David Poole

Executive Director


David Poole founded VPAP in 1997. He is a Florida native and graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill. He worked as a newspaper reporter from 1983 to 1997. His last assignment was state capital correspondent for The Roanoke Times and Virginian-Pilot. He commutes to work three miles by bicycle. He and his wife, Clare, have a son, Tucker.

Kathy Cashel

Web Developer


Kathy Cashel has worked on since 2001. She is a full-stack developer, working mostly with nonprofits. Kathy grew up in the DC area and is a graduate of the University of Rochester. She's also a musician long active in the DC punk scene. She and her husband, Greg, live in Mount Rainier, MD.

Ric Arenstein

Major Gifts Officer


Ric Arenstein joined VPAP 2014. He is a Richmond native and graduated from the University of Miami (FL). He served in state government for two administrations and has been active in the real estate development business, as well as in extensive fundraising initiatives for non-profits throughout the greater Richmond community and beyond. He resides in western Henrico County with his wife, Rhona.

Jason Kostyk

Data Developer


Jason Kostyk joined VPAP in July 2016 as a Data Developer. Academically, he graduated from Old Dominion University with a degree in International Studies and extensive coursework in biological/physical sciences. His professional background is rooted in Information Technology, specifically on SQL development, database administration, and data engineering.

Ali Mislowsky

VaNews Coordinator


Ali Mislowsky joined VPAP as the VaNews Coordinator in December of 2016. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a double major in Journalism and Political Science and a Spanish minor. She’s worked in communications and development for nonprofits in Richmond, and lives in Byrd Park.

Michael Stanley

Data Analyst


Michael Stanley joined VPAP in September 2018 as a Data Analyst. He graduated from William & Mary with a degree in economics and philosophy, and has previous experience in economic research. He lives with his wife Kharis in Richmond.

Max Lee

Visual Developer


Max Lee joined VPAP in December 2020 as a visual/web developer. He has previously worked as a reporter at the Northern Virginia Daily in Strasburg and received a master's degree in journalism from Stanford University. He currently lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

Alicia Cundiff

Content Director


Alicia Cundiff joined VPAP in May 2021 and oversees data visualizations and the team that produces them. This new position strengthens one of the primary ways that VPAP elevates public understanding of Virginia politics. Alicia joins us from Spotts Fain, where she was a Government Affairs Specialist, representing clients across a broad spectrum of policy areas. Alicia is a Gainesville, Va. native and graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Government. She resides in Richmond's Church Hill neighborhood with her husband and daughter, where they are active members of East End Fellowship.