Leadership

Team Members

Director of Marketing Brit Blalock
Director of Operations Virginia Sauer
Director of Acceleration Heather Milam

Brit Blalock

Director of Marketing

Brit has 12+ years of experience in marketing, communications, and fundraising strategy and execution. Prior to her time at The Depot, Brit worked for national brands like Goodwill Industries and the Better Business Bureau as well as for the UAB School of Medicine. She holds a B.A. from Samford University and an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University.

Virginia Sauer

Director of Operations

Virginia has 5+ years of experience in the nonprofit field. Prior to her time at The Depot, Virginia worked in education doing both undergraduate and graduate admissions as well as development. She gained experience in the entrepreneurial ecosystem during her time at the Birmingham Business Alliance and as a co-founder of the Bham BizHub. Virginia holds a B.A. from Washington and Lee University.

Director of Training Katherine Zobre
Experience Manager Shaun Pollard
Director of Facilities Blake Cooley

Shaun Pollard

Experience Manager

Shaun has served as the Experience Manager at Innovation Depot for nearly 16 years. Her job consists of many responsibilities, from customer service to billing. Shaun is also an entrepreneur who launched her own cleaning business (Pollard’s Janitorial Service) in 2014 and now serves several small businesses in the area.

Blake Cooley

Director of Facilities

Blake has 9 years of building maintenance experience as well as 20+ years of customer service experience. Prior to The Depot, he worked for a short line rail yard and for Alabama Power as a car knocker and boilermaker. All of his experience was obtained on job sites.

Director of Marketing Brit Blalock
Director of Operations Virginia Sauer

Brit Blalock

Director of Marketing

Brit has 12+ years of experience in marketing, communications, and fundraising strategy and execution. Prior to her time at The Depot, Brit worked for national brands like Goodwill Industries and the Better Business Bureau as well as for the UAB School of Medicine. She holds a B.A. from Samford University and an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University.

Virginia Sauer

Director of Operations

Virginia has 5+ years of experience in the nonprofit field. Prior to her time at The Depot, Virginia worked in education doing both undergraduate and graduate admissions as well as development. She gained experience in the entrepreneurial ecosystem during her time at the Birmingham Business Alliance and as a co-founder of the Bham BizHub. Virginia holds a B.A. from Washington and Lee University.

Experience Manager Shaun Pollard
Director of Facilities Blake Cooley

Shaun Pollard

Experience Manager

Shaun has served as the Experience Manager at Innovation Depot for nearly 16 years. Her job consists of many responsibilities, from customer service to billing. Shaun is also an entrepreneur who launched her own cleaning business (Pollard’s Janitorial Service) in 2014 and now serves several small businesses in the area.

Blake Cooley

Director of Facilities

Blake has 9 years of building maintenance experience as well as 20+ years of customer service experience. Prior to The Depot, he worked for a short line rail yard and for Alabama Power as a car knocker and boilermaker. All of his experience was obtained on job sites.

The Depot is fortunate to have a board made up of many local Birmingham leaders. Together, they help guide Innovation Depot toward growing its impact.

Board Members

Ecosystem Builders

The most successful founders often attribute their success to their network. That’s why—as a resource for our founders—the Depot curates a community of mentors, entrepreneurs-in-residence, and specialists who want to share their knowledge. Our network of Ecosystem Builders (EBs) understand that you only have to be one step ahead in order to lead. They inspire, compel, and help founders identify the most impactful and promising path forward. EBs energize our diverse communities of founders to hustle and turn the once unimaginable into something dynamic.

If you’d like to learn more about becoming one of our EBs, please reach out to our Director of Training, Katherine Zobre at katherine@innovationdepot.org.