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. 


Brent Ashley

Former SGA at Virginia Tech President
Virginia21 at Virginia Tech Leader

Asif Bhavnagri

Press Special Assistant
Office of the Governor

Travis Blankenship

Government Relations Specialist
Virginia Education Association

Charley Brown

Former Student Leadership Committee Co-Chair

Nico Climaco

Program Assistant
Break Away: The Alternative Spring Break Connection

Gilliam Hughes

Experienced Associate

Desiree Jenkins

Former President
Virginia21 at Norfolk State University

Paul Logan

Communications Director
Virginia Chamber of Commerce

Stephanie Lynch

Director of Medicaid Innovation
Virginia Association of Health Plans

Drew Marrs

Manager, Outreach and PAC Affairs
Norfolk Southern Corporation

Claire McNabb

Research Assistant
APCO Worldwide

Curt Mills

U.S. News and World Report

Annie Morris

Associate Director of Government Relations
Virginia Commonwealth University

Ashley Myers

State Governmental Relations Coordinator
University of Virginia

Jamie Nolan

Finance Director
Virginia Joint Democratic Caucus

Tucker Obenshain

Research Associate
McGuireWoods Consulting

Ryan O’Toole

Director of Market Development

Waylin Ross

Director of Advocacy & Legislative Affairs
National Urban League Young Professionals

Lauren Schmitt

Director of Government Relations
The Hillbridge Group

Meg Schwenzfeier

The Analyst Institute

Joe Stanley

Senior Business Analyst
Federal Reserve System

Eric Steigleder

Public Relations & Marketing Director
The Valentine

Taylor Stephens

Legislative Assistant
Senator Richard Stuart

George Stewart

Special Assistant
Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade

Karen Tirelis

Former Student Leadership Committee Co-Chair

Jamar Walker

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

Amanda Weaver

Williams Mullen