Virginia A. Hepner became President and Chief Executive Officer of the Woodruff Arts Center on July 1, 2012. A former corporate banker with Wachovia, she had a 25-year career with the firm including leadership roles as Executive Vice President and Head of US Corporate Finance, and Manager of the Foreign Exchange and Derivatives Trading Group. Subsequently, she has served in interim director positions for a variety of non-profit organizations including The Atlanta Ballet, Brand Atlanta, Inc., and Young Audiences at the Woodruff Arts Center. She has been a business consultant and is a partner in a private real estate investment entity. Virginia is a Director of State Bank & Trust Company and State Bank Financial Corporation.
Virginia has been active in community service for many years, and currently serves on the boards of the Woodruff Arts Center, Metro Atlanta Chamber, Midtown Alliance, ACVB, the Penn Institute for Urban Research, The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta Endowment Board, and the Service Advisory Board for Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. Virginia is a member of the International Women’s Forum and Rotary International. Past board membership includes service with The Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund, The Atlanta Chapter of the American Red Cross, The Paideia School, The Wharton School, and the Emory University Board of Visitors.
Ms. Hepner has been honored to receive the City of Atlanta Phoenix Award, Image Film Festival Community Award, Lexus Leader of the Arts, Atlanta YWCA Woman of Achievement, Business to Business Leader Award, and the Outstanding Partner Award from The Home Depot.
Virginia has a BS in Finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and attended the JL Kellogg School of Northwestern University for an MBA. She held NASD Securities licenses Series 7, 24 and 63. She is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta, the Georgia Regional Leadership Institute, and the MAACC Arts Leadership Program. A native of Arkansas, Virginia, her husband, and their two children now reside in Atlanta, Georgia.