Governor Terry McAuliffe announced additional appointments to his administration. The appointees will join McAuliffe’s administration focused on finding common ground with members of both parties on issues that will grow Virginia’s economy and create more jobs across the Commonwealth.
Secretariat of Natural Resources
Kaci Easley, Confidential Assistant to the Secretary of Natural Resources
Kaci Easley previously served in several positions at the U.S. Department of Agriculture including as a Program Analyst and Project Manager at the National Finance Center, and an administrative officer at the Natural Resources Conservation Service. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in business marketing from Hampton University.
Secretariat of the Commonwealth
Bill Leighty, Board of Trustees of the Virginia Retirement System
From January of 2002 until September of 2007, Bill served as Chief of Staff to Governors Warner and Kaine. In 2005, Governing Magazine named Virginia the “Best Managed State in the Nation” and in 2007, Governing Magazine named him one of the nine “Public Officials of the Year.” For seven years, Bill was the Director of the Virginia Retirement System, where he led the agency to three consecutive U.S. Senate Productivity Awards. Upon retirement Bill joined DecideSmart, LLC consulting. In April of 2008, he served as Senior Advisor to the Scottish Executive advising the government on how to design and implement Scotland Performs, a national performance management system. In July of 2008, Bill conducted a performance review of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund, a $52 billion pension system. In 2011, at the request of the National Governors Association, Bill led a 5 person delegation to Nigeria to conduct a “new governors” seminar for the newly elected governors of Nigeria. Bill joined state government after serving in the United States Marine Corps. Bill graduated from Mary Washington College in 1978, and holds an MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University.