Michael Town Executive Director

Michael Town joined the Virginia LCV staff in June, 2014.  His nineteen years of experience working in the conservation community includes running both state and national conservation organizations.  His last position was as President and Executive Director of the Partnership Project, a national environmental organization that builds and manages collaborative campaigns for the broader conservation community. Having grown up in Southern Maryland, New York State and Pennsylvania, he moved to Virginia to attend James Madison University, where he fell in love with the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Commonwealth.  He has lived in Richmond since 1995, and is the father of four children.  When not at work, Michael can often be found reading non-fiction, watching a movie or enjoying time on the James River.

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Lee Francis Deputy Director

Lee Francis started work as communications manager in early March 2015. Previously, he worked as editor of the (Hanover) Herald-Progress, a weekly newspaper based in Ashland. His tenure there followed a three-year stint in the Northern Neck of Virginia, where he served as managing editor of three weekly newspapers: the Westmoreland News, Northumberland Echo and Northern Neck News.
Lee graduated in 2006 from James Madison University with a bachelor’s of arts in English. Last spring, he completed a graduate degree in multimedia journalism through Virginia Commonwealth University’s Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture.
Lee grew up in rural Nelson County, nestled in Virginia’s majestic Blue Ridge mountains, where conservation and environmental stewardship have always been near and dear causes.

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Kelly Tsow Development Director

Kelly Tsow joined the Virginia LCV staff in the summer of 2013, bringing with her over 16 years of experience in non-profit development and management. She has an extensive background in building collaborative and supportive partnerships that strengthen and expand the resources necessary to fund organizational goals. Before coming to the Virginia League, she spent six years as Virginia Opera’s Central Virginia Development Operations Manager. Prior to her time at the Opera, Kelly served for several years as the board president of an affordable housing non-profit in her historic neighborhood of Oregon Hill.  A native of northwestern Pennsylvania, she has called Richmond home since 1988, when she came to Virginia Commonwealth University to earn a B.F.A.

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Drew Edwards Finance Director

Drew Edwards joined the Virginia LCV staff in October 2018. He earned his bachelor's degree from Hampden-Sydney College in 2000 and his M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix in 2006. Prior to joining LCV, he held financial management roles with several companies, which include a bank, credit union, and a retail service company. He has an extensive background working with non-profits which will serve him well in his role as Finance Director.
Born and raised on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Drew has lived in Goochland since 2004 and now calls this his home. He enjoys returning to the Shore in the summer to enjoy boating, going to the beach, and water sports with his kids.
When not at work, Drew can be found coaching his kids in sports or attending one of their sporting events in his free time. He also enjoys attending live concerts, sporting events, and spending time with friends and family.

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Avohom Carpenter Director of Civic Engagement

Avohom Carpenter joined the Virginia LCV staff in April, 2018. He brings 10 years of experience working in both the political field for progressive candidates and non-partisan advocacy work around voting rights, civil rights, restoration of rights and environmental justice. His last position was as Regional Field Director and Interim State Field Director with New Virginia Majority where he helped to lead the largest and most effective Voter Registration operation in Virginia history.
A native of Connecticut, Avohom grew up in the South Norfolk Area of Hampton Roads. Avohom graduated in 2010 from Hampton University with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science. When not at work Avohom can be found at a sporting event, watching a movie or doing community service/advocacy work with several organizations he volunteers with.

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Danielle Simms Government Relations Manager

Danielle Simms joined the Virginia LCV team in October 2018. She graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College with a BS in Environmental Science, is a graduate of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership-College Leaders Program, and recently earned her master’s degree in Natural Resources from Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability. She first became interested in climate and environmental justice issues after attending Power Shift 2007. Danielle has 10 years of experience working for environmental non-profits to defend the Clean Air Act from attacks by Big Polluters, to develop youth-led clean energy economy projects nationwide, to organize to stop the Keystone XL pipeline, to persuade Senators to support the President’s Climate Plan, and to elect climate leaders. Additionally, Danielle has worked on several local and statewide political campaigns in Virginia, and has 3 years of experience working for members of the Virginia House of Delegates.

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Raz Ahmadi Richmond Organizer

Raz is orginally from Afghanistan. He joined the U.S.Military as a contracted translator in Afghanistan in 2005, and ended up working with the military for 10 years in a translator and cultural advisor role.
In 2014, he resettled to the U.S. where he started his nonmilitary work. In 2016, his nonprofit political career started with New Virginia Majority as an organizer where he fought for the rights of formerly incarcerated Virginians, immigrant justice, and climate justice. Later that year, he joined the Virginia League of Conservation Voters Field Team as a field organizer. He enjoyed raising awareness about the threats of climate change and holding our decision-makers accountable for their work on the environment through grassroots organizing.
While working with Virginia LCV field team, Raz worked on three electoral campaigns to help get environmentally sound candidates into public office. He has been in his current capacity as Richmond Organizer since March 2019. Raz is a graduate of the 2017 Emerging Leaders Program at the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership.

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Bridget McGregor Northern Virginia Organizer

Bridget McGregor joined the Virginia LCV staff in March 2019. She graduated from James Madison University in May of 2018 with a BS in Geographic Science and a minor in Humanitarian Affairs.
During her time at JMU Bridget educated fellow students on the importance of conservation while working as a trip leader for the University’s Adventure Program. She also spent much of her time in the Shenandoah National Park as a GPS Field Worker recording archaeological sites throughout the area.
After graduating Bridget gained a background in working with non-profits while completing internships with the Sierra Club and Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production before joining the Virginia LCV team.
Outside of work, Bridget resides in the Fredericksburg area and enjoys cooking, hiking, soccer, and spending time with friends and family.

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Kim Jemaine Policy and Communications Associate

Kim Jemaine originally hails from South Africa but has called Virginia home since the age of 12. She’s a recent Richmond transplant after 10 years in Stafford. Kim has lived and worked all over the state on different political and issue advocacy campaigns. She graduated from the University of Mary Washington in May of 2013 and is currently pursuing her MA in Government with a concentration in Law and Public Policy at Regent University. Kim loves reading, travelling, superhero movies, and spending time with her daughter, Michaela and puppy, Noah.

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Molly Negus Finance and Administrative Assistant

Molly joined the Virginia LCV staff in April 2019. She was previously with the non-profit, Rx Partnership, where she helped to ensure that free clinics across the Commonwealth received access to prescription drug medication for our most vulnerable population.
She graduated from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance, and from The College of William and Mary with a Masters in Business Administration.
After working for several years in the corporate world, Molly took time off to raise her two children. During that time she volunteered for many non-profit organizations in the Richmond area.
In her free time she enjoys weekends in the Outer Banks and walking her dog, Moe around the city.

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