PLP Alumni News

McAuliffe appoints Fried, Britt and Hutchinson
Jun 3 2014 - 2:07pm

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has appointed Barbara Fried of Crozet and Dr. L.D. Britt of Suffolk to the University of Virginia Board of Visitors. Fried is former chair of the Sorensen Statewide Advisory Board. Britt (PLP Spring '94), was in the first Political Leaders Program class with Emily Couric. The governor also appointed Lucy Hutchinson (CLP 2005) to the James Madison University Board of Visitors. Hutchinson, of Falls Church, is a senior manager for executive and commercial recruiting of Capital One.

Block to direct Va. Juvenile Justice
Apr 11 2014 - 2:50pm

Gov. McAuliffe has named  Andy Block (PLP 2006) director of the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice.

Andy currently serves as a law professor at U.Va. and directs the Child Advocacy Clinic, an organization that trains law students to represent low-income children involved with the juvenile justice system.

Full details at UVA Law.


Gould running for Danville School Board
Mar 6 2014 - 2:29pm

Steven Gould (PLP 2006) is running for one of three at-large School Board seats for Danville City Schools. The election is May 6.

More at his campaign website:

Vanderhye appointed to arts commission
Mar 4 2014 - 12:13pm

On Feb. 28, Gov. McAuliffe announced he has appointed Margi Vanderhye (CTP 2005, PLP 2006, Sorensen State Advisory Board) to serve as Executive Director of the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

Margi served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 2008 to 2010 representing the 34th district (McLean, Great Falls, and parts of Herndon and Vienna). She served for six years as a Presidential appointee to the National Capital Planning Commission during the Clinton administration. Margi chaired the Commission’s Joint Memorials and Museums Task Force which developed a nationally award winning master plan for monuments, memorials, and museums.

Margi currently serves as Vice Chair of the McLean Project for the Arts promoting the important connection between a vibrant arts curriculum and workforce preparedness. She served in the 1990’s as an appointee to the northern Virginia Advisory Panel for the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

Adkins announces for Va. Senate
Feb 28 2014 - 4:08pm

Kim Adkins (PLP 2007) has announced her candidacy for Virginia Senate. She will be running against Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Glade Hill) to represent the 20th District. Visit the Martinsville Bulletin for more.

Mallory runs for Midlothian School Board
Feb 26 2014 - 5:21pm

Dianne Mallory-Coble (PLP 1997) is running for Midlothian School Board. The election is March 18.

"I can proudly say that things that I learned from my Class of ’97 remain relevant in my first foray in to seeking a public office – especially the value of civility," Dianne said.

Learn more at her campaign website:



Cordasco appointed to Regional Issues Committee
Feb 25 2014 - 6:39pm

Heather Cordasco (PLP 2012, CTP 2012) was appointed to the Regional Issues Committee on Feb. 11 for a three year term. The Committee serves as an advisory committee to the planning commissions and governing bodies of James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg.


Kaufman joins Sen. Kaine's staff
Feb 20 2014 - 4:56pm

On Feb. 18, Diane Kaufman (PLP 2007) joined Sen. Tim Kaine's staff as Regional Director for Eastern Virginia.

“I’m proud to announce that Diane Kaufman will join my state team as Director of my Eastern Virginia regional office,” said Kaine. “Located in Virginia Beach, this office performs important casework, constituent services, and outreach to individuals and groups throughout the area stretching from Williamsburg through Hampton Roads and across to the Eastern Shore. Diane’s talent, experience in the region, and commitment to public service will be a tremendous asset to help me serve constituents throughout the region.”

Diane previously worked in the Hampton Roads area working at the Virginia Port Authority, as a legislative assistant to then-Delegate Kenny Alexander, and as a director for WAVY-TV and WGNT-TV. Additionally, Diane worked as the Hampton Roads political director for the Tim Kaine for Governor campaign.  

Tong to Chair ADC
Jan 15 2014 - 6:25pm

On Jan. 6 the Alexandria Democratic Committee elected Clarence Tong (PLP 2013) as its new chair for 2014 and 2015. More than 125 members voted at the meeting as the committee selected its new executive board.

“There are many important elections coming up in the next two years,” Clarence said in a release. “The ADC is a strong political organization that will stay focused on keeping Democrats energized across Alexandria.”

Clarence previously served a deputy vice chair for communications with the ADC. The Old Town resident has worked in politics and government for the past decade, including serving in the executive branch and as a senior congressional and campaign aide.

Clarence replaces Dak Hardwick (PLP 2011), who opted not to seek another term as chair but plans to stay involved.

Herring Appoints Sorensen Leaders
Jan 14 2014 - 7:08pm

Attorney General Mark Herring has appointed a College Leaders Program alumna and a member of the current Political Leaders Program class to serve in his office.

Linda Bryant (PLP 2014) will serve as Deputy Attorney General for Public Safety & Enforcement. Bryant has been a Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney for Norfolk, following active duty service in the United States Army. 

Brittany Anderson (CLP 2010) will serve as Special Assistant to the Attorney General. Anderson was the Legislative Aide for then-Senator Mark Herring. Prior to that, Anderson served as Legislative Aide for Delegate Joe Morrissey. She was a Field Organizer for Boucher Congress after getting a B.A. in political science from Virginia Tech in 2010.


Featured Alumni

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    Bobby Mathieson

    Political Leaders Program

    Class of 1999

    Bobby is a U.S. Marshall serving Virginia's Eastern District.

    He was a Virginia Beach police officer from 1975 to 2002, retiring as a master police officer. He later held a leadership post in the state Department of Criminal Justice and was subsequently elected to the Virginia House of Delegates where he represented the 21st District.