Michael Town joined Virginia LCV as its Executive Director in June, 2014. 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 and step-father of two. His 26 years of experience working in the conservation community includes running both state and national conservation organizations. Since his time at Virginia LCV he has helped build the organization into one of the most politically influential nonprofits in Virginia.
Lee Francis started work as communications manager for the Education Fund in early March 2015 and was promoted to his current role in 2018. 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, and conservation and environmental stewardship have always been near and dear causes.
Lee resides in Mechanicsville.
Kelly Tsow joined the Education Fund 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 Education Fund, 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.
Drew Edwards joined the Virginia LCV Education Fund 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 the Education Fund, 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.
Avohom Carpenter joined the Education Fund staff in April, 2018. His brings ten 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.
Avohom is a resident of Chesterfield County.
Sarah Ahmed joined VALCV in February of 2020. Previously an organizer with the Climate Action Program of LCV, Sarah played an important role in mobilizing and educating voters who saw environmental issues as a top priority. Her professional career actually began in the world of Human Resources, working at the Counseling Alliance of Virginia in Richmond as HR Coordinator before switching to the world of organizing. Sarah got involved in political organizing in 2017, working at the Progressive Turnout Project to ensure high voter turnout for the 2017 Gubernatorial VA Elections. As the current Deputy Director of Voter Registration for VALCV, Sarah's passion for civic engagement is equivalent to her love for breakfast, stand-up comedy, and a strong internet connection.
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 for the Education Fund since March 2019. Raz is a graduate of the 2017 Emerging Leaders Program at the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership.
Bridget McGregor joined the Virginia LCV Education Fund 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 Education Fund team.
Outside of work, Bridget resides in the Fredericksburg area and enjoys cooking, hiking, soccer, and spending time with friends and family.
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.