Virginia Chapter

New Leaders Council Virginia – Home for future & current leaders and change makers of Virginia

New Leaders Council of Virginia is the premiere spot for changemakers dedicated to progress, equity, and justice to network and gain the skills needed to create a more inclusive, accessible, and people-forward Commonwealth. Through NLC Virginia, leaders will learn how to transform our country through social and political change rooted in equity. We strive to empower and uplift all communities throughout our Commonwealth and to bridge the divides that exist between the regions, identities, and lived experiences in Virginia.


Since our founding, we’ve trained 56 place-based leaders in Virginia.


We’ve provided 5,300 hours of training to emerging leaders in Virginia, at no cost to participants.

My experience with NLC Virginia has not only given me a toolkit to go out and make the change I want to see in my community, but it has also given me lifelong friends and an inspiring, new network.

– Ashley Shah
2020 NLC Virginia Fellow

The relationships I’ve forged as part of my cohort is something that I will take with me throughout my career and beyond. I encourage anyone to get involved and stay involved and one great way to do that is by joining the NLC Virginia family.

– Matthew Shapiro
2020 NLC Virginia Fellow

NLC Virginia is the premiere inclusive space for leaders wanting to put their progressive values into action throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

– Paul Davis
2020 NLC Viginia Fellow

2021 Fellows

Amani Walker

Program Coordinator, George Mason University African and African American Studies

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Angela Antoine

Community Activist, House of Dreams ReEntry Consulting, LC

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Dania Korkor

Senior Counsel to Commissioner Ellen L. Weintraub, Federal Election Commission

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Ebony Guy

Organizer, Advocate, Producer

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Emmi Navarro

Coordinator, Education and Events, The American Association of Political Consultants

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Hillary Small

Wilder Fellow, Department of Elections

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Jessica Reynaga

Macro-Social Worker | Educational Psychologist, Self-employed

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Lizzy Paluszek

Candidate for MS, Virginia Tech

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Michael Covin

Program Leader, Close Up Foundation

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Nicolle Vasquez Del Favero

Assistant Counsel, Office of the General Counsel, Dept. of the Navy (NAVFAC)

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Paige Hawkins

Digital Media Manager, BBB National Programs

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Summer Morris

Council Liaison, City of Richmond

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Tavares Floyd

CEO (of the BeWell Project and Greater RVA Equity Foundation) and Chief of Staff/Liaison to Elected Official, The BeWell Project; Greater RVA Equity Foundation, and City of Richmond, VA

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Torey Powell

Management & Program Analyst, U.S. Department of Agriculture

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Allan-Charles Chipman

Alyia Gaskins

Ashley Shah

Buzz Becker

Emily Portwood

Erin Stanley

Jimmie Jarvis

Kelsey Cowger

Lashelle Johnson

Malvin Ross Williams

Matthew Shapiro

Melissa Poston

Michelle Oliver

Niyah White

Paul Davis

Rita Hill

Saira Bhatti

Sheba Williams

Terrance Harris


Aditi Sinha

Amy Wentz

Antonio Lavalle Ingram II

Blair Sapp

Carrie Wade

Denver Supinger

Isabel Castillo

Jessee Perry

Lena Rivera

Maggie Anderson

Marley Pulido

Matthew Carter

Micah Morris

Nichole Wescott Hayes

Peter Olatuyi

Robert Kell

Sean Wright

Tho Mith Chin

Trevion Jones

Vernon Tillage

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