Virginia21's Academic Alliance is a new coalition of our partners in protecting and enhancing higher education here in Virginia. The Academic Alliance is composed of policy leaders and higher education experts from across the state, and their support is crucial to giving our students the tools they need to effectively advocate on the issues that matter most to them.

Virginia21's Academic Alliance is a coalition of higher education policy leaders and experts who have joined us in providing increased access, quality curricula, and well-rounded experiences at the Commonwealth's higher education institutions.

Support from the Academic Alliance is critically important to supporting the work of Virginia21 as we join young leaders from across our state to fight for quality learning opportunties for all young Virginians.



Peter Blake

Director, State Council of Higher Education in Virginia

Fran C. Bradford


Mark Smith

Executive Director of State Government Relations, George Mason University

Betsey Daley

Associate Vice President for State Governmental Relations, University of Virginia

Elizabeth Hooper

Director of State Relations, Virginia Tech

Tom Kramer

Director of External Relations, Christopher Newport University

Osubi Craig

Special Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives and Special Projects, Virginia State University

Ellen Davenport

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Governmental Relations, Virginia Community College Systems

Lisa Ghidotti

Radford University Director of State Government Relations, Radford University

Annie Morris

Deputy Director of Government Relations, Virginia Commonwealth University

Ashley Meyers Hood

State Governmental Relations Coordinator, University of Virginia

Rakan Alzarqua

Chapter Leader, Virginia21 @ Christopher Newport University