Victoria Adams Phipps is a nonprofit executive and impact strategist who was pivotal in solidifying New Orleans’ status as a hub of entrepreneurial activity. She is the Chief Strategy Officer at the New Orleans Business Alliance, the economic development engine for the city of New Orleans. In this role, she leads operational strategy, program design, and stakeholder engagement, with emphasis on marketing and communications.
Most notably, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Victoria led relief efforts that generated $1.4MM in direct relief for New Orleanians, including gig economy workers, hospitality workers, and small businesses. Her work with the Gig Economy Relief Fund has received national acclaim from local and national media, including Forbes, Billboard, The Advocate | Times-Picayune, and Biz New Orleans.
Prior to joining the New Orleans Business Alliance team, Victoria was Executive Producer of New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, a week-long festival celebrating innovation and entrepreneurship that was a major driver of economic revitalization for New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina.
In this role, Victoria worked with organizations like Google, JPMorgan Chase, Salesforce.com, and Uber to engage over 50,000 event attendees, driving $4.3MM in funding and resources to local startup ventures. Her efforts contributed to New Orleans being ranked #5 City Where Entrepreneurship is Booming by Entrepreneur Magazine and solidified Inc. Magazine’s declaration that New Orleans is the “Coolest Startup City in America.”
Originally from, Miami, Florida, Victoria received her Bachelor of Science from Loyola University New Orleans and certification in Diversity & Inclusion from Cornell University. Victoria serves on the board of directors at Good Work Network, the Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center, and Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans, where she Chairs the Strategy Committee. She is Curator of the New Orleans Hub within Global Shapers, a global community of young leaders established by the World Economic Forum. She’s an active member of the Junior League of New Orleans, and an alumna of the New Leaders Council Institute. Victoria was named to Gambit’s 2016 40 Under 40 list and was recognized as one of New Orleans Magazine’s Top Female Achievers in 2018 and Biz New Orleans’ Women to Watch in 2020.