Chief of Staff
Robby Demeria served as Virginia’s first deputy secretary of commerce and trade for technology and innovation, where he guided the administration’s policy and initiatives related to those focus areas and was the chief architect of the innovation-led entrepreneurship and tech-based economic development agency, the Virginia Innovation Partnership Authority. Prior to his appointment, Robby was a trade association executive for nearly 15 years, serving as the president of the Richmond Technology Council and vice president of Government Affairs for the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce. While overseeing the technology council, Robby founded its first foundation for technology education, launched one of the largest – and still running – women in technology conferences in the southeast U.S., and championed programs that highlighted and grew the region’s tech talent. Robby has served on many regional and statewide boards focused on issues from youth entrepreneurship to computer science education. He is a proud lifelong Virginian and graduate of George Mason University.