Virginia (Ginny) Gentles is a long-time school choice advocate and former state and federal education policy leader. She works with AFC’s policy and communications teams, assisting with policy analysis and development, school choice program administration, stakeholder management, parent organizing, bureaucratic navigation, and event planning.
After serving in education bureaucracies in Ontario, Florida and Washington, DC, Gentles transitioned to independent consulting. She spends a fair bit of time on Capitol Hill, informing Members of Congress and their staff about state school choice programs and federal policy options.
Gentles served as a senior political appointee in the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement under President George W. Bush. She led the Florida Department of Education’s Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice, managing the state’s scholarship programs and charter school program. While living in Canada, she administered a privately-funded scholarship program for the Fraser Institute and worked for the Ontario Ministry of Education’s Education Finance Branch. Gentles began her career on Capitol Hill as a legislative assistant and House Budget Committee analyst.
A Florida native, Virginia has a master of public administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University. She currently lives in Arlington, Virginia, with her two daughters.