NORFOLK, VA – (July 13, 2021) – Norfolk Innovation Corridor (NIC) announced the appointment of Norfolk native Linda Peck as its first executive director.
A public-private partnership, the recently launched Norfolk Innovation Corridor (NIC) will develop and attract technology businesses along with entrepreneurs and innovators specializing in resilience technologies, products and services, whether combating sea level rise and recurrent flooding, cybersecurity perils, supply chain/logistics disruptions, population and behavioral health crises, or other threats to the optimal functioning of our communities, businesses and infrastructure.
“Linda is a connector, putting people together to move this community forward,” said Charles V. McPhillips, who as former president of Greater Norfolk Corporation drove the creation of the NIC. “The future of the NIC is a high priority for the civic, business, governmental and academic leaders in this community. Linda has a proven track record in developing and executing strategic plans to advance such an ambitious mission. We’re excited to have her lead the NIC, working closely with an outstanding board of directors.”
Dan Peterson, president of the NIC, added, “As the NIC continues to gain speed and momentum, we are extremely grateful to have Linda at the helm to lead us through the next steps to our future successes.”
“I’m thrilled to be a part of this exciting and important initiative. The NIC’s mission not only speaks to my heart, but also offers me the opportunity to give back to the community that I deeply care about,” Peck said.
Peck obtained a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a MBA in finance from Columbia Business School. After starting her career in corporate and foundation fundraising, she worked in corporate finance at GE Capital in Manhattan, taught middle and high school education and spent the last 15 years in nonprofit leadership, most recently as the executive director of Ohef Sholom Temple in Norfolk.