Virginia21’s junior board, the Young Professionals Advisory Council, is made up of a diverse and driven group of YPs who work together to educate, inspire, connect, and transform young professionals through networking, professional development, and service opportunities.


Corey Miles, Chair

Ph. D. Student and Graduate Teaching Assistant - Wilder School of Government

Ryan O’Toole, Vice Chair

Government Relations Professional - Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies

Lauren Gilbert, Recruitment Co-Chair

Associate Director & Director of Programs - The Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership

Mark Hickman, Recruitment Co-Chair

Manager of Government Affairs - Commonwealth Strategy Group

Annie Morris, Special Events Co-Chair

Director of State Government Relations - Old Dominion University

Katie Pillis - Special Events Co-Chair

Constituent Services Representative - U.S. Senator Mark Warner

Katharine Ransom, Roanoke Special Events Chair

Ph. D. Student - California Institute of Integral Studies 

Brent Ashley

Associate - Hirschler Law

Asif Bhavnagri

Policy Advisor - Office of the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security

Travis Blankenship

Assistant Vice President, MWC Advocacy - McGuireWoods Consulting, LLC

Charley Brown

Industrial Consultant - Apple Valley Scale Company

Angel Clarke

Vice President & Community Relations Manager - Bank of America

Jessica Diaz

Graduate Student - Virginia Commonwealth University

Emily Dunne

Administrative Assistant - Virginia Farm Bureau

Ashley Myers Hood

Senior Director for State Government Relations - Virginia Commonwealth University

Gilliam Hughes

Senior Associate - PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP

Stephanie Lynch

Director of Government Affairs, Strategy and Development - Good Neighbor

Eric Steigleder

Public Relations & Marketing Director - The Valentine

George Stewart

Director of Business Devlopement - PayIt, LLC

Jamar Walker

Assistant U.S. Attorney - Office of the U.S. Attorney

Amanda Weaver

Attorney - Williams Mullen