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PLP Alumni News
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.
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: http://www.mallorycobleforschoolboard.org/
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sorensen alumni have been chosen for key positions in Gov. McAuliffe's administration.
Brian Coy (CLP 2006), Press Secretary, Office of the Governor
Victoria Cochran (PLP 2007), Deputy Secretary of Public Safety
Evan Feinman (PLP 2012), Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources
Grindly Johnson (PLP 1996), Deputy Secretary of Transportation
Aubrey Layne (PLP 2011), Secretary of Transportation
John Newby (PLP 2011), Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security
Maribel Ramos (PLP 2007), Director of the Virginia Legislative Office
Felix Sarfo-Kantanka, Jr. (PLP 2004), Legislative Director, Office of the Governor
Congratulations to all!
Congratulations also go out to the following Sorensen alumni who have been hard at work on the Governor's transition team and inaugural committee.
"Common Ground for Virginia" Transition Committee:
Del. Jennifer McClellan, Chair (PLP 2001, CTP 2005)
Jaime Areizaga-Soto (PLP 2009)
Del. Alfonso Lopez (PLP 2003)
Del. Chris Peace (PLP 2004)
Jody Wagner (PLP 1994, Fall)
Judy Anderson (PLP 1994, Fall)
Sen. Adam Ebbin (PLP 2000)
Del. Mark Keam (PLP 2012)
Margi Vanderhye (CTP 2005, PLP 2006)
Photo courtesy of Virginia National Guard Public Affairs Office
As of Jan. 6, Cathie France (PLP 2005) is the new chief public affairs officer at the Virginia Port Authority.
Cathie previously served as Deputy Director for Energy Policy at the
Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy.
She also serves on the Sorensen Institute's Statewide Advisory Board.