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OUR TEAM

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Celeste Leroux
President & CEO
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Celeste founded Virgil Group in 2020 after 11 years in federal government advancing environmental policy in Washington, DC.  She has worked extensively with advocates, businesses, Congress, the U.S. and foreign governments to advance science-based policies that further responsible Arctic development, promote aquaculture and trade, protect natural resources and ecosystems and combat climate change.  At the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Celeste oversaw the Presidential Task Force on Combatting Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing and Seafood Fraud, and at NOAA she led development and implementation of the U.S. Seafood Import Monitoring Program from 2016-2020. 

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Wei Qiu
CTO
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For over 20 years, Qiu has provided his expertise in information technology and technological trends and advancements to various clients. He has delivered solutions through effective use and application of the latest and most effective technology.  Qiu has also worked extensively on business analysis, product design, technology R&D, software architecture, database design and application implementation. He has successfully developed a wide variety of complex and mission-critical software systems, including the U.S. interagency seafood trade data integration and analysis system, enterprise asset prioritization, allocation and scheduling system, various enterprise data consolidation and reporting systems, online event ticketing systems and more.

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Kayla Williams
Policy Analyst

Kayla recently completed a master's in Marine Affairs at the University of Rhode Island. Her work at Virgil Group includes preparing reports for our clients that address responsible fisheries, seafood supply chains, and traceability. Kayla has a strong interest in understanding the relationship between fisheries management, regulatory compliance, and marine mammal protection. When she is not in the office, Kayla is usually reading, cooking, or traveling.

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Fiona Calcagnini
Policy Analyst Intern
Focus: Offshore Wind 

Fiona is a junior at Georgetown University studying Economics and Computer Science. For Fall 2021, she is interning as a Policy Analyst for renewable energy technology. Her research will explore offshore wind farms and their impact on marine life. Fiona hopes to pursue a career in consulting, as she enjoys working with others to solve problems. In her free time, she loves to go for runs along the waterfront and explore the DC museum scene.

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Skye Lawrence
Senior Adviser

Skye has led strategic partnerships and fundraising at numerous organizations. She helps organizations leverage existing and create new networks to garner financial support and build supportive long-term ecosystems. She is the former Director of Enterprise Club and Development at the American Enterprise Institute and led Strategic Partnerships for the University College London's Department of Science, Technology and Public Policy.  At Harvard's Belfer Center for Science and Technology, she built strong cross-sector networks to support science and technology investments, conservation, outdoor education and agriculture.  She holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University College of London and a B.A. in Government from Smith College. 

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Holly Rooper
Policy Analyst Intern
Focus: Timber Traceability

Holly is a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University, where she is studying environmental science and policy. She received her Bachelor’s degree in International Relations at Marshall University in her home state of West Virginia. She will focus her internship on US-Russia relations, with a specific investigation on the illegal timber trade, and identify potential solutions. Holly has a strong interest in environmental protection on the International stage, has worked for conservation NGOs Cameroon and Peru, and worked on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. In her free time, Holly is an avid hiker, a dog mom, and a yoga teacher.

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Wallis Cole
Policy Analyst Intern
Focus: NRDA and Restoration 

Wallis is a senior at the University of Washington studying Environmental Science and
Resource Management with an emphasis on terrestrial resources. For the Fall of 2021, Wallis’
internship as a Policy Analyst will explore use of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) process in Washington state hazard sites as they pertain to fisheries restoration. Wallis has a strong interest in environmental policy and environmental law, specifically as it pertains to natural resource management and assessment. Most of the time, she can be found exploring the city of Seattle, hiking, paddleboarding, or trying out a new recipe.

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Paul McManus
Senior Adviser

Paul is a startup and environmental expert who's worked with several early-stage companies on the go-to-market side from building water sustainability, to aquaculture to more traditional business to business software as a service. His data-driven approach to finding and retaining the highest fit customers helps make early-stage companies more focussed and scalable. He has worked closely with CEOs and General Managers to make strategic, customer-first decisions in 3 venture-backed companies. 

He has a Masters of Environmental Engineering from Utah State University and loves to scuba dive.