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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

John Asbury

John Asbury
Board Chair
CEO, Atlantic Union Bank

Gil Bland

Gil Bland
Board Secretary
President, Giljoy Group

Ed Baine

Ed Baine
President, Dominion Energy Virginia

Elena Edwards

Elena Edwards
CEO, North America Region, Allianz Partners

Rob Estes

Rob Estes
President & CEO, Estes Express

Barbara Johnson

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

Lisa Roday

Lisa Roday
President & CEO, FireIce Solutions

Rob Spilman

Rob Spilman
President & CEO, Bassett Furniture

Fred Thompson

Fred Thompson
Chief Administrative Officer, Thompson Hospitality