Leadership

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

Albert Pollard - Chairman

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.

Jeff Britt - Vice Chair/Secretary

Richmond
Current Term: 2017-20
Member Since: 2014

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

Jack Harris - Treasurer

Richmond
Current Term: 2016-19
Member Since: 2016

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

Matthew Calkins

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

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

Nneka Chiazor

Virginia Beach
Current Term: 2019-21
Member Since: 2019

Chiazor is Vice President for Public and Government Affairs at Cox Communications.

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.

Marvin Figueroa

Richmond
Current Term: 2019-21
Member Since: 2019

Figueroa serves as deputy secretary of Health and Human Resources in the Northam administration. He is a former senior advisor to Sen. Mark Warner.

Carol Ford

Fairfax Station
Current Term: 2019-21
Member Since: 2019

Ford is assistant to the CEO at SERCO Inc. She is a former constituent services representative for Republican Rep. Tom Davis and Democratic Sen. Mark Warner.

Chuck James

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.

Bill Leighty

Bon Air
Current Term: 2019-21
Member Since: 2019

Leighty, a partner in DesignSmart LLC, served as chief of staff to Governors Mark Warner and Tim Kaine.

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.

John O'Bannon

Henrico County
Current Term: 2019-21
Member Since: 2019

O'Bannon, a physician, is a former Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates.

Nicole Riley

Richmond
Current Term: 2015-18
Member Since: 2012

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

Larry Roberts

Arlington
Current Term: 2016-19
Member Since: 2012

Roberts is Senior Advisor to Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax. He has served as Counselor to Gov. Tim Kaine and chaired successful statewide campaigns for Kaine and Justin Fairfax.

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).

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).