Kevin Byrd, AICPExecutive Director
Kevin began working for the Commission in 2005 as a Regional Planner and was appointed Executive Director in October 2009. He has over 15 years of community development experience in the public sector at the town, county and regional levels of government along with private sector consulting experience. He has a Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech and a Bachelor of Science degree from Appalachian State University.
He is currently serving as Past President of the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO); Secretary/Treasurer of the Virginia Association of Planning District Commissions, and is on the Board of Directors for Carilion Clinic-NRV; Live, Work, Eat, Grow, Inc.; and the Southeast Regional Directors Institute.
He has received the Distinguished Business Leader of the Year Award from the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce and the President’s Award from the Virginia Association of Planning District Commissions. In 2018 the New River Valley Regional Commission was selected as the Best Place to Work government category by the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce.
When not working, you can often find Kevin running the roads and trails around the region or wetting a line in search of fish.