Anna Scholl

Executive Director

Anna was raised in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley and graduated from the University of Virginia in 2006 (Wahoowa!). After working on a congressional campaign in Central Virginia, she moved to the big city: Washington D.C. As an associate at Kennedy Communications, Anna’s work ran the gamut from research to direct mail to online communications.

A Virginia girl at heart, Anna moved back to Charlottesville in 2010 to work for Congressman Tom Perriello’s reelection campaign. In June 2011, Anna joined ProgressVA as the founding Executive Director.

Anna lives in Albemarle County with her husband, Stephen, and her spoiled rotten puppy, Bartlett, where she can frequently be found making a big mess in the kitchen.

April Avant

Director of Digital Communications

April provides marketing, strategy and technology recommendations to Progress Virginia. April has spent the better part of a decade helping small to medium-sized businesses and nonprofits create or improve their online presence. Her goal is challenge partners and coalitions to create better stories and understand how Virginians (and the WORLD) wants to hear those stories.

She loves touring Virginia wineries, cooking, and working on her creative side-projects Revived Staples and The Nosh.

April lives in Washington D.C. where she ducks and dodges tourists, while drinking copious amounts of “caffinea”. You can find her on Twitter at @aprilavant or hunched over a laptop in a DC coffee shop.

Ashleigh Crocker

Program Director

Ashleigh Crocker grew up in Charlottesville and caught the political bug for the first time in 2005, when she first volunteered for Tim Kaine’s campaign for governor as a high school student. Since then, she has worked on a number of federal, state and, local campaigns, including both of Tom Perriello’s campaigns for Congress in 2008 and 2010.

After graduating from JMU in 2012, Ashleigh started work in the development department at a local non-profit. Since then, she has enjoyed working with a variety of nonprofits and campaigns on fundraising and communications work, and she was thrilled to have the opportunity to move back to Charlottesville and join the team at Progress Virginia.

Ashleigh lives in Charlottesville with her husband, David. When she’s not working hard to ensure progressive victories, she can be found at, where she creates and photographs delicious vegetarian food.