Our YPAC is a diverse group of 18-35 year-olds that ensure Virginia21 is confronting the issues facing all young people. The council serves as a guiding force which provides feedback on VA21 programming and the commitments of the organization. Members also serve as mentors to Virginia21 students to assist with networking and career readiness. 


Desiree Jenkins, Chair

Qualified Mental Health Professional, Children - National Counseling Group

Eric Steigleder, Vice Chair

Public Relations & Marketing Director - The Valentine

Travis Blankenship, Immediate Past Chair

Assistant Vice President, MWC Advocacy - McGuireWoods Consulting, LLC

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

Jamie Nolan, Special Events Co-Chair

Finance Director - Commonwealth Victory Fund

Ryan O’Toole, Special Events Co-Chair

Government Relations Professional - Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies

Asif Bhavnagri

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

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

State Governmental Relations Coordinator - University of Virginia

Gilliam Hughes

Senior Associate - PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP

Stephanie Lynch

Director of Government Affairs, Strategy and Development - Good Neighbor

Joseph Maltby

Change Management Specialist - Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

Claire McNabb

Senior Analyst - APCO Worldwide

Kate Miceli

Labor Law Clerk - Senate HELP Committee

Corey Miles

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

Annie Morris

Director of State Government Relations - Old Dominion University

Katharine Ransom

Ph. D. Student - California Institute of Integral Studies 

L'Allegro Smith

Legislative Assistant - United States House of Representatives

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