The Virginia21 staff is made up of dedicated young people committed to helping millennials influence 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.
Tim Cywinski, Director of Engagement
Tim is responsible for coordinating action among all Virginia21 leaders, managing the organization's program, and building relationships with other like-minded organizations and the press. He previously worked as an organizer and Project Manager for the National Education Association's "Degrees not Debt" campaign in Arizona and has held numerous political operative positions in national, state, and local campaigns. Tim earned a bachelor’s in Political Science from Roanoke College, and he now resides in Richmond, VA. In his free time, Tim enjoys rock climbing, writing, and forcing friends to attend his karaoke concerts.
Kate Slayton (KK), Development Director
Kate is the newest addition to the Virginia21 staff, and the organization's first development director. She is responsible for fund development, building donor relationships, and sustaining Virginia21’s presence to ensure the voices of young Virginians are heard in the state capital. Previously, Kate worked as a member of the development team at the Maymont Foundation. She currently serves on the Virginia League of Planned Parenthood Young Professionals Council, 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, where she will now live a full life.
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 hiking, yoga, pushing the limits on coffee consumption, and constantly annoying her friends with bad puns. Kate grew up in Danville, Virginia and now resides in Henrico, two blocks from her boss– which isn’t weird at all.
Gerica Goodman, Policy Director
Gerica is responsible for managing, directing, and executing Virginia21’s advocacy efforts. Prior to joining Virginia21, she worked in the College of Business at Virginia Tech and in enrollment management and development at George Mason University. She has also worked as a management consultant supporting various nonprofits to improve their communications and fundraising programs. Gerica holds a Master’s in Public Administration and Bachelor of Science in Psychology from George Mason University. She also studied abroad at the University of Fribourg in Fribourg, Switzerland. Gerica is originally from Suffolk, VA and currently resides in Richmond, VA.
Emily Dunne, Development Intern
Emily assists the Development Director with donor outreach, research, fundraising. She is a senior studying political science and history at VCU. Originally from Northern Virginia but likes to think of Richmond as a home away from home. Emily has previously worked on political campaigns both at home and abroad. She's had a desire to get involved in politics from a young age and is excited to work for an organization so determined to promote young people and their involvement in politics. In her free time, Emily enjoys being outdoors, cycling with her dad, cooking, and hanging out with her bunny, Lou.
Devin Lanier, Communications Intern
Devin helps out with the organization's communications and engagement by writing blogs, maintaining social media presence, and creating graphic design materials. Devin is a senior at Virginia Commonwealth University majoring in public relations and minoring in general business. Before coming to VCU, she earned her Associate’s Degree from Blue Ridge Community College. Originally from Harrisonburg, Virginia, she now calls Richmond home and loves living in the city. She first found her love for writing for an audience after her travel blog became viral in the summer of 2014 amidst a cross country road trip. After the trip was over, she didn't want her writing to be. She is excited to be involved with Virginia21 and to write and promote involvement in politics to young people.
In her free time, she hangs out with her cat, Oliver, loves to cook and experiment with new foods and loves traveling and visiting new places. She also loves tacos from En Su Boca (a Tex-Mex restaurant in Richmond).