Adam Sledd


Adam is a business and non-profit leader with almost two decades in commercial real estate, investment management, and energy program experience. He has served on the board of the USGBC National Capital Region and as an advisor to multiple technology startups. A Richmond native, Adam earned his Bachelors degree at Pitzer College in Claremont, California and his MBA at American University in Washington, D.C..


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Ian Ragland

Program Manager

Ian is a Brand and Strategy Consultant with an academic background in design-thinking. He keeps our programs, website, and social pages running smoothly. Outside of his role with the Innovation Center, he serves as a Board of Associates member at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, as a Designer on the Board of Market Ashland Partnership, and as a representative of the Young Professionals Board at R-MC. Ian has been involved in a number of startups, mostly in the sustainability space. He earned his Bachelor’s degree at Randolph-Macon College and his Masters at VCU’s da Vinci School for Innovation.


Board of Directors

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Photo Credit: dimnikolov

Carrie Roth (President)

President and CEO

VA Bio+Tech Park and Activation Capital


Bryan Bostic


Visual Workforce


J. Dontrese Brown

Executive Director 

EDGE Center for Career Development, Randolph-Macon College


Joshua Farrar 

Town Manager

Town of Ashland 


Mike Gladstone, Attorney


McCandlish Holton, P.C.


Patrick Kopfle

Innovation Technology & Startup Consultant

Dominion Energy, Inc. 


E. Linwood Thomas IV

Director of Economic Development

Hanover County, VA