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Al Weed – Chairman

Albert C. Weed II, Former Chairman and Co-Executive Director of Public Policy of Virginia (PPV), owns and operates Mountain Cove Vineyards in Nelson County. A founder of the Virginia Wine Industry, he was involved in every significant legislative, regulatory and organizational development of this now vibrant industry’s first quarter century. Mr. Weed also founded Rural Nelson, a land preservation group in his home county, and has served as a board member, director, and trustee for numerous non-profit concerns, including Advocates for a Sustainable Albemarle Population (ASAP), a group whose mission includes preserving the rural character of Albemarle County and protecting it from sprawl development. At the request of the Governor of Virginia he serves on the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Twice the Democratic candidate for the 5th Congressional District, Mr. Weed’s op-eds have been published in major publications, and he speaks frequently in all areas of the state about climate change, biomass energy, and a broad range of other public policy issues. He has a BA cum laude from Yale in Latin American Studies, a Master’s Degree in Economic Development and Political Modernization from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School, and served a total of almost 43 years mostly in the Reserve Components, retiring from Army Special Operations as a Command Sergeant Major.