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RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced additional appointments to his administration today. 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 Commerce and Trade
Carlton “Ray” Davenport, Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry
Carlton “Ray” Davenport previously served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Virginia AFL-CIO, one of two executive officers of the organization. Prior to being elected an officer at the Virginia AFL-CIO, Ray served as Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry from 2002-2009 in Governor Mark Warner and Governor Tim Kaine’s administrations. He was responsible for general management/supervision of Virginia’s occupational safety & health state plan, enforcement of labor & employment laws, registered apprenticeship programs, and overseeing the certification and safe operation of commercial boilers and pressure vessels. Ray is a product of Virginia’s registered apprenticeship program graduating as a journeyman crane operator, and was later elected as business manager of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 147. He served 13 years as principal officer of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 147 as well as 7 years as President of the Virginia State Building and Construction Trades prior to being appointed as Virginia’s Commissioner of Labor & Industry. Ray holds a B.A. in Labor Studies from George Meany Center for Labor Studies/Antioch University and a M.S. from University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Lawrence D. “Larry” Wilder, Jr., Advisor for Social Entrepreneurism and Innovation of the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity
Lawrence D. “Larry” Wilder, Jr. previously served as Assistant Secretary of Education focusing on issues of charter schools, college laboratory schools, and financial literacy. Prior to that role, he was a Special Assistant for Reentry Education, working on the Governor’s Prisoner Reentry Initiative on issues of education, housing and workforce development. Larry has served as a consultant with Unisphere Development Strategies, which focused on economic development in low-income communities; Strategic Markets Director in the Los Angeles office of Urban America, an investment advisor and asset manager specializing in urban commercial and mixed-use real estate investment; and practiced law for 14 years with the law firm of Wilder & Gregory in Richmond. Additionally, Larry held a variety of finance and advisory positions including with the Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement System, Jackson Securities, The World Bank’s International Finance Corporation, and Pacific Community Ventures. Larry also served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1992-1994. Larry earned both a B.A in Economics and a J.D. from the University of Virginia, and is a member of the Virginia State Bar. He also holds a M.B.A. from the University of Southern California.
Andrew K. Block, Jr., Director of the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice
Block was an Associate Professor and Director of the Child Advocacy Clinic at the University of Virginia School of Law from 2010-2014. From 1998 until the spring of 2010 he was the founder and Legal Director of the JustChildren Program of the Legal Aid Justice Center. He started the program to meet the unaddressed legal needs of court-involved youth in the Charlottesville area. Over time the program expanded and included lawyers in Charlottesville, Richmond, and Petersburg, statewide policy advocacy for vulnerable young people, and training for judges, lawyers, child-serving professionals, and parents. Andy received various awards for his innovative and successful work at JustChildren, including the American Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Division Child Advocacy Award, the Virginia State Bar’s Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year, the Virginia Bar Association’s Robert F. Shepherd, Jr. Award, and the Charlottesville Daily Progress Distinguished Dozen. Block graduated from Yale University in 1987 and from the Northwestern University School of Law in 1994.
Francine C. Ecker, Director of the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services
Ecker was the Senior Policy Advisor for Strategic Planning for the National Criminal Justice Association, where she consulted with federal, state, and local government in the areas of criminal justice planning, evidence-based program development, and organizational management. She previously served as a Division Director at the Department of Criminal Justice Services, where she was responsible for the Corrections, Juvenile, and Victim Services Sections of the agency, as well as for Department training activities. Ecker has over 25 years of management experience in state and local government. Throughout her career in government service, and previous work as the Executive Director of a rural victim services program in the New River Valley, she has been instrumental in the design, development, and implementation of state and local criminal justice, prosecution, law enforcement, child welfare, and domestic and sexual violence grant programs. She served for several years as a clinical consultant to a local community corrections program in Central Virginia. Ms. Ecker earned her B.S.W. in Social Welfare in 1978 and Ed.M. in Counseling Psychology in 1981 from Temple University.