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Our Board of Directors is comprised of Virginians from diverse educational, business, government, civic, and cultural communities.

Meeting four times per year with additional committee involvement, the Virginia Humanities Board of Directors oversees organizational policy and programming. Each member serves for a three-year term, once renewable. Six members of the Board are appointed by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia; nineteen members are elected by the Board.

The Virginia Humanities Board Nominating Committee welcomes suggested nominations to the Board throughout the year, specifically seeking individuals who are passionate about the humanities. As a nonpartisan agency, we seek board members who are broadly representative of the citizens of the Commonwealth and the various civic, ethnic, and minority group interests. Please email suggested nominations, including bios or resumes, to Raennah Mitchell.

Board Members

Karen Cogar Abramson

Alexandria, VA

Chief Lynette Allston

Drewryville, VA
Diane Atkinson

Diane Atkinson

Richmond, VA

Kellee Green Blake

Executive Committee
Parksley, VA

Dulce Carrillo

Executive Committee
Falls Church, VA

Jim Chapman

Board Treasurer
Charlottesville, VA
Reed Dibich

Reed Dibich

Richmond, VA
Grace Flores-Hughes

Grace Flores-Hughes

Castleton, VA
Daniel Gade

Daniel Gade

Mount Vernon, VA

Jill Bussey Harris

Richmond, VA

Chris Head

Roanoke, VA
Iris Holliday

Iris Holliday

Chesterfield, VA

Clark Hoyt

Executive Committee
Great Falls, VA
Rishi Jaitly

Rishi Jaitly

Blacksburg, VA

Sylvester Johnson

Board Vice-Chair
Blacksburg, VA

W. Tucker Lemon

Roanoke, VA
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Dee Lester

Executive Committee
Virginia Beach, VA

General Lester L. Lyles

Vienna, VA
Kelly O'Keefe

Kelly O’Keefe

Board Chair
Richmond, VA
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Dr. David Rehr

Arlington, VA
Linda Seligmann

Linda Seligmann

McLean, VA
Larissa Smith

Larissa Smith

Farmville, VA

McIlwaine (Mac) Thompson Jr.

Charlottesville, VA

Will Trinkle

Executive Committee
Charlottesville, VA
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