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Supporter and former director Anne Holton

Great Expectations Former Director Anne Holton


Anne Holton, Director

Anne Holton, the former director of Great Expectations, is a life-long advocate of children and families. After graduating with a law degree from Harvard University, Holton worked as a legal aid lawyer serving low-income families. She served as a juvenile and domestic relations district court judge from 1998 until 2005 when her husband, Tim Kaine, was elected Governor of Virginia.

As Virginia’s First Lady, Holton championed a successful initiative to secure permanent family connections for more foster youth. In 2008, Holton shared her concern for older foster youth with the late Mark Fried, a board member of the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE), and together with VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois they initiated the program that became Great Expectations. VFCCE hired her to direct the program in 2013.

A former child welfare consultant to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Holton is the proud recipient of that organization’s Life Award of Distinction among many other honors. She and her husband (now U.S. Senator Tim Kaine) have three children and reside in Richmond, Virginia.

In January 2014, Ms. Holton left the Great Expectations program to become Virginia Secretary of Education.  But she remains a huge supporter of Virginia’s foster youth and the Great Expectations program.

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