Staff

Brennan Gilmore
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 leads the New Appalachian music group Wild Common.

Leanne Fox
Leanne Fox
Communications and Digital Director

Leanne Fox grew up in rural southern New Mexico in a family with deep Virginia roots. An alumna of the University of New Mexico and the College of William and Mary, she worked in the Washington, D.C. press shop of U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) before relocating to central Virginia with her family. Leanne is an active community leader in Crozet, where she lives with her husband and children.

Lizzie Hylton
Lizzie Hylton
Political Director

Lizzie is a Charlottesville native and Yale University alumnus who has worked on political campaigns across the state of Virginia, most recently as the Field Director in VA-02 for Elaine Luria for Congress. Before that, she led the Get Out the Vote efforts for Governor Northam and the 2017 Virginia Coordinated Campaign in Norfolk and Portsmouth, worked in Hampton Roads for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to help organize the resistance to Trump’s administration and build a broad community coalition in preparation to take back the House of Representatives in 2018, and organized in Loudoun County on the 2016 VA-10 Congressional and Presidential races.

David Jonas
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.

Board of Directors

Michael Bills
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.

Read Michael Bills’ op-ed on launching the Clean Virginia Project.

Rev. Dr. Veronica Coleman
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.

Read Rev. Dr. Veronica Coleman’s op-ed on launching the Clean Virginia Project.