Virginia Kase is the CEO of the League of Women Voters of the United States. Prior to joining the League, she served as COO of CASA, an organization at the forefront of the immigrant rights movement representing nearly 100,000 members. In that leadership role, Virginia managed the strategic growth, direction, and operations of the organization and served as a key thought leader on its politics and policy team.
Prior to CASA, Virginia spent eight years serving as the National Technical Assistance and Training Manager at the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise (CNE) in Washington, DC. While at CNE she developed a grant making and capacity building program for grassroots non-profits addressing issues of urban violence, economic, racial and social inequality. During that time, she also studied what made them effective, using that information to assist groups in deepening their impact by replicating best practices and identifying opportunities for cross-sector movement building.
Virginia’s career started in her early 20’s when she co-founded a youth-led non-profit in her hometown of Hartford, CT. There she organized current and former gang members and other at-risk youth and sought to provide them with a pathway out of a destructive lifestyle through leadership development and access to employment and educational opportunities. The idea for this work was formed out of her desire to create a change in her community because of her experience as a teenager living in one of the city’s most violent and gang-infested neighborhoods.
Virginia has more than 20 years’ experience working in the non-profit sector and is a passionate activist and advocate for social justice. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. She is the mother of two awesome sons and lives in Maryland with her fiancé and her rescue dog Boss.
Throughout our history, the League has not always been welcoming to women of color. As we approach our 100th anniversary, we are not only striving for better, we will do better.