Virginia State Council

Chair: Former Governor Terry McAuliffe


Jason Heckathorn, CEO, Forever Oceans Corporation

Susan Jennings, President, Virginia Forest Products Association

Alex Nyerges, Director, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Wayne Pryor, President, Virginia Farm Bureau

Mark Treadaway, Vice President of Business Outreach, Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority

David White, Vice President
Virginia Maritime Association

Dawson Williams, Director of Sales and Logistics, Turkey Knob Growers

Dr. Richard Wokutch, Professor, Virginia Tech Pamplin Business School

Dr. Van Wood, Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University

Ross Butler, President & CEO, Wanchese Seafood

Tom Capozzi, Chief Commercial Officer, Port of Virginia

Zandra Chestnut, Nature's Friends

Henry Chiles, Owner, Crown Orchard

Dr. Greg Fairchild, Professor, UVA Darden School of Business

Katie Frazier, President, Virginia Agribusiness Council

Jeffrey Ganthner, Mid-Atlantic Manager, Burns & McDonnell

David Glaize, Glaize Packing

Phil Glaize III, Vice President, Glaize Packing

Basil Gooden, Secretary, Virginia Department of Agriculture & Forestry

Joe Haggerty, President & CEO, Alexandria Chamber of Commerce

Todd Haymore, Secretary, Virginia Department of Commerce & Trade

Virginia and Cuba in the News

Press Release: Virginia leaders launch Engage Cuba state council

Richmond Times-Dispatch: Spiders hoops players are off next week. Most are headed home. Grant Golden is going to Cuba.

In his trip to Cuba, Richmond forward Grant Golden wants to see “how they live and see what they do on a day-to-day basis compared to what we do.”

SWVA Today: Study Abroad Students Unhappy With New Cuba Restrictions

“I know this will affect Cuba in a negative way,” said rising senior Emily Bishop. “I know how hard it is for them now, and President Trump is only making it harder on the people of Cuba.”

SWVA Today: Emory & Henry Students Go Abroad to Explore Culture of Cuba

“I would tell anyone that wants to visit Cuba to definitely go because it will open your eyes about life in general.”

Virginian Pilot: Cruises from Norfolk to Cuba Affected by Trump Administration Travel Bans

The Trump restrictions have left travelers and seaports in limbo. Many ports didn't get a heads up. "We saw it on CNN probably like everyone else," Stephen Kirkland, executive director of Nauticus, said. "We're disappointed."

Washington County News: Emory & Henry students prepare for study abroad program in Cuba

Fourteen students at the college are heading to the once-forbidden island of Cuba this month — a trip that will forge a new path to cultural exchange for the students, according to Emory & Henry professor Mark Finney.

Q101-Norfolk/ESPN Harrisburg: Virginia leaders launch Engage Cuba State Council

Politico Morning Trade: Virginia sets its sights on Cuba

The Washington Post: Virginia businesses begin wary courtship with Cuba

Reuters: Virginia and Cuba to sign port agreement, look to expand trade

WTOP: VA Gov. McAuliffe heads to Cuba to announce export deals

The Washington Post: Virginia business becomes Cuba's largest U.S.-based agricultural exporter

The Washington Post: Virginia and Cuba discuss expanding trade beyond agriculture

Leaders August Free Press: Virginia leaders launch Engage Cuba state council

Prensa Latina: New U.S. state council created to promote links with Cuba

NBC 29: Gov. announces agreement on educational exchange between VA, Cuba

Virginia's Champions

Senator Tim Kaine (D)

Senator Tim Kaine (D)

Senator Mark Warner (D)

Senator Mark Warner (D)

Representative Don Beyer (D-VA-8)

Representative Don Beyer (D-VA-8)