childhood success, supporting opportunities for all families with young children to thrive.

El Koubi was named as the VEDP’s executive leader in March 2022 after serving as Executive Vice President of the organization for nearly five years. Working with a wide variety of partners and stakeholders, he leads the development and implementation of an ambitious, multi-year strategic plan for economic development of the Commonwealth that encompasses activities across state government. Among other transformational goals, the plan aims to position Virginia as an economic growth leader among U.S. states over the next 10 years while ensuring all regions of the state participate in that growth. Prior to joining VEDP, he had served as President and CEO of One Acadiana, a regional economic development organization based in Lafayette, Louisiana, and also as assistant secretary of Louisiana Economic Development, where he led initiatives that created more than 63,000 new jobs.

“We welcome Jason to our dedicated team of statewide business and community leaders, all of whom are deeply committed to ensuring a strong start for every child in Virginia,” said Liberty University’s Robert Hurt, board chair of the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation. “He brings a deep understanding of the critical role that an effective public-private early childhood education system plays in developing a talented and vibrant workforce to achieve the Commonwealth’s long-term economic growth goals.”

During the VECF’s board meeting, Hurt and the board members expressed appreciation to treasurer Kevin Curtis, vice president-Transmission, Dominion Energy Virginia, as he completes his term of service as a member and officer. Curtis had served on the VECF board since December 2017. Mike Chinn, Partner, Endicott Group, was elected to serve in the position of treasurer effective January 2023. Previously, Chinn was President, S&P Global Market Intelligence. He has served on the VECF board of directors since September 2020.


About the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation: VECF is the non-partisan steward of Virginia’s promise for early childhood success, working in tandem with diverse stakeholders to ensure equitable opportunities for all families with young children to thrive.