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RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Secretariat of Administration
Matthew James, Deputy Director of the Department of General Services
Matthew James has been appointed Deputy Director of the Department of General Services (DGS). He has served as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from the 80th District since 2010 and was a member of the Major Employment and Investment (MEI) Project Approval Commission. James brings a wealth of economic and workforce development experience to his new role, previously serving as President and CEO of Peninsula Council for Workforce Development and Director of Economic Development for the City of Portsmouth.
As Deputy Director, James will work with the DGS executive management team on the many services the agency provides, from construction and laboratory services, to real estate transactions, fleet operations, surplus property management and procurement, to include vendor development with an emphasis on the participation of small, women-owned, minority-owned and veteran-owned businesses. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and mathematics from Hampton University and his Masters of Business Administration from J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Frank Wagner, Deputy Director of the Virginia Lottery
Frank Wagner has been appointed Deputy Director of the Virginia Lottery. He has served as a member of the Virginia State Senate from the 7th District since 2001 and was first elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1991. He previously served as chairman of the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee.
As a former shipyard owner and business leader in the maritime industry, he brings a host of experience on complex business issues and expertise to the conversation about Virginia’s future regarding legal gaming and its possible impact on the Virginia Lottery.
He previously served in the U.S. Navy as a hard hat salvage diver. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Ocean Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1977.
Secretariat of the Commonwealth
Virginia Council on Environmental Justice
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