Bea Wray has been named the new executive director of The Creative Coast. She will begin May 20.
Wray's application was one of about 300 for the job previously held by Jake Hodesh, who returned to his native Ohio.
Wray, however, has Savannah roots. Both parents are Savannah High grads and "both of her grandmothers worked on Broughton Street," according to the announcement.
Creative Coast board president Dana Braun said, “The Board is confident that under her direction, The Creative Coast will be taken to the next level.”
Wray has contributed to Savannah’s Creative Coast for more than a decade. She brought investors and entrepreneurs to StartUp Lounge, served as a FastPitch coach, has been a featured speaker at the brown bag lunch series on the Georgia Tech Savannah campus, and contributed to the ATDC Executive Roundtable.
She is part of the StartupChicks Savannah leadership team encouraging female entrepreneurs and served on the board of the Coastal Venture Investment Forum. She has also participated in the Ariel Savannah Angel Partners and partnered with Seacoast Synergy.
Wray has an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and a B.A. from Emory University.