Matthew James has been named as Director of Virginia's Small Business and Supplier Diversity Department. Until recently he was Deputy Director of the Virginia Department of General Services. Mr. James served for ten years as the District 80 Member of the Virginia House of Delegates and worked as President and Chief Executive Officer of Peninsula Council for Workforce Development and as Economic Development Director for the city of Portsmouth, VA. He earned a BA in Economics and Mathematics at Hampton University and an MBA at J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He replaces Acting Director Jennifer Mayton.