The Greenville-Pitt County Convention & Visitors Bureau (Visit Greenville, NC) is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Brenda Fairfax to the Pitt-Greenville Convention & Visitors Authority board of directors.
“We are excited to have Dr. Fairfax as a member of the CVA Board of Directors,” stated Andrew Schmidt, President & CEO of Visit Greenville, NC. “Her diverse educational background, combined with her global travel experiences will truly benefit our organization and mission as we continue to work towards becoming a regional and national destination.”
Dr. Brenda James Fairfax is a native of Greenville, but left after graduating from J.H. Rose High School for the opportunity to live and work in Europe, traveling and meeting people from diverse backgrounds. She attended the Senior Executive Fellows Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She later went on to earn a Doctorate in Education with a focus in Organizational Leadership.
Dr. Fairfax retired in 2008, after a successful career of over 33 years in federal government, serving as the Information Assurance Manager for a Department of Defense headquarters in Northern Virginia, where she developed and promulgated the 5,000 employee agency-wide information assurance policies and programs for systems, classified and unclassified networks, and website certification and accreditation. She was also fully engaged in all aspects of human resources, supervised government and contract personnel, provided training for terminal area security officers, investigated and reported on all computer-related incidents, and spoke on conflict resolution management at the Women’s Leadership Symposium.
Her extensive job-related and personal travels sparked a strong interest in the travel industry, leading her to form Nomadic Star Travel, LLC in 2006 while still living in Northern Virginia. Nomadic Star Travel currently operates in both Virginia and North Carolina, with travel consultants researching and booking personalized travel accommodations and experiences tailored to their customer’s interests and budgets.
Since returning to Greenville in 2009, Dr. Fairfax has served on several boards, including Joyner Library, East Carolina University, National Active and Retired Federal Employees for Pitt County Chapter; Women for Women Pitt County, and is actively serving as a member of the State of North Carolina’s Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists Board of Examiners.
Dr. Fairfax lives with her husband, James A. Fairfax, a critically acclaimed and widely exhibited artist working extensively with a variety of visual media.