Lee Anne Nance, who left her job as chief operating officer at the research Triangle Regional Partnership to launch a consulting firm, is joining Raleigh-based Stewart as its chief strategic officer.

Nance left the RTRP in July of 2016 in the midst of several management changes, including the retirement of long-time CEO Charles Hayes. Nance launched Britt Nance Collaborative and had worked with Stewart.

“Through my economic development work as principal of Britt Nance Collaborative, I’ve had the chance to work extensively with Stewart,” Nance said. “Now as the company continues to grow, it’s a special opportunity to bring my talents and expertise to a company with a culture I love, developing its brand and presence in existing and new markets.”

Stewart is a growing firm that focuses on design, engineering and land planning.

Nance will focus on brand, market development, awareness and strategic planning, the company says.

“Now, with more than 200 employees, the size and steady growth of Stewart requires the experience in management, big-picture strategy and economic development work that Lee Anne brings to the table,” said Willy Stewart, the CEO of Stewart, in a statement.

“She not only has the broad perspective and experience required to excel as CSO, but also understands the human element and connections that must happen at all levels of our business. Lee Anne holds the respect of the entire leadership team and we are honored to have her on board.”

Nance earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics at North Carolina State University.

Stewart maintains offices in Raleigh, Durham and Charlotte. Services offered include:

  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning and Design
  • Civil Engineering
  • Construction Services
  • Geomatics
  • Planning, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design
  • Sports and Events
  • Structural Engineering
  • Transportation Planning and Engineering