Conaway Haskins helps Virginia communities enhance their competitiveness and adapt to the shifting environment of the global knowledge-based economy. A dedicated social entrepreneur, he has spent over 15 years advising and assisting institutions and individuals with navigating the politics and economics of community growth and development at the local, state, and national levels. He also serves as Director of Community Development for VT KnowledgeWorks, overseeing an emerging portfolio of social and community entrepreneurship initiatives. Previously, Conaway led a variety of economic development and public policy initiatives for Virginia State University, the Council on Foundations, US Senator Jim Webb, and the Cameron Foundation. He also served as an economic development and urban planning researcher at the Aspen Institute and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Conaway serves on the board of directors of the George Mason University Alumni Association and the Advisory Board of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Minority Political Leadership Institute. He was a longtime member of the Richmond Folk Festival Program Committee and previously served on the board of directors of Communities in Schools of Virginia and the Virginia Public Access Project. In 2009, he was named one of 51 “People to Know” by Richmond Magazine, and in 2006, he was selected as a Hull Leadership Fellow of the Southeastern Council of Foundations and as a Political Leadership Fellow of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia. Conaway earned a Master of Regional Planning degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BA in Government and Politics from George Mason University.