Victoria Caroline Hollis
Victoria was born in New York City and lived in Pittsburgh and Louisville before moving to Alabama in 2003. A two-time graduate from Auburn University, her credentials include twin Bachelor’s degrees in English and Psychology; a Master’s in English; supplemental coursework in Graphic Design; and a Doctorate of Education in K-12 Leadership, Policy, and Organizations from Vanderbilt University. A former adjunct instructor of freshman composition at AUM, Victoria demonstrates a distinct enthusiasm for education reform, progressive teaching strategies, and building relationships with people in the school community. She is the Vice President of the Five Points South Neighborhood Association; on the Board of Directors for the Five Points Alliance and local NPR-affiliate WBHM’s Friends Board; a speaking coach for TEDxBirmingham; an alumni of the Alabama Leadership Initiative; a recipient of the Vulcan Newcomer Spear Award in 2016; and a member of the Birmingham Business Journal’s Top Forty Under Forty Class of 2018. As program director, Victoria designed and built the foundation of Ed’s signature programming, Educate Local, and in her current role as strategy director is researching and developing new opportunities for Ed to innovate around education. In her free time, Victoria enjoys revitalizing her 100-year-old historic home, reading postmodern fiction, and adding to a growing collection of antique and vintage furniture.
Watch “Educate Local,” Victoria’s talk from TEDxBirmingham 2014, here.