Brynn Grant was named chief operating officer at the Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA) in February 2013. She also serves as vice president of the World Trade Center Savannah.
In her role at SEDA, Grant works to make Savannah and SEDA as competitive as possible in the effort to create, grow and attract business. Having spearheaded the organization’s Competitive Analysis and Target Industry Study, she works to fully integrate Savannah’s assets, efforts and organizations for the greatest possible economic success.
After working with a small team of SEDA board members to evaluate international business development strategies, which led to the securing of a World Trade Center Association license for Savannah, Grant was asked to lead the startup of the organization.
Grant first joined SEDA served the organization as director of marketing and public relations from 1996 to 1999 and then rejoined the organization in the same role in 2004. Under her direction, many of SEDA’s marketing programs and materials have been recognized nationally and internationally. In 1998, the year JCB announced the location of its North American headquarters in Savannah, SEDA was named one of the Top Ten Development Groups in North America by Conway Data/Site Selection magazine.
From 2008 until 2010, Grant served as the executive director of The Creative Coast Alliance and vice president of marketing at SEDA.
Between the two terms of employment at SEDA, Grant served in several capacities. She was vice president of communications for EM Services, Inc. and later served as marketing and development director for the Savannah Music Festival. Grant proudly represented Savannah Technical College as director of development and executive director of the Savannah Technical College Foundation.
In 2007, she was named on the Top Ten Working Women by AWWIN. In 2009, she was given the Community Advocate of the Year award by the Small Business Chamber of Savannah and in March 2013, she was named a Woman of Distinction by the Girls Scouts of Historic Georgia.
Grant has served on the board of the local chapter of Junior Achievement and the Savannah State University Community Development Corporation. She now serves on the Savannah Technical College Foundation Board of Directors, Georgia Southern University College of Science and Mathematics Advisory Board, Savannah State University College of Business Advisory Board and the Oglethorpe Charter School community board.