Name: Randy Pearson
Birthplace and/or where you grew up: Chester, Virginia
Where do you currently call home? Richmond, Virginia
Occupation: Lobbyist - Vice President - Two Capitols Consulting
Favorite part about the job: Getting to work on public policy in critical areas like education, infrastructure and economic development that have a significant impact across the Commonwealth.
Your first job ever: Pro Shop Assistant at First Tee of Chesterfield
Favorite Book/Currently Reading: Favorite - The Civil War: A Narrative by Shelby Foote
Currently Reading - Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West
Comfort Food: Meatloaf or a huge pasta bake
What’s playing in your car right now? A podcast about history or sports
Addicted to podcasts? What are the top three you listen to? Criminal Constitutionally Speaking Great Lecture Series - available on Audible
Next journey? Atlanta for a reunion with our Darden friends and Halloween party.
Favorite Virginia destination? Charlottesville...my wife and I met there, we still have close friends and family there and we love our alma mater. It will always feel like a second home.
First political memory? George Allen being elected Governor of Virginia.
Best advice you ever received? When I was an intern at the Center for Politics at UVA, I asked the center's Chief of Staff, Ken Stroupe, for advice on getting a job in politics. He told me to quit whatever I was doing and find a campaign to volunteer on for 100 hours a week for free. I quit my part-time job that day and found a local Board of Supervisors race to jump on board. Eight years later, I am still working in politics and love my job.
If you could have dinner with anyone currently living, who would it be and why? Ken Burns...Caitlyn and I have watched almost all of his documentaries multiple times and being able to nerd out about history with him would be fascinating.
One thing most people would be surprised to learn about you? I played ultimate frisbee for a nationally ranked team all through high school and had the chance to play in tournaments against some of the best collegiate and club teams in the country.
Ambition, political or otherwise? I don't have any plans to run for office anytime soon so my primary focus will remain to continue working on public policy in a way that I feel has a positive impact on my community and my home state. Also, on a less serious note, to be there in person the next time the Atlanta Braves or Virginia Basketball wins a championship.
Favorite part about the PLP so far? The people and the respect we have for one another's opinions. One of the best parts about the PLP is that it brings together such a diverse group of people to share their perspectives on issues of critical importance. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity PLP provides to make lasting friendships and to learn from such an impressive group of peers.