Jason El Koubi was named Executive Vice President of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VDEP) in July 2017.
In this role, he serves as the no. 2 executive for Virginia’s state economic development authority and oversees activities related to economic competitiveness, international trade, incentives, research, and operations.
He was previously President and CEO of One Acadiana, a regional non-profit economic development organization based in Lafayette, Louisiana. Under his leadership, the organization developed and successfully launched one of the most successful capital campaigns of its kind in the nation to deliver a new, nationally competitive economic development program for the nine-parish region, including substantial new activities in public policy and advocacy; business attraction, retention, and expansion; and urban revitalization.
Prior to One Acadiana, Jason served as assistant secretary of Louisiana Economic Development (LED) where he led initiatives that helped secure projects that are creating more than 63,000 new jobs along with more than $28 billion in new capital investment, while dramatically improving Louisiana’s position in virtually every state business climate ranking. Additionally, he managed LED’s programs related to state economic competitiveness, business intelligence, community development, small business development, emergency response and recovery, and entertainment industry development.
He previously served as policy director of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, where he directed policy and research operations during the response and recovery from Hurricane Katrina. Under his leadership, BRAC’s policy research team won the top economic development research award in the nation for two consecutive years.
Jason is an outdoor enthusiast and has focused his volunteer service on education and the arts. He has lived, worked, or traveled in more than 35 countries and is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Jason earned a B.S. in Biological Engineering from Louisiana State University, where he was elected speaker of student senate and awarded the Chancellor’s Medal for leadership. As a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar, he earned an M.S. in Public Policy from the London School of Economics. He lives with his wife Allison and two sons in Richmond, Virginia.