jon lissJon Liss, Executive Director

Jon has organized for racial and social justice in Virginia for the last 30 years. Between 1979-1981, he organized for the creation of an African American Studies department as a student at the University of Virginia. He graduated with a B.A. in History in 1981, and continued his organizing for US divestment in the South African Apartheid regime. From 1983-1984, he served as an elected leader of a taxi drivers association. In 1986, Jon co-founded Tenants and Workers United (TWU), a low-income racial and gender justice organization based in the Arlandria-Chirilagua neighborhood. Jon served as the Executive Director of TWU until 2011. In 2007 he co-founded New Virginia Majority and currently serves as both a board member and as the organization’s Executive Director. Jon and his wife Victoria have been married for 26 years. He is a father of two teenagers, and a part-time basketball coach.


tram nguyenTram Nguyen, Co-Executive Director

Tram joined New Virginia Majority in 2008. Following the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center, she helped fight for federal funding for a health treatment program to address the unmet physical and mental needs of rescue and recovery workers at Ground Zero. In 2005, Tram traveled to the Gulf Coast to organize the 30,000+ Vietnamese immigrants whose lives were devastated by Hurricane Katrina. For over 2 years, she directed a recovery program that assisted over 3,000 families by providing cultural and language-appropriate services, and she advocated for the sustainable redevelopment of immigrant communities and businesses in New Orleans, LA; Biloxi, MS; and Bayou La Batre, AL. Tram is an alumna of Barnard College, Columbia University and was a 2010 Lead the Way Fellow at the NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.


MalikMalik Russell, Communications Director

Malik joined NVM in 2014 as the communications director. Prior to joining NVM he served as the communications director for Everyday Democracy and has worked as a journalist for over two decades with the Black Press. He has also worked as a media consultant on strategic communications and served as the former communications director for the Justice Policy Institute, a criminal justice think tank. He is a published author with one novel and two books on spirituality to his credit.


QuanQuan Williams, Policy Associate

Quan joined NVM as our Policy Associate in April 2013. Prior to moving to Virginia, she was the Community Outreach Specialist for the Illinois African-American Family Commission where she worked via legislative and advocacy efforts in the areas of Education, Economics, Health, Social Justice, Employment, Housing, Child Welfare, and Criminal Justice. She is a graduate of California State University, Northridge with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Pan African Studies and earned a Master of Urban Planning and Policy degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2011.


Jordan ButlerJordan Butler, Voting Rights Coordinator

Jordan joined NVM in 2014 as our Voting Rights Coordinator. Prior to joining NVM he worked on numerous political campaigns and served as a Legislative Aide in the Virginia General Assembly. He is a graduate of Radford University and has Bachelor's degrees in both Political Science and History. In his free time Jordan enjoys watching the Richmond Kickers and Chelsea FC soccer teams.