Eugene Chigna is a member of MRAYD, and serves as the current treasurer of the Virginia Young Democrats. The proud son of Guatemalan immigrants, Eugene does his best to champion the values, dreams, and ideals that not only his parents passed on, but that other immigrant families and fellow Americans share and fight for every day. Born in Los Angeles, California, Eugene moved to the Northern Virginia area at age five and completed his education in Arlington County. He began his college education in Hampton University, and later transferred to Virginia Commonwealth University where he graduated with political science honors.
In 2016 Eugene interned with Senator Creigh Deeds during the General Assembly session; became a Governor’s Fellow; interned with the Hillary Clinton campaign; and was appointed by the Honorable Terence McAuliffe to the Virginia Latino Advisory Board–where he serves as chair of the education and workforce development committee. In this role, Eugene advises the Governor on the needs and concerns of the Latino communities in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and puts forth recommendations on an annual basis. Eugene also serves as Central Virginia co-chair of the Democratic Latino Organization of Virginia, helping the Democratic Party of Virginia to reach more Latino voters and communities, and helping to expand the Democratic Party. Eugene is also a graduate of the Sorensen Institute’s Emerging Leaders Program.
Eugene is passionate about music and enjoys playing music with his friends. He enjoys seeing live shows, and going out to listen to the Richmond Symphony, where he also serves as a member of their 20/30 advisory council. Eugene enjoys playing and coaching volleyball, and has coached youth local and club national teams. He has a six-year-old cat, owns enough instruments to form a one-man-band, and can read minds. You may be saying to yourself ‘no he can’t’–but he already knew you would think that.