In 2019, Sally Hudson became the first woman to represent Charlottesville in the Virginia State House. In her first term, she’s already delivered high-impact legislation to help Charlottesville tear down Confederate monuments and build up affordable housing.
Sally knows that we can’t wait another minute to confront our climate crisis. That’s why she’s earned a perfect voting record as a Legislative Hero with the League of Conservation Voters and a reputation for pushing for aggressive climate action.

Sally also understands that securing real progress for the long haul requires fixing democracy itself. That’s why she’s an active advocate for election reform and has led the charge in Virginia to adopt ranked-choice voting.

When she’s not serving in Richmond, Sally is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Economics at the University of Virginia. She studied economics and math at Stanford University and earned her PhD as a National Science Foundation fellow at MIT. Now more than ever, we need leaders like Sally to harness serious science for serious policy.