Eta Nahapetian

Economic Initiatives Coordinator, Fairfax County, VA

Eta Nahapetian is the Economic Initiatives Coordinator for Fairfax County. As the Economic Initiatives Coordinator, she guided the development of the county’s Economic Success Plan and innovation and smart communities strategies. She has developed and implemented key strategic initiatives – including leading a multi-stakeholder team to develop and implement the first state-funded autonomous vehicle pilot project in Virginia public transportation and has organized the first Hackathons hosted by Fairfax County. The events drew teams from private companies, universities, and individual entrepreneurs and addressed key challenges for the region, including mobility, transportation and affordable and accessible housing.

Eta joined Fairfax County in 2001 and previously was the Business Process Manager in the county’s Land Development Services where she led cross functional teams in the development and implementation of key strategic initiatives. Eta’s experience prior coming to Fairfax includes pricing and operations for a rapidly growing internet start-up in Silicon Valley; finance in the international division for E & J Gallo Winery, the largest winery in the world; and project development and evaluation for an international development organization on projects ranging from agribusiness in Egypt to banking in Russia. Eta holds a Masters of Business Administration with a Concentration in Global Management from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Tufts University. She also holds certificates in project management and process management

Tuesday, October 1
3:00 pm - 4:15 pm • City Readiness Hub: Fairfax Countycity readiness hub
The City Readiness Hub sessions are unscripted mentoring sessions that allow one city to receive targeted advice from smart city practitioners in another city that is further along the path to creating more livable, workable, and sustainable communities. This session features Fairfax County, Virginia which has identified Transportation and Economic Development as priorities in developing a smart city. They will talk through some of the common challenges and success stories each has faced in on-boarding smart city projects in these areas.