MICHAEL BILLS - CHAIRMan Of the BOARD
Michael Bills is the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Bluestem Asset Management LLC, based in Charlottesville, Virginia. Formerly, he was Chief Investment Officer of UVA’s endowment. Mr. Bills is a visiting scholar at the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia where he teaches finance with an emphasis on investing, corporate governance and the role of ethics in competitive work environments. In 1992, he cofounded the Sorensen Institute of Political Leadership, a bipartisan organization educating future political leaders on responsible and ethical governance. He is also a co-founder of Charlottesville Tomorrow, a non-partisan news organization dedicated to providing comprehensive, objective information about local issues. He is a graduate of Hampton High School and the University of Virginia.
Rev. DR. VERONICA COLEMAN - BOARD MEMBER
Rev. Dr. Veronica Coleman is the Pastor of New Jerusalem Ministries in Virginia Beach, Virginia and a 2017 candidate for the House of Delegates. Dr. Coleman is the immediate Past President of the Virginia Beach Interdenominational Ministers Conference and has served in leadership capacities with other civic and religious organizations. Dr. Coleman is a native of Halifax County, Virginia and received her undergraduate education at Danville Community College and Averett College, completed graduate studies at Old Dominion University and Virginia Union University and earned her Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.
BRENNAN GILMORE - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Brennan Gilmore is a native of Lexington, Virginia and a graduate of the University of Virginia. Following fifteen years in the U.S. Foreign Service focused on human rights, humanitarian affairs and conflict resolution in Africa and the Middle East, he served as Chief of Staff to former Congressman and Virginia gubernatorial candidate Tom Perriello. Mr. Gilmore also served as Vice President for Operations for Wize Solutions, a Virginian rural workforce development enterprise. He is an adjunct professor in the Department of Justice Studies at James Madison University, and leads the New Appalachian music group Wild Common.
Elaine Colligan - Deputy executive DIRECTOR
Elaine Colligan is a graduate of Georgetown University, where she was a student organizer with the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor and Trabajadores Unidos as well as the GU Fossil Free initiative. She served as the Virginia Statewide Organizer for 350.org, a distributed and field organizer for the Perriello for Governor campaign, and most recently as Project Editor for the Women Speak database, the first of its kind online platform to demonstrate women's leadership in climate change solutions.
David Jonas - Policy and Research Director
David is a proud Virginian who has served as an economic policy aide to Senator Al Franken, an ethics reform aide to Governor Terry McAuliffe, and a policy director to former Congressman Tom Perriello during his run for Governor in 2017. His campaign experience spans more than 15 years, having volunteered or worked on more than a dozen races, including Barack Obama's successful run in 2008. He served twice in AmeriCorps as a youth education specialist and was lead compliance officer for a clean energy start-up headquartered in Washington, DC. David holds a BA from Macalester College and a MPP from the University of California-Berkeley.