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Seal of the Governor
For Immediate Release: January 8, 2021
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 Commerce and Trade

Jennifer Mayton, Acting Director of the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity
Jennifer Mayton has been appointed Acting Director of the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (SBSD). Prior to her appointment, Jennifer was Deputy Director and Chief of Staff for SBSD and has served in this capacity since June 2016, where she managed legislative affairs and led several statewide initiatives including the 2020 Commonwealth of Virginia Disparity Study. Before that, she served on the leadership teams at the Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Jennifer earned an undergraduate degree in Finance and Economics from Virginia Commonwealth University, and is currently pursuing an Executive Master of Business Administration degree at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Secretariat of the Commonwealth
Board Appointments

Scientific Advisory Committee

  • Marc A. LeBeau, PhD of Fairfax, Senior Forensic Toxicologist, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Virginia Corn Board

  • E. Phillip Hickman* of Horntown, Producer

Virginia Cotton Board

  • Joseph Barlow III of Smithfield, Vice President, Cotton Plains Farm, Inc.

*denotes reappointment

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