Katrina Callsen

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Katrina Callsen is the Delegate-elect for House District 54 in the House of Delegates and will be sworn in in early 2024. Callsen resigned in September 2023 as the Rio District representative on the Albemarle County School Board to concentrate on the race. She will remain a deputy city attorney in Charlottesville despite being elected to state office.


Callsen grew up in the Virginia school system. She completed her undergraduate degree at Yale in 2008, then taught seventh-grade math for two years at a KIPP Academy charter school in Lynn, Massachusetts with Teach for America’s Boston Corps.[1]

Callsen completed some coursework for a master's degree in education at Boston University while she earned a Massachusetts teaching license in middle school math and science.[1]

She moved to Charlottesville in 2011 to attend the University of Virginia School of Law, from which she graduated in 2014. Since moving to Albemarle, she has participated in the School of Law's Child Advocacy Clinic, which offers legal representation to low-income children in Virginia.[1]

Callsen currently resides in the Agnor-Hurt Elementary district with her husband and her two sons. Her husband is co-founder and CEO of Rho AI, a predictive analytics startup that computes real-time strategy for NASCAR drivers. [1]

Time on School Board

Callsen was named Chair of the School Board in early 2023. [2]


On October 8, 2020, Callsen voted for a motion for Albemarle County Schools to begin in-person instruction for K-3 beginning on November 9, 2020 [3]

2023 election

Callsen is one of four candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for the House District 54 in the June 20, 2023 primary. Callsen is also a candidate for the Democratic nomination for House District 54 for the June 20, 2023 primary. [4]

Top campaign donors

Based on Virginia Department of Elections data from campaign finance reports.[5] $0 Starting Balance on Dec. 6, 2022; $110,155 Receipts 12/6/2022-3/31/2023; $76,610 Ending Balance on March 31, 2023

Campaign Finance Reports | House of Delegates - District 54
Starting Balance on Dec. 6, 2022 $0
Receipts 12/6/2022-3/31/2023 $110,155
Ending Balance on March 31, 2023 $76,610
Top campaign donors | House of Delegates - District 54 | as of June 12, 2023
Amount Donor Date
$20,000 Sonjia Smith 4/26/2023
$10,000 Leadership for Educational Equity 5/10/2023
$5,000 Julie Morrill 4/26/2023
$5,000 Emily's List 5/5/2023
$5,000 Virginia Trial Lawyers PAC 5/18/2023
$4,250 Leadership for Educational Equity 5/25/2023

2021 election

Callsen was unopposed in the 2021 election and received 95 percent of the vote. [6]

2017 Election

Callsen announced her candidacy for the Rio District seat on the Albemarle County School Board on April 19, 2017 at Pen Park.[1] She defeated former Agnor-Hurt Elementary literacy instructor Mary McIntyre in the November election, capturing 63 percent of the vote.

Callsen succeeded Pam Moynihan as the Rio District representative. Moynihan decided not to seek a fifth term on the school board in 2017.

Candidates Votes %
Katrina Callsen 4,017 63.21
Mary McIntyre 2,284 35.94
Write-In 54 0.85

Source: Albemarle County[7]

Callsen has said she will focus on closing the disparity of learning levels between students in Albemarle County, reducing overcrowding in schools in Albemarle's urban ring and finding long-term districting solutions for the division. Callsen also wants to ensure that all schools have access to and are offered equal resources.[1]

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Web. Former teacher, UVA Law grad enters county School Board race for Rio District, Charlottesville Tomorrow, April 19, 2017, retrieved April 23, 2017.
  2. Web. Albemarle County forced to reconsider allowing school workers to collective bargain after more than 100 people descend on meeting, Tamica Jean-Charles, News Article, Charlottesville, Virginia, February 24, 2023, retrieved February 25, 2023.
  3. Web. Albemarle School Board votes 4-3 to move to Stage Three, Katherine Knott, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, October 8, 2020, retrieved October 15, 2020.
  4. Web. Courteney Stuart Reports: 54th District candidates share their stories, vision, Courteney Stuart, News Article, Charlottesville, Virginia, February 24, 2023, retrieved February 25, 2023.
  5. https://www.vpap.org/candidates/290695/raw-reports-in/?schedule=A&committee=
  6. Web. 2021 November General Election Results - Albemarle County, Virginia Department of Elections, retrieved December 9, 2022.
  7. Web. Albemarle County, Virginia State Board of Elections, retrieved November 8, 2017.