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: 2015-18
Member Since: 2012

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

Chuck James - Vice Chair/Secretary

Richmond
Current Term: 2017-20
Member Since: 2014

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: 2016-19
Member Since: 2016

Harris is Senior Policy Advisor with the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.

Jeff Britt

Richmond
Current Term: 2017-20
Member Since: 2014

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

Matthew Calkins

Great Falls
Current Term: 2016-19
Member Since: 2016

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

Tom Cosgrove

Williamsburg
Current Term: 2016-19
Member Since: 2015

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: 2017-20
Member Since: 2014

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

Ross Grogg

Richmond
Current Term: 2017-18
Ex-Officio Member Since: 2017

Grogg is a lobbyist with Kemper Consulting. He is a former legislative aide to Sen. Jeff McWaters (R-Virginia Beach).

Jeff Mitchell

Blacksburg
Current Term: 2017-20
Member Since: 2017

Mitchell, a business attorney based in Blacksburg, was Political Director of Democrat Mark Warner's U.S. Senate campaign in 1996. Mitchell is actively involved in Southwest Virginia issues.

Kenton Ngo

Arlington
Current Term: 2015-18
Member Since: 2015

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: 2016-19
Member Since: 2012

Pollard works as a consultant to nonprofit and conservation clients. He is a former Democratic state delegate from the Northern Neck.

Larry Roberts

Arlington
Current Term: 2016-19
Member Since: 2012

Roberts is a partner with Venable LLP. He has served as Counselor to Gov. Tim Kaine and chaired successful statewide campaigns for Kaine and Justin Fairfax.

Ann Rust

Herndon
Current Term: 2015-18
Member Since: 2012

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

Nancy Smith

Henrico
Current Term: 2017-20
Member Since: 2017

Smith is Political Director for Middle Resolution PAC and former campaign manager for Congressman Dave Brat (R-Henrico).

Ed Scott

Madison
Current Term: 2015-18
Member Since: 2015

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: 2016-19
Member Since: 2016

Stottlemyer is CEO of Inova Center for Personalized Health.

Cathie Vick

Virginia Beach
Current Term: 2015-18
Member Since: 2015

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: 2016-19
Member Since: 2016

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