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Jared Calfee, Executive Director

Jared manages all of the day to day operations of Virginia21 including fundraising, policy research, and administration. Prior to joining Virginia21, Jared spent a year and a half at VPAP. He has worked on a number of political and issue campaigns, as a legislative aide in the General Assembly, and done non-profit and communications consulting.

Jared is passionate about civic engagement and the importance of higher education. He earned a degree in Government from the College of William and Mary, and is an avid sports fan and political junkie. He lives in Henrico with his wife, Alicia, his daughters, Walker and Kessler, and their dog, Delaney.

Kate Slayton, Deputy Director

Kate oversees the strategic development of Virginia21’s program, external communications, and serves as the organizational liaison to Virginia's college students. She manages all student leader development, communications, and recruitment. Prior to this role, Kate served as the Development Director at Virginia21. 

She is currently Chairwoman of the Children’s Home Society of Virginia junior board. She is a graduate of the College of William and Mary (’14) and the Sorensen Emerging Leaders Program (’19). She lives in Richmond with her two cats, Porky and Charlotte. 

 Julia Billingsley, Policy Director

Julia leads Virginia21’s growing efforts in policy research, development, and education, as well as organizing and advocacy. In this role, Julia is the primary lobbyist for Virginia21 Action, our 501(c)4 affiliate organization. She has previously worked as a legislative aide in the General Assembly and as a staff member to the Lieutenant Governor.

Julia is a Virginia Tech alumna, where she studied Public & Urban Affairs. While a student she also served as a Governor’s Fellow in the Office of the Secretary of Education and was appointed to Governor McAuliffe’s Millennial Civic Engagement Task Force. Originally from beautiful Highland County, Virginia, she now lives in Richmond's fan district with her cat, Emory.


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