Leadership

Board of Directors: The volunteer, unpaid board charts the organization's strategic course and ensures it is effectively carrying out its mission.

Nicole Riley - Chair

Richmond
Current Term: 2016-18
Member Since: 2013

Riley is the State Director of the National Federation of Independent Business in Richmond.

Chuck James - Vice Chair/Secretary

Richmond
Current Term: 2015-17
Member Since: 2015

James is a partner Williams Mullen. A former federal prosecutor, he served as chief deputy to Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

Jack Harris - Treasurer

Richmond
Current Term: 2017-19
Member Since: 2017

Harris is Senior Policy Analyst with the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association

Jeff Britt

Richmond
Current Term: 2015-17
Member Since: 2015

Britt is a vice president at McGuireWoods Consulting. His political background includes work on two GOP statewide campaigns.

Matthew Calkins

Great Falls
Current Term: 2017-19
Member Since: 2017

Calkins is CEO of Appian, a business process software company.

Leslie Cheek III

Warrenton
Current Term: 2015-17
Member Since: 2015

Cheek is active in local and state conservation politics. He is a member of the Virginia League of Conservation Voters board and the Fauquier County Republican Committee.

Tom Cosgrove

Williamsburg
Current Term: 2016-18
Member Since: 2016

Cosgrove is manager of Corporate, Citizenship & Government Relations at Newport News Shipbuilding. He is a former executive director of the Virginia Senate Republican Caucus.

Margaret Edds

Richmond
Current Term: 2015-17
Member Since: 2015

Edds is an author who worked more than 30 years as a political reporter and later an editorial writer for The Virginian-Pilot.

Jeff Merriman

Richmond
Current Term: 2015-17
Member Since: 2009

Merriman is a Richmond-based community affairs manager with Verizon.

Kenton Ngo

Arlington
Current Term: 2016-18
Member Since: 2016

Ngo is director of analytics for the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. He has worked as a Democratic strategist specializing in polling, mapping, digital and data.

Albert Pollard

Lancaster
Current Term: 2017-19
Member Since: 2012

Pollard is a former state lawmaker from Lancaster County.

Larry Roberts - Chair

Arlington
Current Term: 2017-19
Member Since: 2013

Roberts is a partner with Venable LLP. He is a former counselor to Gov. Tim Kaine.

Ann Rust

Herndon
Current Term: 2016-18
Member Since: 2013

Rust is a former State Director for US Sen. Mark Warner (D-Virginia) and District Director for US Rep. Tom Davis (R-Virginia).

Ed Scott

Madison
Current Term: 2016-18
Member Since: 2016

Scott is a former GOP legislator who represented a mostly rural swath of the Piedmont from to 2004-16. He is a partner in a business specializing in alternative septic systems.

Todd Stottlemyer

Oakton
Current Term: 2017-19
Member Since: 2017

Stottlemyer is CEO of Inova Center for Personalized Health.

Cathie Vick

Virginia Beach
Current Term: 2016-18
Member Since: 2016

Vick is chief public affairs officer for the Port of Virginia. Her previous positions have included government relations for Virginia Natural Gas and deputy director in the McDonnell administration.

Deborah Wyld

Smithfield
Current Term: 2017-19
Member Since: 2017

Wyld is an arts advocate and retired head of the Norfolk Southern Foundation.

Nicole Pugar

Richmond
Current Term: 2017-19
Ex-Officio Member Since: 2017

Pugar is a director of government relations with Williams Mullen.