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.
James Morton, Deputy Director
James manages the Virginia21 program and assists the execution of our fundraising strategies. He is passionate about helping young people across the Commonwealth become empowered to influence the decisions that impact their lives. The youngest of four kids who all graduated from public universities in Virginia, his personal story fuels a desire to see greater investment in these institutions. Before joining Virginia21, he worked for a Washington, DC area real estate developer implementing community development and sustainability initiatives. James is a 2012 graduate of William & Mary where he earned a BA in government and religious studies.
In his spare time he sits on the boards of the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia, ROSMY, and William & Mary’s Gay and Lesbian Alumni Association. He is also an active member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, his home parish. A Hampton Roads native, James grew up along the coast and enjoys any opportunity to be on the water.
Tim Cywinski, Communications Director
Tim is responsible for crafting message strategies, building press relations, and maintaining Virginia21’s online presence to ensure the voices of young Virginians are influencing decision makers. Previously, Tim worked as an organizer for Change Corps where he led the National Education Association’s “Degrees not Debt” campaign at Arizona State University. He also held field organizer positions for congressional and state election races in Virginia and was an intern for U.S. Senator Tim Kaine’s Roanoke Office.
Tim became passionate about advocacy after a visiting a community suffering from generation poverty located in rural southwestern VA for a service project. He recognizes higher education as a vehicle which fosters economic opportunity. As such, Tim believes that cost should not prevent anyone from earning a degree, and student debt should not dictate what career a graduate will enter. Tim has a bachelor’s in Political Science from Roanoke College. He hails from Fauquier County, and enjoys rock climbing, writing, and subjecting friends to his karaoke ballads.
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.