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Seal of the Governor
For Immediate Release: May 15, 2020
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Alena Yarmosky,

Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments

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

Secretariat of the Commonwealth
Board Appointments

Brown v. Board of Education Scholarship Awards Committee

  • Joy Speakes* of Cullen, Retired Administrator of Operations, Wilpak Industries, Inc.

Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel Commission

  • Karen James* of Portsmouth, General Counsel, Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority
  • Jeffrey A. Rowland* of Chesapeake, President, JR Enterprises, LLC

Commonwealth Health Research Board

  • Robert Downs, MD* of Richmond, Retired Physician, Professor Emeritus, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

*denotes reappointment

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