Meet Our Team

The Beaufort Digital Corridor is a highly collaborative organization with advisors hailing from the Beaufort tech community and beyond. This allows us to stay lean, relevant and highly responsive to the dynamic needs of our technology entrepreneurs and tech-related businesses. We believe in community-sourced intelligence as the preferred way to operate.

The BDC Foundation Board of Directors sets the priorities for the organization and the Executive Director carries them out. The Leadership team at the Charleston Digital Corridor mentors and assist as needed.

  • Jess O'Brien

    Executive Director
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    Name: Jess O'Brien

    Job title: Executive Director

    Hometown: Valdosta, GA

    Alma Mater: The University of Georgia - Grady College of Journalism

    Favorite animal: Anything feline (cats, jaguars, cougars, tigers, lions, etc.)

    Zodiac sign: Leo

    Fun fact: I was once featured on a reality tv show!

    Jess O'Brien is a former digital marketing leader with a proven track record of managing agency teams and clients. She discovered her love of fostering start-ups during a previous stint at an agency located within Atlanta Tech Village. Since, she has worked with companies of all sizes, from SMBs to national franchises. While Jess' career has taken her across the Southeast, she relocated from Atlanta, GA to Beaufort in 2014, and is proud to call the town her home. Jess served on the BDC Foundation as a volunteer Board Member from 2017-2020, and has been employed full-time as the Executive Director of the BDC since 2021. Outside of the office, she enjoys singing, writing music, gardening, reading, and taking in the many beautiful Lowcountry views.

  • Fombe Fombe

    Cyber Program Manager
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    Name: Fombe Vanny Fombe

    Job title: Cyber Program Manager

    Hometown: Bamenda, Cameroon

    Alma Mater: Sacred Heart College

    Favorite animal: Lion

    Zodiac sign: Pisces

    Fun fact: I have a phobia of horses!

    Fombe Fombe is pleased to have joined the Beaufort Digital Corridor team as its Cyber Program Manager. Before stepping into this position, he previously served in the U.S. Navy for over eight years. A proud veteran, he valued his time in the military as an X-Ray Technician, but is making a long-awaited shift into the field of cybersecurity analysis. Fombe is currently in the process of preparing for the Security+ Certification, with an ultimate goal of becoming a CISO (Chief Information Security Officer) or CISM (Certified Information Security Manager). His passion for helping other transitioning service members complements his duties at the Beaufort Digital Corridor. Fombe is also an automobile enthusiast, and spends time learning and helping at Safehands Discount Tires when not at the BDC.