Women & Politics with Senator Boysko, Laura Goren, and Briana Jones

Jennifer Barton Boysko represents the 33rd district in the Virginia Senate.  She majored in psychology and French at Hollins, but found herself in politics immediately after graduation, working in the U.S. Senate office of Richard Shelby from her home state of Alabama. She then volunteered for Democratic campaigns, including serving as the Virginia director for the 2004 presidential campaign of Howard Dean. In 2008, Boysko took a job as a liaison to the town of Herndon for a member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. In 2016 She won the election for the Virginia House of Delegates for the 86th district. She credited EMILY’s List with providing financial and logistical help in both of her elections.  She has been a grassroots organizer and leader in her community, volunteering her time for Herndon High School, the Herndon Fortnightly Club, the Herndon Optimists, St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, Reston Interfaith, and other political and charitable causes.

Briana Jones – The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis
Research Assistant
briana@thecommonwealthinstitute.org
As a research assistant, Briana supports research efforts across all policy areas. She is passionate about working with marginalized communities to advance social equity. She received her B.A. in Public and Urban Affairs with a concentration in Public Policy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Laura Goren – The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis
Director of Research and Education Policy
laura@thecommonwealthinstitute.org
Laura Goren serves as Director of Research and Education Policy at The Commonwealth Institute. That role includes leading TCI’s analysis on education funding, supporting community-based partners in their education advocacy work, and making sure the strongest analysis is being brought to bear on key issues facing communities of color and low-income families. Additionally, Laura’s work includes analyzing macroeconomic conditions in Virginia and safety net programs. Outside of paid work, Laura has worked on grassroots social and economic justice campaigns, including successful campus living wage and inclusionary zoning campaigns. Laura previously served as a research assistant at the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight, conducting research on housing finance issues

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