December 2014 Commencement Speaker...
Lavar Stoney, Secretary of the Commonwealth
James Madison University (2004)
Levar Stoney served as the Deputy Director of the McAuliffe Gubernatorial Transition. He was the Deputy Campaign Manager of McAuliffe's 2013 campaign for Governor. In 2008, Stoney served as Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Virginia. At the time he was one of the youngest state Democratic party executive directors in the United States.
During his career, Stoney worked in various public and private sector capacities, including for State Senator R. Creigh Deeds and former Delegate C. Richard Cranwell.
Stoney received his undergraduate degree from James Madison University in 2004. In 2006, he completed the Virginia Commonwealth University Minority Political Leadership Institute's leadership development program. He is a native of Yorktown and is a product of the York County public schools. He and his wife reside in Richmond.