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The Governor and the First Lady at the AAPI Reception

May 23, 2024

Celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Month

The resounding contributions of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community are integral to the spirit of Virginia and beyond! The First Lady and Governor were grateful to welcome nearly 200 Virginians into the Executive Mansion last week in celebration of AAPI Heritage Month, toasting to the diverse array of cultures within this vibrant community. Many thanks to the talented performers from Sayaw Diversity and all those in attendance for your presence at this most special evening! 

The First Lady poses for the Girls with Pearls Graduation at the Executive Mansion

May 8, 2024

Congratulations to Blandford Academy's Girls with Pearls 2024 Graduates!

The First Lady welcomed Petersburg’s Blandford Academy's Girls with Pearls students and families, alongside representatives from the YMCA, Petersburg school board, Mayor’s office and more, to Capitol Square for tours and tea. 
A partnership between the Petersburg's Women's Club, the First Lady’s office and Communities in Schools, the mentorship program exists to equip the next generation of young female leaders with life skills for the future. 
Discussing topics like financial literacy, different career paths and educational opportunities, as well as etiquette, health and hygiene, mentors and mentees alike learned a lot throughout their semester together. 

Governor Youngkin and the First Lady pictured with the 2024 Teacher of the Year.

May 7, 2024

2024 Teacher of the Year

The First Lady joined the Governor in honoring the 2024 teacher of the year award winner, Avanti Yamamoto, at the Executive Mansion. Avanti has taught math at Atlee High School in Hanover County for the past 8 years, inspiring students to achieve beyond what they thought possible. The First Lady's mother was a schoolteacher as well and understands the impact a passionate and caring educator can have on a student. The First Lady thanks Avanti for her commitment to fostering our next generation of leaders and congratulates her on this milestone achievement. 

The First Lady at the Mother's Day Celebration 2024

May 3, 2024

Celebrating Mother's Day 2024

In honor of Mother’s Day, First Lady Suzanne S. Youngkin welcomed foster mothers from across Virginia to the Executive Mansion to celebrate the unwavering love, strength, and dedication that mothers bring to our families and communities. To all the biological moms, adoptive moms, stepmoms, foster moms, or mother figures, your impact is immeasurable. For the mothers who are no longer with us, your memory lives on in our hearts. To the moms who have lost a child, your strength is palpable and admired. The First Lady wishes the Commonwealth of Virginia a beautiful and joyful Mother's Day!  

Left to right: Susan Allen, Governor George Allen, First Lady Suzanne S. Youngkin, Senator Mark Warner, Governor Glenn Youngkin.

April 26, 2024

Welcoming Former Governors and First Ladies Back to Virginia's Home

For the first time in over a decade, Virginia’s current and former governors came together to break bread around the Executive Mansion dining room table, toasting to the incredible opportunity and rich responsibility that comes with serving the Commonwealth and its people. The First Lady and Governor are immensely grateful to have been a part of this historic evening amongst Virginia’s dedicated leaders.

Governor Glenn Youngkin (right) and First Lady Suzanne S. Youngkin (left) pose with the Easter bunny.

March 27, 2024

Executive Mansion Easter Egg Hunt

The First Lady and Governor hosted the Executive Mansion’s annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Virginia Egg Board, Virginia Egg Council, Virginia Poultry Federation and the Virginia 
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. This year, the Egg Farmers from Virginia’s Egg Council donated 7,200 eggs for distribution to families in need throughout Richmond via the Central Virginia Food Bank’s Feed More. To celebrate this amazing contribution, children and their families from the Massey Cancer Center and the Children’s Hospital at VCU joined in an afternoon of fun and conversation with the Governor and First Lady as the hunt for hidden eggs throughout the mansion took place.

Left to right: Governor Glenn Youngkin, Lisa Hicks-Thomas, Suzanne Youngkin.

March 26, 2024

Women’s History Month in the Commonwealth

To celebrate and honor women and the contributions they have made in Virginia and across the country, Governor Glenn and First Lady Suzanne S. Youngkin welcomed nearly 200 women to the Executive Mansion for an evening of fellowship during Women’s History Month. Together, women from every corner of the Commonwealth gathered to acknowledge the extraordinary women who have paved the way for progress and inspired the legacy of our Commonwealth. Amongst these women was former Secretary of Administration, State Deputy Attorney General and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, Lisa Hicks-Thomas, who kindly shared her experience serving on the Virginia Women’s Monument Commission and the integral role she played in the monument’s planning and execution.

First Lady Suzanne S. Youngkin poses with two women.

March 21, 2024

Honoring Women in Business

Making up 47.6% of Virgnia’s workforce and owning 44.3% of businesses in our Commonwealth, women are making their mark in Virginia’s most prominent industries. Welcoming business and industry leaders, chamber of commerce members and entrepreneurs, the First Lady and Governor raised a glass to the remarkable achievements of our Commonwealth’s businesswomen. A special thank you to Vanitha Khera and Ellen Victoria Luckey for sharing your professional journeys and sage advice, Kelly Phillips of KP Kake Pops and Erin Kennedy of OMG OCPs for the sweet treats and Renee Hall for providing beautiful music!

The Executive Mansion's dining table is set with a white table cloth, state china and flowers.

March 14, 2024

Lunch with Chef Patrick O’Connell and Friends

Referred to as “the Pope of American cuisine,” award-winning Chef Patrick O’Connell has been the heart and soul of The Inn at Little Washington since its 1978 inception. A self-taught sole proprietor, Chef O’Connell established roots in Little Washington, Virginia through resourceful partnerships with local farmers and artisans, making #homehistory as the Inn evolved into Virginia’s first and only restaurant to receive three Michelin stars.

Following an exclusive look at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture’s limited time exhibition, ‘Julia Child: A Recipe for Life,’ The Governor and First Lady were honored to welcome Chef O’Connell, also featured in the exhibit and a dear friend to Child, back to the Executive Mansion for lunch. Opening March 16th, the exhibition explores Child’s culinary and personal journeys, emphasizing her undeniable authenticity, curiosity, and zest for life.

First Lady Suzanne S. Youngkin looks down to sign something for a member of the Page program (left) while the Governor (right) watches.

February 28, 2024

Congratulations to the 2024 Class of House and Senate Pages!

With bright smiles and even brighter futures, the 2024 Class of House and Senate Pages have spent the last eight weeks garnering leadership skills, civic knowledge and invaluable experiences. Serving the house and senate chambers for over 150 years, this program is open to 13 and 14-year-olds from across the Commonwealth and offers hands-on involvement in Virginia’s legislative process. The Governor and First Lady had the chance to welcome this year's House and Senate Pages to the Executive Mansion for a reception in celebration of a wonderful session and learn about their accomplishments and goals.

The Governor, a legislative assistant and the First Lady pose for a photo.

February 26 and 27, 2024

Thanking the Teams behind Virginia’s Legislators

Thank you to the legislative, executive and administrative assistants of this year’s General Assembly session! The First Lady and Governor were thrilled to welcome the teams that keep the offices of Virginia’s legislators running and intact to the Executive Mansion last week in appreciation of their vital role in our legislative process. Your work is admired and revered by all!

First Lady Suzanne S. Youngkin greets three women inside the Executive Mansion.

February 20, 2024

Welcoming VA 250

The Governor and First Lady were honored to welcome members and friends of the Virginia American Revolution 250 Commission to the Executive Mansion following a wonderful day of activity in the Commonwealth's capital. Virginia’s history is the nation’s history, and through the leadership of partners like Carly Fiorina, Virginia’s National Honorary Chairperson, the First Lady and Governor Youngkin are committed to showcasing the unparalleled contributions Virginia made to the cause of liberty. To learn more about Virginia's involvement in the national commemoration, visit the VA 250 website

First Lady posing with BetterHalves Member 2024

February 9, 2024

Lunch with the ‘Better Halves’ of Virginia’s Legislators

Virginia’s legislators rely on the support, love and partnership of those they hold dear to navigate the months during session and beyond. The First Lady cherished time spent over lunch at the Executive Mansion with the ‘Better Halves’ of Virginia’s legislators and was honored to learn more about their lives and experiences.


February 8, 2024

Celebrating Black History Month in the Commonwealth

This Black History Month hundreds from across the Commonwealth will gather in Virginia’s executive home. The Governor and First Lady welcomed community, faith, and business leaders, educators, creatives and change-makers to the Executive Mansion as guests reflected on the incessant strength and resilience of Black Americans. Thank you especially to the students of Norfolk State University's Gospel Choir for sharing your talent and grace!


January 10, 2024

Commemorating the Beginning of the 2024 Legislative Session

And so it begins! The First Lady and Governor are overjoyed to have Virginia’s home filled with legislators again as they hosted a reception following the Governor's State of the Commonwealth Address. As we toast to our amazing Commonwealth, we are reminded of the invaluable opportunity to come together and serve its people.


January 9, 2024

‘The Night Before’ the Commonwealth Prayer Breakfast

Held for over 55 years on the morning of the first day of the Virginia General Assembly Legislative Session, the Commonwealth Prayer Breakfast provides legislators, constituents, and Virginians an opportunity to come together in bipartisan and nondenominational fellowship and pray over the legislative session and year ahead. ‘The Night Before,’ The First Lady and Governor welcomed those involved in the planning of this decades long tradition to the Executive Mansion in appreciation of their commitment to our Commonwealth.