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Who We Are

Virginia Learns is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and statewide education operating foundation. We are the Commonwealth’s platform for bringing together business and education leaders with the shared goal of a more modern and equitable Virginia public education system. Through aligned leadership, we inform and influence local and state decisionmakers; amplify the voices of those most impacted by education policy decisions; and advance state and local partnerships that bring needed change and positive results.

 

Our Signature Programs

As an education foundation focused on action and measurable outcomes, Virginia Learns supports several signature programs that deliver on the promise that “Virginia is for Learners.” These initiatives include an advocacy fellowship program, “State of Our Schools” annual report, statewide listening tours, and educator workforce support through the Commonwealth Learning Partnership. Download our inaugural report to learn more about these signature programs.





Our Vision

We envision a day when all Virginia public school students receive an education that prepares them for the world and workforce, including learning experiences and environments that enable them to thrive in childhood and become positive contributors in their communities.

Virginia Learns Board and Staff

Gil Bland

Gil Bland
Board Secretary
President, Giljoy Group

Ed Baine

Ed Baine
President, Dominion Energy Virginia

Byron Boston

Byron Boston
CEO & Chief Investment Officer, Dynex Capital

Barbara Johnson

Barbara Johnson
Attorney, BLJohnsonLaw PLLC
and Potter & Murdock, PC

Fred Thompson

Fred Thompson
Chief Administrative Officer, Thompson Hospitality