Department of Economic Development
Title: Assistant Director
Colleen Kardasz is responsible for assisting the executive director in planning, directing, managing and overseeing the activities and operations of the department, which include commercial and rural business recruitment, retention and expansion; and research, real estate and marketing activities.
She joined the team after 12 years in Northwest Ohio where her career included marketing, communications and international business development for a non-profit and local government.
An Ohio native, Kardasz graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in communication and Spanish from Hiram College. She received her law degree from the University of Toledo and passed the bar in Ohio, where she held an active license until moving to Northern Virginia with her husband and two daughters.