Meet Danny Plaugher

Coming from humble beginnings and thanks to support from his mother and great educators, he became only the second person in his immediate family to graduate from high school. Danny and friendsAfterward, Danny attended Northern Virginia Community College before transferring to Virginia Commonwealth University.

When he moved to Henrico to attend college, he worked construction in Northern Virginia with his dad to pay his way through school.

Even as Danny worked hard to earn good grades, he was honored to earn an appointment from Governor Mark R. Warner to serve on the Advisory Committee for Juvenile Justice, becoming one of the youngest appointees the Governor's administration. He was reappointed for the position and served into Tim Kaine's administration.

Danny became the first member of my family to graduate from college in 2006.

Parents at graduationAfter working on several advocacy efforts, including the successful 2002 Higher Education Bond Referendum, he became the executive director of Virginians for High Speed Rail (VHSR) in 2007.
 
VHSR has lead a variety of successful efforts, including overseeing an increase in passenger rail service at Henrico’s Staples Mill Station in Brookland, the doubling of the Staples Mill parking lot; and the addition of a transit loop next to the Staples Mill station.
 
Danny currently serves on a variety of community service boards and organizations, including on the Advisory Committee for the Partnership for Smarter Growth, representing Henrico on GRTC’s Transit Advisory Group, as the treasurer of the Rail Policy Institute, and on the VCU Alumni Association.Danny and TK
 
Previously, Danny served as President of the Rotary Club of Richmond, on the Planning Committee for Senator Mark R. Warner’s 2013 Virginia Young Professional’s Summit, and on Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Transition Transportation Policy Council.
 
Due to his many achievements and continued focus on improving and enhancing his community, Danny was named one of VCU’s 2016 10 under 10 award winners and one of Richmond’s Top 40 under 40 in 2011 by Style Weekly. He is also a 2014 graduate of Leadership Metro Richmond, a 2014 graduate of the Henrico Citizens Academy, and a 2016 graduate of Henrico’s Citizen Fire Academy. Wedding photo
 
Danny and his wife Jan were married in 2016 are expecting their first child later this fall. Together they have 13 nieces and nephews, 3 great nieces and nephews, and two dogs Jackson (who they adopted from Henrico Animal Control) and Lily.