Governor McAuliffe Announces Administration Appointments

Mar 17, 2017

For Immediate Release: March 17, 2017
Contacts: Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Office: Denise Burch,

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced additional appointments to his Administration today. The appointees will join McAuliffe’s Administration focused on finding common ground with members of both parties on issues that will build a new Virginia economy and create more jobs across the Commonwealth.

Secretariat of the Commonwealth 

Board of Trustees of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts 

  • Lynette  L. Allston of Drewryville, retired business owner; Tribal Council Chair & Chief of the Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia; Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Rawls Museum Arts in Southampton County; past Member, Board & Commission of the Columbia Museum of Arts (SC)
  • Ankit N. Desai of Washington, DC,Senior Advisor to the CEO, Tellurian Inc.
  • Anne Noland Edwards, PhD(h.c.) of Alexandria, Member, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Foundation; Member, Board of Trustees, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY; Member, Board of Trustees, The Delaware College of Art and Design, Wilmington
  • Jil Womack Harris* of Richmond, Member, Board of Trustees, Co-Chair Capital Campaign, Virginia Chapter of The Nature Conservancy
  • Steven A. Markel* of Richmond, Vice Chairman, Markel Corporation
  • Thomas W. Papa, Esq. of Richmond, President, Fountainhead Development, LLC; Kane & Papa, PLC
  • Rupa Tak, MBA of Henrico, CEO & Co-Founder, GoFar; Co-Founder, iMOMCONNECT, LLC; Director, A Better Tomorrow Foundation

 Fair Housing Board

  • Candice L. Bennett of Lorton, Director of Development & Communications, Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services, Inc.; Treasurer, Lorton Station Community Association

State Rehabilitation Council for the Blind and Vision Impaired

  • Larysa M. Kautz, JD, LLM of Alexandria, Chief of Staff & General Counsel, Melwood; Founding Director of Lawyers for Good Government

 The Library Board

  • Shelley Viola Murphy, DMgt of Palmyra, Director of Program Services, Piedmont Housing Alliance, Charlottesville; adjunct faculty member, Averett University; Coordinator and Instructor, Midwest African American Genealogy Institute


*denotes reappointment

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