Our staff reflects the organization's dedication to empowering young Virginians in state politics.
Jared Calfee, Executive Director
Jared manages all of the day to day operations of Virginia21 including program development, fundraising, communications, 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 daughter, Walker, and their spoiled dog, Delaney.
Kate Slayton, Director of Programming
Kate is responsible for overseeing major aspects of the Virginia21 program, including student chapter management, growth, and sustainability; leadership and professional development; and promoting a culture of civic engagement. Previously, Kate worked as a member of the development team at the Maymont Foundation. She currently serves on the Children’s Home Society of Virginia’s Junior Board and the Dooley Noted Society at Maymont. Kate was a member of the 2014 graduating class at the College of William & Mary. Her greatest achievement to date is rescuing a paralyzed baby lamb and delivering her to a special needs livestock sanctuary, Goats of Anarchy.
Kate has been a long time lover of politics and is an avid supporter of the Millennial generation, believing that there has never before been such a well-rounded and civic-minded generation entering the workforce. For fun, Kate enjoys yoga, running, pushing the limits on coffee consumption, and constantly annoying her friends with bad puns. Kate grew up in Danville, Virginia and now resides in Scott’s Addition, which she will tell you within three minutes of meeting her.
Julia Billingsley, Policy Director
Julia leads Virginia21’s growing efforts in policy research, development, and education, as well as organizing and advocacy. She serves as the primary lobbyist for Virginia21 Action, our 501(c)4 affiliate organization. Julia has previously worked as a legislative aide in the General Assembly and as a staff member to the Lieutenant Governor. While a student, she 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.
Julia has been a longtime education advocate and first became involved with Virginia21 as a student leader during her freshman year of college to promote civic engagement on campus and elevate the issues championed by young people. A Virginia Tech alumna, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public & Urban Affairs with a concentration in Public Policy. Julia loves traveling to new places and exploring RVA by catching live music, supporting local businesses and producers, and taking many trips to the James River. Originally from beautiful Highland County, Virginia, she now lives in Richmond's historic Fan District.