Catherine Riley

Catherine Riley is the Vice President of Marketing for the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, which is one of the most successful local development programs in the US. She has overall responsibility for the strategic planning and project management for the agency’s three marketing divisions which include the National, International, and Business Diversity programs.

She has managed a successful team that has generated more than 80,000 new jobs in Fairfax County over the last ten years, including the headquarters relocations for Hilton Worldwide, CSC, SAIC, and Volkswagen Group of America. In addition, Ms. Riley managed the successful bid to win the headquarters relocation of Intelsat and Northrop Grumman; and the Global Operations Center of Bechtel.

Prior to her promotion to Vice President in 2002, Ms. Riley served as Director for the International Division at the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority. She started the agency’s overseas investment program and established the first FCEDA foreign office in Tokyo, Japan. During her time as Director, Ms. Riley opened five more overseas offices and her team announced more than 12,000 new jobs for Fairfax County over ten years.

Ms. Riley served as the President of the British American Business Association (BABA) from 2010-2012. And, she served on the BABA Board of Directors for six years, and the Executive Committee for three years. Ms. Riley also chaired the BABA Strategic Planning Committee.

Ms. Riley, also served on the Executive Committee of the British American Business Council, a national organization based in New York. Additionally, she served as the BABC representative for the South East regional chapters.

She served on the Board of Directors of the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce for six years and its Executive Committee for three years. She also has served on its Transition Team and Nominating Committees.

Ms. Riley is a graduate of Leadership Fairfax, and is a member of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, Women in Technology, and the International Economic Development Council.

Ms. Riley earned a bachelor’s degree from the Pennsylvania State University and has completed additional training in real estate, management and economic development.