Posted December 12, 2019
General counsel, The Port of Virginia
At work: I am general counsel for The Port of Virginia. I lead corporate strategic and tactical legal initiatives and serve as the key legal adviser on all matters of corporate governance, major business transactions and the development of corporate policies and procedures. I know good legal advice lies in a deep understanding of the client’s industry and business. Accordingly, I devote myself to understanding maritime and port operations, budgets and strategic planning and objectives.
Home and family: My spouse, Gabe, and I live in Norfolk and just welcomed our first child in October.
Volunteer activities: From the start of my legal career in Hampton Roads, I have supported the legal, arts, business and faith communities. I was legal counsel for indigent clients in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and Suffolk and served on the boards of the Norfolk Court Appointed Special Advocates, Norfolk Sister Cities, Hampton Roads Global Commerce Council and the Virginia Opera. At present, I am very passionate about the work of the Hope House Foundation, where I serve on the board in support of providing independent living opportunities for adults with disabilities.
Motivating factor: I’m motivated by protecting clients’ interests and serving my family and community.
Advice for women in business: Never overlook the small opportunities to serve others; it will pay off.
Professional goal in five years: To continue to grow the legal sophistication, and standing, of The Port of Virginia and support the port as it gains market share, becoming the preeminent shipping destination on the East Coast.
The one thing I’d change about Hampton Roads: Organize and integrate the capital resources of the seven cities, to spur the organic growth of existing and new industries.
Region’s biggest asset: The water in our region - the rivers, the Bay and the sea - supports our world-class port, empowers the Navy and bolsters a strong tourism industry.
Downtime: I had my first child at the end of October, so I’ve been enjoying time with him, taking long walks that put him right to sleep.
What really gets under my skin: Apathy