Congressional District Committee (CD) Chairs
CD1 Chair: Katy Eller
A Shenandoah Valley native, Katy fell in love with Virginia’s Tidewater upon earning her BA in English from William & Mary. After receiving her MAEd in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Tech, she taught secondary English in Roanoke Valley public schools while donating time to student tutoring and writing initiatives. Katy began volunteering with progressive organizations when a job change prompted her return to Williamsburg. When not being an activist, she likes to read, write, and ramble outside with her husband and daughter. Her side project is a budding blog and complementary Instagram feed.
CD2 Chair: Martha Bennett
Martha grew up in Norfolk and Virginia Beach and started working in the culinary business at 16 as a summer job—a way to earn money to go to college. She attended GWU as a political science major and involved in politics, but finished with a management degree when she transferred to ODU, continuing to have a passion for cooking, as well as politics. Martha used to knock doors with her father in the summers; drumming up support for local candidates. Having worked many different jobs, she finally realized her true calling was the kitchen and graduated from Johnson and Wales 2 weeks before her daughter was born.
Martha moved to the peninsula of Virginia in 1997 to live in a good school district and her work brought her to Williamsburg. Having found herself a product of the Great Recession, she started her own business in 2008—when given lemons she made lemon chiffon cake! In 2012, she opened MOMO's Café as an extension of her personal chef business.
CD3 Chair and Education Liasion: David Jenkins
Dave’s involvement in government began at 16, when he was a Page in the U.S. House of Representatives. After graduating from the College of William and Mary, he was an officer in the Army Medical Service Corps training combat medics and performing combat medical planning. He served in 3rd Infantry Division in West Germany, The Academy of Health Sciences in San Antonio, and with 1st CAV during Operation Desert Storm. He ran as an unsuccessful candidate for US Congress in 1996 in Central Texas. For most of the last 20 years, Dave has been working with a home builder, enabling families to make their dream of home ownership come true. Dave has been happily married to his wife, Linda, for over 30 years.