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.

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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.