Anna was raised in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley and graduated from the University of Virginia in 2006 (Wahoowa!). After working on a congressional campaign in Central Virginia, she moved to the big city: Washington D.C. As an associate at Kennedy Communications, Anna’s work ran the gamut from research to direct mail to online communications.
A Virginia girl at heart, Anna moved back to Charlottesville in 2010 to work for Congressman Tom Perriello’s reelection campaign. In June 2011, Anna joined ProgressVA as the founding Executive Director.
Anna lives in Albemarle County with her husband, Stephen, and her spoiled rotten puppy, Bartlett, where she can frequently be found making a big mess in the kitchen.
Carla Uriona is a digital strategist, blogger, and designer who creates immersive storytelling experiences online. For more than 15 years, Carla has worked with advocacy organizations whose missions are deeply rooted in social justice and civic engagement.
At the Council for a Strong America, Carla led digital strategy, launched a two-year storytelling project on education, and led a high-profile organizational rebranding effort. At Families USA, one of the principal architects behind the Affordable Care Act, she created a social media storytelling site (“Don’t Take My Care”) centered around the personal stories of Americans whose lives depended on receiving subsidies to pay for healthcare.
Carla also spent five years at the Pew Charitable Trusts, where she helped lead the institution’s efforts to create immersive, interactive data visualization projects on issues ranging from voting to healthcare. She lives in Arlington with her wife, young son, and an enormous black lab.
Ashleigh Crocker grew up in Charlottesville and caught the political bug for the first time in 2005, when she first volunteered for Tim Kaine’s campaign for governor as a high school student. Since then, she has worked on a number of federal, state and, local campaigns, including both of Tom Perriello’s campaigns for Congress in 2008 and 2010.
After graduating from JMU in 2012, Ashleigh started work in the development department at a local non-profit. Since then, she has enjoyed working with a variety of nonprofits and campaigns on fundraising and communications work, and she was thrilled to have the opportunity to move back to Charlottesville and join the team at Progress Virginia.
Ashleigh lives in Charlottesville with her husband, David. When she’s not working hard to ensure progressive victories, she can be found at bettycrockersdaughter.com, where she creates and photographs delicious vegetarian food.
Jen Lawhorne is a multilingual Fulbright Scholar and videographer. She recently came back from a year of living in Italy where she worked with young refugees to produce videos about their experiences.
Jen grew up in Prince William County and transitioned to Richmond where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Virginia Commonwealth University. She also bounced around the U.S., Mexico, South America and Europe where she picked up Spanish and Italian while living, studying, and working.
Jen’s proud to call Richmond home again, spending her free time paddling on the river, watching old movies at the Byrd and taking in sunsets. Forever a spirited activist, Jen wants to help elevate the voices of Virginians who are fighting for a better future for all.
Gina Baldwin is a Program Manager for the Women’s Equality Coalition. In 2012, Gina was so inspired by President Obama’s re-election campaign that she immediately started pursuing a career in organizing by working on Virginia campaigns.
Gina campaigned for the Virginia Democratic Coordinated Campaign in 2013 and is proud of her contributions to a slate of progressive elected officials in the state. She has also campaigned for Lynwood Lewis and volunteered for Jennifer Wexton in their successful run for Virginia Senate. In 2014, she traveled to Iowa, Nebraska, and New York to work on progressive campaigns in various Field Organizing roles. Most recently, Gina worked on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in Hampton Roads. Gina now calls Richmond home with her partner Brandon and their 1-year-old Lab mix, Duke.