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Seal of the Governor
For Immediate Release: October 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.

Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity

Matthew James, Director of the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity
Matthew James has been appointed Director of the Department of Small Business and supplier Diversity. Prior to this appointment, he served as Deputy Director for the Virginia Department of General Services.  Matthew James served 10 years in the House of Delegates, with appointments to numerous Committees including Appropriations and Major Employee Incentives. He also has over 40 years’ experience in the public and private sectors ranging from jobs in banking and brand management to economic and workforce development.  Matthew James is a Hampton Roads native and attended the United States Naval Academy. He has an Economics degree from Hampton University and a MBA from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg School of Management in Finance, Management, and Policy.

Secretariat of the Commonwealth
Board Appointments

Board of Medical Assistance Services

  • Basim Khan of Arlington, Executive Director, Neighborhood Health

Commonwealth Transportation Board

  • Tom Fowlkes of Bristol, Business Consultant
  • Raymond Smoot* of Montgomery County, Retired, Chairman, Atlantic Union Bank; Chief Executive Officer, Emeritus, Virginia Tech Foundation, Inc.

Longwood University Board of Visitors

  • Rhodes B. Ritenour of Henrico, Vice President, External and Regulatory Affairs, Bon Secours Health System

New College Institute

  • Michael L. Edwards of Hanover, Vice President, Kemper Consulting
  • Mary Yolanda Trigiani of Abingdon

Hampton Roads Regional Arena Authority

  • Tony Brothers of Norfolk, Referee, National Basketball Association
  • Joe Dillard Jr. of Norfolk, Director of Equitable Innovation and Legislative Policy, Greater Richmond Transit Company 
  • The Honorable Robert W. “Bobby” Mathieson of Virginia Beach, Former Delegate, Retired, U.S. Marshal, Eastern District of Virginia
  • The Honorable Dwight M. Parker, Sr. of Chesapeake, Former City Councilman, City of Chesapeake, Former teacher, Chesapeake City Public Schools

Virginia Council for the Interstate Compact for Juveniles

  • Cindy Capriles* of Henrico, Director of Counseling, Safe Harbor
  • Laurel S. Marks* of Henrico, Manager, Juvenile and Child Welfare Section, Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services

Virginia STEM Education Advisory Board

  • Dr. Venicia Ferrell of Hampton, Research Associate, The Center for Educational Partnerships, Old Dominion University

*denotes reappointment

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