Audrey Polk is the Vice President of Business Development for the Greater Richmond Partnership. Her experience spans federal, state and local levels of economic development and research.
Prior to joining GRP, Audrey served on the Business Retention and Expansion team for the Henrico Economic Development Authority generating $69m in capital investment, 1,061 new jobs, and $68m in wages in two years. At Henrico, Audrey spearheaded the bi-annual Major Employers’ Forum, managed business retention and expansion projects, co-lead the nationally-recognized Business First volunteer team, and participated in Henrico’s Emerging Leaders Certificate Program.
Audrey’s economic development career began with an economic research internship at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, followed by a position as a Research Analyst for the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP). At VEDP, Audrey responded to high-priority RFI/RFP requests, conducted the state’s Return on Incentive (ROI) analyses, and utilized her passion for graphic design by producing marketing packages highlighting the Commonwealth of Virginia’s assets.
Audrey graduated summa cum laude from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Honors College with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies and minors in Economics and Political Science. She is currently earning a MicroMasters in Data, Economics, and Development Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
When Audrey is not exploring the Richmond Region’s many incredible restaurants and breweries (key favorites include Edo’s Squid, Ardent, En Su Boca, Triple Crossing and Fighting Fish!), she actively serves on the Greater Richmond Fit4Kids Board of Young Professionals as the Social and Community Engagement Chair. A self-proclaimed podcast enthusiast, Audrey can often be found training for her next marathon while running to Freakonomics, How I Built This, or Girls Gotta Eat.
Audrey happily resides in Richmond’s Fan District with her partner and sweet cavapoo, Roo.