About Us

About Us

What is Lead Virginia?

Modeled on the theory of social capital, Lead Virginia is a nonprofit and non-partisan organization that educates proven leaders about regional differences, opportunities and challenges across the Commonwealth. Over the course of seven class sessions between April and November, each held in a different region in Virginia, participants meet with regional leaders to learn about assets and innovations unique to each region, best practices and how each region contributes to the whole of the Commonwealth.

What We Teach — What You Learn

Graduates complete the program having gained a statewide perspective of Virginia’s future and a unique understanding of best practices from each region that they can use to serve the Commonwealth, its regions and communities. Importantly, alumni form relationships that span the state and invaluable business contacts. Lead Virginia continues to facilitate social capital by supporting and engaging alumni through various networking opportunities, such as its annual alumni conference, regional alumni gatherings and Conversations with Leaders series.

Alumni serve their communities and their state in a number of capacities: through public and charitable service, elected office and appointments to boards and commissions; and through perspective gained as a result of their Lead Virginia participation.

Incorporation and Nonprofit Status

Lead Virginia incorporated in March 2005 as a charitable and educational organization. It is nonprofit and nonpartisan and maintains an office in downtown Richmond, Virginia. Lead Virginia is recognized as exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to Lead Virginia are deductible under Section 170 of the code and Lead Virginia is qualified to receive tax-deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the Code. Lead Virginia's Employer Identification Number is 59-3806367.