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To accelerate our institution in the direction of positive impact and professional prosperity, we need industry leaders and dedicated alumni at the helm. Each of our boards emboldens the Batten vision in a different way, and elevates our overall visibility in the process.



Partner at Strategy for Humanity

Alex Arriaga is a partner at Strategy for Humanity. She has successfully advanced international human rights issues, created grassroots public education campaigns and achieved legislative victories.

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Project Director, Planning - Cross Portfolio and Program Agenda, Strategy, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Saphira M. Baker has expertise in health, human services, and housing developed over 18 years of senior management in Massachusetts and Virginia municipalities, combined with years of experience as an independent consultant leading strategic planning, evaluation projects, coaching executives, and facilitating coalitions in the philanthropic, public and nonprofit sectors.

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Batten, Jr.

Chairman, president and chief executive officer of Landmark Media Enterprises LLC

Frank Batten, Jr. is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Landmark Media Enterprises LLC, which is based in Norfolk.

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Director of Public Policy & Research for the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce

Kate Bondurant (M.P.P. 2015) is a Virginia native who currently resides in Columbia, South Carolina, where she serves as the Director of Public Policy &Research for the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce.

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Analyst with the Sierra Club

Cara Bottorff (M.P.P. 2017) graduated from Batten’s post-graduate M.P.P. program in 2017 becoming a double Hoo after also attending UVA as an undergraduate majoring in Foreign Affairs and minoring in Global Sustainability and Econ.

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Chairman of McGuireWoods Consulting LLC and a partner with McGuireWoods LLP

Mark T. Bowles joins the Foundation Board as the Board of Visitors representative. Currently a Chairman of McGuireWoods Consulting LLC and a partner with McGuireWoods LLP, Mark was one of the founding senior vice presidents when McGuireWoods Consulting started in 1998.

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Head of North America Fuels Marketing for the Retail Business at Shell

Shannon Bryan is the head of North America Fuels Marketing for the Retail business at Shell. In this capacity, he leads the team responsible for delivering Shell’s retail branded fuels marketing strategy, product portfolio, category plans, and supporting programs to drive the key customer metrics and achieve volume, share, and margin growth objectives for Shell-branded fuels in the US and Canadian markets.

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Rick Campanelli

Rick Campanelli comes to the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy with extensive leadership experience in private law practice, industry, the nonprofit sector and in government service at the U.S. Departments of Health & Human Services, Justice and State.

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Carlos Enrique

President, CEO Alquería Dairy

Carlos Enrique Cavelier has a BA from the University of Vermont and a MPA from Harvard´s Kennedy School. He taught for 7 years at the Universidad de Los Andes.

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Co-founder and Managing Director of NRV

Theodore L. Chandler, Jr. is Co-founder and Managing Director of NRV, a firm dedicated to funding early stage growth companies in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Ted offers more than 30 years of C-suite experience, strategic leadership and board service. In addition to NRV, Ted serves on the Board of Directors of the following NRV portfolio companies: Territory, Inc., Moonlighting LLC., Health Warrior, Inc., and WealthForge Holdings, Inc.

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President of NavHealth

Aneesh Chopra is the President of NavHealth, an open data intelligence service launched by Hunch Analytics, a “hatchery” he co-founded incubating ideas that improve the productivity of health and education markets.

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Molly Claire

Foreign Affairs Legislative Assistant for Congressman Gerald E. Connolly from Virginia’s 11th District

Molly Claire Cole (M.P.P. 2011) is the Foreign Affairs Legislative Assistant for Congressman Gerald E. Connolly from Virginia’s 11th District. Her career has taken her from the State Department, to the World Bank, to an international NGO called mothers2mothers, to the Center for Strategic & International Studies, to USAID, and now to the legislative branch in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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XQ Institute

Morgan Courtney leads engagement with community leaders and education changemakers across the country for the Bay Area-based XQ Institute, an initiative of the Emerson Collective that is dedicated to rethinking the American public high school for the 21st century. Prior to XQ, she built public-private partnerships in Indonesia for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). A trained facilitator in design thinking, she is also an evangelist for using human-centered design tools for social impact.

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de Olazarra

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Equitable Real Estate Partners

Allen C. de Olazarra is the President of Parkway Property Investments. Prior to joining Parkway, Mr. de Olazarra was the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Equitable Real Estate Partners, a fully integrated private real estate investment and operating company active with the acquisition and redevelopment of Class B office buildings, Class B big box industrial and distribution facilities, and the ground up construction of Senior Housing Communities

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Health Care Professional

Mary Drach (M.P.P. 2012) is a health care professional and a 2012 Batten graduate from the accelerated MPP program. She recently began a new job as a strategic operations analyst at the Mount Sinai Health System in New York City.

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Manager, Monitor Deloitte

Anna Draganova is a Manager at Monitor Deloitte. She graduated with a Master of Public Policy from the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy in 2011.

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President and principal owner of RS Materials Group, LLC and Rock Solid Stone

Jon A. Dyck is an entrepreneur and attorney with more than 20 years of legal, management, policy and investing experience

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Vice President of East, Higher Education

Bill Evanow is a McIntire graduate and passionate alumnus. While at UVA in the early ‘80s he was active on Grounds in the Residence Life Program, University Guide Service and as a fraternity leader with Phi Delta Theta (now Phi Society).

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Fralin, Jr.

Salem District Member on the Commonwealth Transportation Board

William H. Fralin, Jr. was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 2004-2010. He represented the 17th District of Virginia, which encompasses portions of the Counties of Botetourt and Roanoke as well as a portion of the City of Roanoke. Delegate Fralin served on the Courts of Justice, Transportation, Education (chairing the Students and Daycare Subcommittee), Privileges and Elections Committees (chairing the Campaign Finance Subcommittee), and General Laws Committee.

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Managing Director of Global Emergency Group

Langdon Greenhalgh is the Managing Director of Global Emergency Group, a humanitarian consulting firm dedicated to enabling emergency humanitarian aid actors to respond to those most in need more effectively so as to save more lives and reduce suffering.

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University of Virginia JD/MBA Program

Alex Gregorio (M.P.P. 2016)  graduated from Batten as an Accelerated MPP in Spring 2016 and has been working for the Department of Justice this past year. In the fall, he returns to Charlottesville and starts a joint JD/MBA program at U.Va.

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Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for TEGNA Inc.

Victoria D. Harker serves as executive vice president and chief financial officer for TEGNA Inc., formerly Gannett Co., Inc. She was named chief financial officer at Gannett in July of 2012. Victoria is responsible for all of TEGNA’s financial functions and operations.

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Adjunct Professor at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia

Frederick P. Hitz is an Adjunct Professor at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. He is also a Distinguished Fellow at the University of Virginia’s Center for National Security Law and an adjunct Professor at the University of Virginia School of Law.

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Partner, Baker McKenzie

Rod Hunter is a partner of Baker McKenzie where he practices trade and investment law. Previously, Rod served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director of the White House’s National Security Council, and as Special Counsel in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

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Founder and CEO of College Advising Corps

Nicole Hurd is the founder and CEO of College Advising Corps. A passionate advocate of post-secondary education, Nicole has led College Advising Corps from a pilot project in Virginia to the largest college access program in the country, placing hundreds of advisers in high-need schools from coast-to-coast.

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Christine Jacobs (M.P.P. 2017) came to Batten with 15 years of experience in education.  She holds a Master of Public Policy degree (2017) and a Master of Teaching degree (2001) from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Virginia Tech (1999).

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Atlanta Mission

Henry Jamison (M.P.P. 2015) graduated the accelerated MPP program in 2015 after completing his undergraduate degree in economics at UVa. For the past two years, he has worked with McKinsey & Company, focusing mainly on strategy and operations in the transportation, logistics and consumer goods industries.

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Senior Vice President for Advancement at the University of Virginia

John Jeffries became senior vice president for advancement at the University of Virginia on Aug. 1, 2018.

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Professor of Economics and Finance at Northwestern University and President and Founder of Innovations for Poverty Action

Dean Karlan is a Professor of Economics and Finance at Northwestern University and President and Founder of Innovations for Poverty Action, a non-profit organization dedicated to discovering and promoting solutions to global poverty problems, and working to scale-up successful ideas through implementation and dissemination to policymakers, practitioners, investors and donors.

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Brian Leveque (B.A. 2017) is a 2017 graduate of the Frank Batten School’s Bachelor of Arts program. Throughout his time at UVa, he worked closely with non-profit, governmental, and private sector organizations through various internships and was an active member of the University of Virginia’s Housing and Residence Life program as a Residential Advisor and Senior Resident.

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Diane Lim


Director of Outreach and Senior Advisor, Penn Wharton Budget Model

Diane Lim works in the D.C. office of the Penn Wharton Budget Model, advising on various strategic and business development matters and directing activities related to public outreach and communications. She has spent her 30-plus year career in a variety of prominent roles in the federal government, nonprofit, and academic sectors.

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Managing Director & Chief Strategy Officer at Grain Management, LLC

Michael McKenzie serves as Managing Director & Chief Strategy Officer at Grain Management, LLC, a leading telecom-focused private equity firm based in Washington D.C. Prior to joining Grain, Michael held senior positions at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), including Deputy Chief of the FCC’s Wireless Bureau and Senior Advisor for New Technology.

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Chief Financial Officer of FRP Holdings, Inc.

John D. Milton, Jr., a native of Jackson County, Florida, was born in 1945 in Marianna, Florida. He attended the public schools of the County where his father was the school superintendent. His immediate family of four (father, mother, sister and John) were all Valedictorians of Marianna High School – John the last to achieve the honor barely survived the familial pressure! John attended Chipola Jr. College in his hometown for one term following high school, then transferred to University of Virginia where he took his degree in Political Science.

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Co-founder and Partner at Harbinger Strategies

Kyle Nevins is co-founder and partner at Harbinger Strategies, a federal government relations firm in Washington, DC. He is a seasoned former top aide to House Leadership with extensive experience in the process and politics of the U.S. Congress.

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Speechwriter, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris

Irma Palmer has more than a decade of experience working at the intersection of policy, politics and communications.

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President and Owner of Blue Ridge Group

Susan K. Payne is the President and owner of Blue Ridge Group, a marketing firm located in Charlottesville. Prior to 2017, she was the President of Payne, Ross & Associates Advertising, Inc.

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Director of Research and Policy Analysis at the National Association of College and University Business Officers

Kenneth Redd is Director of Research and Policy Analysis at the National Association  of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO).

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Jalen Ross has run with bulls, jumped out of planes, and appeared on CNN -- but one of those things only happened in a dream. As a Consultant with the Chicago office of the Boston Consulting Group, he has concentrated in the Retail and Industrial Goods practice areas, helping clients do everything from build jet engines to design hotels. Most recently, on externship to McDonald’s Corporation, he’s managed data analytics for the newly-launched global McDelivery service in partnership with UberEats.

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Senior Counsel at Alston & Birl, LLP

Thomas Scully was the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) from 2001 to 2003 under President George W. Bush. He is now a senior counsel at Alston & Birl, LLP.

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Leadership Consultant, LIFTOFF LEADERSHIP & Berkana Consulting Group

Betty Shotton is the CEO and owner of Liftoff Leadership ( & a Partner with Berkana Consulting Group in Asheville, NC. Her business career started at Altria in Richmond, Va where she was an Internal Consultant responsible for organizational design, development and succession planning. She moved into Human Resource management and experienced the full breadth of human resource responsibilities including labor relations, compensation and employment.  

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Principal in the Deloitte Consulting Federal Practice in Washington, DC.

Brian Siegel is a Principal in the Deloitte Consulting Federal Practice in Washington, DC. Brian has over twenty years of professional experience in consulting for the Federal Government on various strategy and management issues, including financial management, procurement and shared services.

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Senior Policy Editor for the Mercatus Center at George Mason University

Walter D. Valdivia is a Senior Policy Editor for the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Prior to Mercatus, he was a Senior Fellow at the Consortium for Science Policy and Outcomes and a Fellow at the Brookings Institution.

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Mark White (M.P.P. 2016) is a Fiscal Analyst for the non-partisan Fiscal Research Division of the North Carolina General Assembly.

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P.A. and Lecturer at UVA Law School

Warner Young is an experienced trial lawyer. He represents business and corporations in complex business disputes, often offering success fee based services.

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