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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Tim Cywinski, Director of Engagement

Tim Cywinski is the Director of Engagement at Virginia21. He is responsible for coordinating civic action among Virginia21 members, managing the organization's leadership program and election activity, creating civic-education content, and forging relationships with the press and civic partners. Tim is also a member of the Urban League of Greater Richmond Young Professionals' civic engagement committee and serves as a guest trainer of political communications for the Front Line Leader's Academy. 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 election campaigns.  In addition to his full-time position, Tim presents training on advocacy, strategic communications, and lobbying to various audiences and civic organizations around the Commonwealth and D.C. Tim earned a bachelor’s in Political Science from Roanoke College and now resides in Richmond, VA. In his free time, Tim enjoys playing kickball, writing, and forcing friends to attend his karaoke “concerts”. 

 

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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.

 

Alicia Jiggetts, Policy Intern

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Alicia is a senior at the University of Richmond double-majoring in Criminal Justice and Political Science and double-minoring in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Law and Liberal Arts. She has been on the Student Leadership Committee of Virginia21 since 2016 and currently serves as the Vice-Chair. As both a scholar and community activist, she has dedicated much of her time to service in the Richmond community, working in local government and public policy. She is passionate about social justice and believes that young people have the power to change the world for the better. Her future plans are to go to law school and become the first African American woman on the U.S. Supreme Court.

In her free time, Alicia likes to write creative fiction stories and listen to music.