The Team

Alex Wheeler

Co-chair

Alex is a native of Hampton, Virginia.  Although, she and her family moved when she was young to live in North Carolina, she decided to return home to attend school at Hampton University where she studied Molecular Biology and Leadership Studies. Alex has a lifelong passion for K-12 education, equality & equity for all, service within her community and helping others. Alex is a community organizer leading the Small Campaigns division of VA-BLOC (Virginia Black Leadership Organizing Collaborative).  She loves this work because she is able to help people get their rights restored, teach individuals how to advocate for themselves and others, fight for equity for all, and most important, she is able to pour love and support back into the community that helped raise her!  

Co-chair

Alice Tong is a veteran of Virginia politics. She has worked on multiple statewide races including the 2016 Clinton presidential campaign and four U.S. Senate and House campaigns. Alice served as political director for Win Virginia, under the leadership of CEO Tom Perriello. She is a graduate of the UVA Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership and serves on the Virginia Asian Advisory Board (VAAB). Alice and her husband, Clarence, live in Old Town Alexandria and are proud parents of Sorkin the Labradoodle (@Sorkinofoldtown). 

Alice Tong

Donte Tanner

President

Donte Tanner, MBA, is the President, CEO, and Founder of the Forward Innovation Group (FIG), LLC. He also serves on the Fairfax County Planning Commission as the Sully District Commissioner and serves on the Board for the Democratic Business Council of Northern Virginia. He is an accomplished and highly motivated Program Manager with almost two decades of experience in Program, Project, and Portfolio Management. During his career, Donte has served as COO for several companies and on the Board of Directors of a Government Contracting firm, helping small business achieve success. In 2017, Donte was the Democratic nominee running for the Virginia House of Delegates for the 40th District with a belief that it was time for our representatives put Service Before Self. He was inspired to run to prove that you can be a business owner and a progressive at the same time. He believes that “it is the job of our elected officials to protect the most vulnerable among us.” Donte was a military brat but has always called Virginia home. He received his Bachelor’s and Commission as an Air Force Officer from the United States Air Force Academy.

Co-chair

Kellen is an ER nurse, a family man, connoisseur of dad jokes, and an avid outdoorsman from Barboursville, VA, who ran for the Virginia House of Delegates in 2017. As an ER nurse working with his fellow Virginians in times of need, crisis, and worry every day- and seeing the strength and perseverance of his community in the face of their everyday struggles- he was inspired to run for public office. That same inspiration drives him still today; to fight unapologetically for the progressive values that will make life better for working Virginia families.

Kellen Squire

Margie Del Castillo

With a strong commitment and record for fighting for both immigrant justice and reproductive freedom, Margie is committed to building power for transformative change.

Margie is a first-generation Virginian, dedicated mother and proud Peruvian-American daughter whose parents emigrated to the U.S. in the early 1980s. She has been an activist, organizer and advocate for social justice and human rights for over a decade, working alongside communities of color around diverse issues in Virginia and at the national level. Currently, Margie serves as Director of Field and Advocacy at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, where she oversees and directs the fieldwork for NLIRH in Virginia, Florida, New York and Texas.

Co-chair

Co-chair

Tara is a champion for women's reproductive health and has been organizing in Virginia since Obama's 2008 campaign. She currently serves as the Political and Organizing Director for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia. In this role at PPAV, Tara fights to preserve and broaden access to reproductive rights and health care by building power through deepening connections with grassroots supporters, planning and executing electoral campaigns and advocating on behalf of Virginia’s women, men and families in the General Assembly.

Tara Gibson

Treasurer

Adnan has over 15 years of finance and operations experience with industry expertise in tax-exempt organizations. He is also the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer for a DC based national organization combatting financial insecurity.  Adnan serves on Boards of several tax-exempt organizations, including National Immigration Law Center, Resident Owned Communities USA, and Golden Key International Honour Society. Adnan, a first-generation immigrant, moved to Virginia in 1994 and has lived here ever since.

Adnan Bokhari