Governor Announces Administration Appointments Affecting Agriculture

Travis Hill
Travis Hill, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry, was recently named the Chief Operating Officer of the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

Previously reappointed as deputy secretary by Governor McAuliffe in January 2014 after serving in the same capacity under Governor McDonnell since July 2011, Travis helped to advance the integration of agriculture and forestry into Virginia’s economic development agenda, including the development of the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industry Development Fund (AFID).  Travis worked with Virginia ABC and Virginia wineries, craft breweries and craft distilleries to promote growth in these industries and increase their use of Virginia grown products. 

Prior to his appointment to the Administration, Travis worked eight years as an attorney in the Richmond office of Williams Mullen, representing a wide variety of clients before the Virginia General Assembly, the State Corporation Commission and other regulatory bodies, including Virginia ABC. Travis received both his BA and JD degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Carrie Hileman
Carrie Hileman Chenery has been named Assistant Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry.

Carrie most recently served as the Manager of Legislation & Policy for the Virginia Economic Development Partnership.  Prior to that, she was a director of government affairs on the government relations team at the law firm Williams Mullen. 

Carrie grew up on a family farm in Lexington, Virginia, and received her B.S. in Environmental Policy & Planning and Agricultural & Applied Economics from Virginia Tech.  She also served as Governor’s Fellow in the natural resources secretariat under Governor Kaine and is a graduate of the 2013 Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership Political Leaders Program at the University of Virginia. 

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