Virginia21’s Board of Directors are business leaders, former elected officials, higher education professionals, young professionals and some of the most impactful movers and shakers in Virginia. They all have the vision to educate Virginia’s future leaders and to support their efforts to make a difference in their communities.

ANNE SCHLUSSLER, CHAIR

Founder/Partner, Clarity Staffing

Richmond, VA

WILL PAYNE, FUNDRAISING CHAIR

Principal, Bull Moose Strategies

Richmond, VA

JAMES K. BEAZLEY, TREASURER

External Affairs Manager, Dominion Resources

Richmond, VA

DAVE SOLIMINI, VIRGINIA21 CO-FOUNDER, SECRETARY

Principal, The Incite Agency

Washington, DC

BRIAN R. CANNON, VIRGINIA21 CO-FOUNDER

Executive Director, OneVirginia2021

Richmond, VA

DEMAS BOUDREAUX

Legislative Liaison, Virginia Housing Development Authority

Richmond, VA

S. DOUGLAS BUNCH

Attorney at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC

Washington D.C.

THE HONORABLE DONALD FINLEY

President, Virginia Business Higher Education Council &
Former Secretary of Education

Richmond, VA

MICHAEL FOREHAND

Vice President, Government Relations and Counsel, Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce

Tysons, VA

THE HONORABLE LAURA FORNASH

Special Assistant to President for Government Affairs, University of Virginia
Former Virginia Secretary of Education

Richmond, VA

THE HONORABLE JOHN H. HAGER

Lt. Governor of Virginia (1998-2002)

Richmond, VA

ALLISON JONES

Assistant Vice President, McGuireWoods Consulting

Richmond, VA

RICHARD 'DREW' MARRS

Government Relations, Norfolk Southern

Washington, DC

RICHARD MCDONNELL

Manager, Political Affairs and GM PAC, General Motors Company

Washington, D.C.

THOMAS W. MINNICK

Chairman, National Counseling Group

Marshall, VA

EDDIE O’LEARY

President, CO+LAB Multimedia LLC

Richmond, VA

JAY S. POOLE

Principal, Hirschler Fleischer Consulting LLC

Richmond, VA

MARILYN H. WEST

Chairman/CEO, M.H. West & Co., Inc.

Richmond, VA