Onward NRV Names Max Davenport Talent Strategies Coordinator

Katie Boswell, Onward NRV Executive Director, has named Max Davenport the organization’s Talent Strategies Coordinator effective October 23, 2023. In this newly created position, Max will focus on coordinating efforts around talent attraction and retention to support regional growth in Virginia’s New River Valley.

“I am delighted that Max is joining the Onward NRV team as our new Talent Strategies Coordinator,” said Boswell. “His passion for connecting with people and his energy for engaging throughout the region will make him an immediate asset to our organization. He will be a valuable member of our team as we expand our initiatives to attract and retain talent in the region through our Onward 2028 five-year economic development strategy.”

Katie Boswell, Onward NRV Executive Director

Max Davenport

“I am thrilled with the appointment of Max to our team as the Talent Strategies Coordinator,” said Samantha Livesay, Senior Director of Business Engagement. “Max will play a pivotal role in strengthening our ties with local employers and educational institutions, while also representing us at career fairs, ensuring a brighter future for our regional workforce. With his exceptional skills and expertise, we are eager to embark on this exciting journey of growth and innovation together and look forward to the incredible contributions he will bring our team and our region.”

Max joins Onward NRV from Emerson Street Media, a strategic communications agency based in Washington, D.C., where he has been working as a remote Account Supervisor since June 2022 while living in Virginia’s New River Valley.

Max has a strong background in higher education, organizational communication, and speechwriting. A native of Knoxville, TN, he earned a Master of Science and Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Tennessee. Max is drawn to the NRV because of its stunning scenery and easy access to the great outdoors. In his spare time, Max enjoys attending concerts, participating in outdoor activities, and visiting local vintage markets.

“I am honored to join Onward NRV as the Talent Strategies Coordinator,” said Davenport. “I look forward to leveraging my background in communication and higher education to foster workforce development and contribute to the economic growth of the region.”


Virginia’s New River Valley: Virginia’s New River Valley is an eclectic mix of interconnected small towns that each offer their own unique vibe and appeal. The region provides an abundance of cultural and social offerings due to the presence of three world-class universities, while retaining the charm and benefits of small town living. The NRV is home to a diverse and innovative business community with companies that range from high-tech startups to foreign-based corporations to specialty agribusiness. These organizations benefit from the collaborative spirit of our region and a loyal, highly-skilled, and educated workforce. The scenic beauty of the region also fosters a deep connection to nature, which is deepened by access to outdoor recreation and the preservation of our natural environment. It’s clear why Virginia’s New River Valley is “A Natural Fit.”

Onward NRV: Onward NRV is a public/private, regional economic development organization whose mission is to attract and retain world class jobs, investment, and talent in Virginia’s New River Valley. It’s also a movement where leaders from business, government, and higher education work together to promote the economic vitality of the region.

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