Seal of the Governor
For Immediate Release: December 14, 2018
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Ofirah Yheskel,

Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.

Secretariat of Administration

Asif Bhavnagri, Assistant Secretary of Administration
Asif Bhavnagri has been appointed Assistant Secretary of Administration. He most recently served as Policy Advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security, a position he held since 2016. He also served as a Press Assistant in Governor McAuliffe’s Communications Office. A native of Richmond, Asif is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University where he studied Political Science and African American Studies. He also worked as an intern in the Virginia General Assembly, assisting members of the House of Delegates on a variety of issues from healthcare to education.

Secretariat of the Commonwealth
Board Appointments

State Rehabilitation Council for the Blind and Vision Impaired

  • Julie Akers of Radford, President, Ability 2 Access
  • Nichole Drummond* of Lorton, Deputy Director, Parent Educational Advocacy Center  
  • Larysa Kautz* of Alexandria, Chief of Staff and General Counsel, Melwood
  • Raymond Kenney of Richmond, Member Representative, Statewide Independent Living Council
  • Gina Koke of Henrico, Regional Director, Dominion Waiver Services

*denotes reappointment 

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