Our staff can assist prospective and existing business owners in finding resources and services to start up, locate, develop, and grow. We can provide guidance on using a variety of federal, state, and private-sector programs, as well as navigating business licensing and registration requirements for the City of Alexandria.

Stephanie Landrum

President &

Contact me for information on development opportunities, incentives, bond financing, and coordinating with city departments.

Stephanie is President & CEO of the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership (AEDP). Appointed by the Board of Directors in April 2015, Stephanie has held leadership roles in the organization since 2005. In her position, Stephanie provides strategic and financial oversight to two hosted organizations: SBDC and Capitol Post. She also offers advice and information to the Alexandria City Council, Planning Commission and City Departments. Stephanie serves in various capacities on Boards, Commissions and Committees related to economic development, marketing and business throughout the Washington, DC region.

Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Science in City & Regional Planning from the University of Virginia, and an MBA from the UVA's Darden School of Business. As an Alexandrian, Stephanie’s favorite thing about the city is the diversity of new boutique fitness studios and restaurants opening up all around!

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Christina Mindrup

Vice President, Business

Contact me for assistance with spaces for sale or lease, market profiles, rental rate and lease/sale comparables, and assistance with city processes.

Christina is the Vice President of Business Development for the AEDP. She is responsible for all aspects of business development and real estate. She regularly assists businesses with the real estate process of leasing and sales as well as works with investors, developers and other clients with finding desirable locations for future development. A veteran of the industry, Christina worked as a commercial broker with Grubb & Ellis, Jones Lang LaSalle, ING Clarion as well as CarrAmerica where she oversaw a portfolio in the NoVA area which included noteworthy Alexandria projects. She is a member of NoVA NAIOP, International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Urban Land Institute (ULI), CREW as well as serves on various committees helping businesses in the community meet their real estate needs.

Christina graduated from Miami University of Ohio with her Bachelor’s in Psychology. As an Old Town Alexandria resident, Misha’s coffee shop is her favorite to frequent.

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Teresa Garrison

Director of Operations & Special

Contact me for information on event planning, scheduling speaking engagements, and vendor recommendations.

As Director of Operations & Special Projects for AEDP, Teresa is the primary management officer in the organization, responsible for the administration and management of vendor relationships, human resources, procurement, information technology and event planning. Before joining AEDP, Teresa worked at CB Richard Ellis and USAA Real Estate Company. Teresa’s favorite thing about Alexandria is all the great restaurants and shopping.

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Ryan Touhill

Chief of

Contact me for information on partnership opportunities with AEDP related to incentives, marketing, and locating your business in Alexandria.

As Chief of Staff, Ryan is oversees major business attraction solicitations and AEDP’s incentives program, public policy initiatives, strategic planning and operations. Prior to working at AEDP, Ryan held positions with the City of Alexandria government. Ryan has served as a long-term youth mentor and advises several regional boards focused on affordable housing, workforce development, and education issues. He is a Fellow with the Sorensen Institute’s Political Leaders Program.

Ryan holds a Bachelor’s of Arts from George Mason University and a Master of Public Administration from George Washington University. An avid hiker, Ryan is often out enjoying Virginia’s exceptional hiking trails and can be followed on IG @olddominionexplorer.

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Marie Plishka

Business Development

Contact me for Pop-up ALX and placemaking activities.

As a Business Development Associate with AEDP, Marie assists businesses that are interested in locating to Alexandria. She also works with community partners and stakeholders on placemaking activities around the city to increase the quality of life for residents and create a vibrant atmosphere for businesses. One of her primary responsibilities is the Pop-Up ALX program, which seeks to help entrepreneurs & artists find temporary space in Alexandria to test the market for their product and to introduce more creativity to the city. Before joining AEDP, Marie worked at the International Economic Development Council, where she developed the programming content for conferences and webinars on various local and regional economic development topics.

Marie holds a Bachelor’s in International Affairs from the University of Georgia and a Master’s with honors in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She lives in the Carlyle neighborhood of Alexandria and loves learning about the history of the city.

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Tom Colicchio

Business Development

Contact me for questions about business development, with a focus on retention.

Tom is one of AEDP’s Business Development Associates, and his focus is on business retention. He meets with local businesses to discuss their experience working within Alexandria, and how the AEDP can work with them to improve the overall business environment within the City. He shares information regarding local real estate developments and incentive programs, and he also creates AEDP’s market reports and development maps. Tom has a commercial real estate background, and previously worked for Lincoln Property Company in Rosslyn and CoStar Group in Washington DC.

Tom double-majored in English and Religion at Washington and Lee University. His favorite aspect of Alexandria is its amazing restaurants, although its many historic ships come a close second.

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Elizabeth Watson


Contact me for information about co-working at Capitol Post, or with any general questions about AEDP, SBDC, or Capitol Post.

As the Campus Manager for AEDP, Elizabeth makes sure that everyone who walks through AEDP’s doors feels welcome, supported, and heard when it comes to their business. Prior to working at AEDP, Elizabeth managed multiple fitness studios and ran her own baking business in Tucson, AZ. Outside of AEDP, Elizabeth teaches adult contemporary dance and adult beginning ballet as well as rehearses and performs with two local professional dance companies. She is also the Board Chair of the Membership Committee for Dance Metro DC; a non-profit dance service organization for the DC Metro area.

Elizabeth holds a Bachelor’s in Dance from Mercyhurst University and an MFA in Dance from the University of Arizona. She loves living in Old Town just a hop, skip, and a jump from the King Street Metro, and has spent many evenings walking (or sometimes jogging) down King Street or biking to Del Ray.

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Adrianne Griffith

Marketing & Communications

Contact me for questions or inquiries about our marketing and communications.

As the Marketing and Communications Coordinator for AEDP, Adrianne focuses on telling the story of how and why Alexandria is the perfect place to work, live, and play. She is in charge of AEDP’s internal and external communications, which includes messaging, web, social media, and marketing materials. Additionally, she works with outreach, press relations, contracted communications and relationship management with outside organizations. Prior to joining AEDP, Adrianne was most recently at the World Bank. She is also a veteran, having served in the U.S. Air Force as a Logistics Readiness Officer.

Adrianne earned her Bachelor’s in English at the University of Washington, and her Master’s in Communication, Culture, and Technology at Georgetown University. As a resident of the Rosemont neighborhood, Adrianne’s favorite thing about Alexandria is its charm and engaged community.

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Bill Reagan


Bill established the Alexandria Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in 1996 and serves as its Executive Director. Alexandria SBDC is one of the most innovative and engaged small business resources in the country thanks to its co-location and hosting by the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership. Bill has been an Alexandria resident for over 30 years and has served on business related boards, commissions and task groups. He was also in the inaugural (’04) class of Leadership Alexandria. Bill grew up in Texas, where he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in Natural Resource Economics and graduate studies in City/Regional Planning.

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Gloria Flanagan


Gloria is the Assistant Director of the Alexandria Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Gloria has been with the Alexandria SBDC since 2000 and has developed the educational programming of the SBDC and counseled hundreds of small business owners in areas such as Startup, City Processes, and Federal/State Procurement. Prior to her employment with the Alexandria SBDC, she was the aide to an Alexandria City Council Member. Earlier in her career Gloria practiced law for the federal government and worked with several nonprofit organizations.

Gloria has a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center. She has lived in the Braddock Heights area of Alexandria for 40 years, raised her family there, and cannot imagine living anywhere else – the perfect combination of a thriving City with a small-town feel!

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Emily McMahan

Executive DirectorCapitol Post

As the Executive Director for Capitol Post, Emily loves teaching military veterans and their spouses how to think and act like entrepreneurs. She enjoys scouting out local entrepreneurial resources and connecting and building relationships with local veterans and spouses here in the greater Washington DC region. Before helping launch Capitol Post, Emily worked at a local start-up technology firm serving the federal government in Arlington.

Emily holds an MBA from University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point. After graduating from West Point, Emily was commissioned as an Army military police officer. While she resides with her husband and children in Arlington, Virginia, she loves the restaurants and walkability of North Old Town.

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