Braxton Powell

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J. Braxton Powell
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Virginia Treasurer
Retired officeholder
In office
January 2006- January 2009
Executive Committee Member, National Association of State Treasurers
Elections and appointments
AppointedJanuary 12006
Appointed byGovernor of Virginia Tim Kaine
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Deputy Treasurer
Bachelor'sVirginia Tech
Office website
J. Braxton Powell is a former Virginia Treasurer. he was appointed in January, 2006 by then-governor Tim Kaine.[1] He was succeeded on January 1, 2009 by Manju Ganeriwala.


Powell was born in Suffolk, Virginia. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Business Administration (Finance), and he has earned certificates for his participation in the Commonwealth’s Virginia Executive Institute and the National Institute for Public Finance sponsored or presented by the National Association of State Treasurers.

Powell has also served the state at the former Virginia Department of Management Analysis and Systems Development and the Virginia Employment Commission. A speaker at the national level in the field of cash management, Powell has presented white papers at various conferences, and he is also published in the Journal of Cash Management.

Powell’s contributions to the Commonwealth’s cash management initiatives also have been recognized by Governor Gerald L. Baliles. In addition to Governor Baliles’ recognition, the Virginia Automated Clearing House Association acknowledged Powell’s professional leadership in the development of the Vendor Express Project, which is still in use today. A Certified Cash Manager by the Association of Financial Professionals, Powell was also a member of Virginia’s Commonwealth Association of Financial Professionals formerly the Commonwealth Treasury Management Association. His previous leadership roles within the organization include Director and President.


  • B.S. Business Administration/Finance - Virginia Tech

Political career

Virginia Treasurer (2006-2009)

A 24-year veteran with the Virginia Department of the Treasury, J. Braxton Powell was appointed Treasurer of Virginia by Governor Tim Kaine in January 2006.

As Treasurer of Virginia, Powell served on the following boards and authorities, the first six being staffed by the Department of the Treasury: Commonwealth of Virginia Treasury Board, Debt Capacity Advisory Committee, Virginia College Building Authority, Virginia Public Building Authority, Virginia Public School Authority, Tobacco Settlement Financing Corporation, Virginia College Savings Plan, Virginia Housing Development Authority, Virginia Port Authority, Virginia Resources Authority and the Virginia Small Business Financing Authority.

Powell was a member of the National Association of State Treasurers and was elected to serve as Vice-President of the Association's southern region. Powell also served on the Association's Unclaimed Property Committee, and its Banking, Collateral and Cash Management Committee.

Deputy Treasurer

Prior to his appointment to state executive office in 2006, Powell served at Governor Mark Warner’s request in the role of Deputy State Treasurer. While Deputy State Treasurer, Powell was responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Treasury and its budget in excess of $16.4 million. Powell also served at the Treasury in other capacities, including Director of Financial Policy, Manager of Cash and Banking and Cash Administrator. While serving as Director of Financial Policy, Powell prepared briefs for the legislature and helped shape goals and objectives for the Treasury’s strategic plan.



Powell was first appointed treasurer of the commonwealth by Governor Tim Kaine in January 2006.[2]


Powell is married to Judy Scott Powell, also of Suffolk and a retired elementary school teacher for Chesterfield County. Married 39 years, they have two daughters, Christina Powell Jenkins of Chesterfield County and Kendall Powell Odorizzi of Broomfield, Colorado. They also have two grandchildren.[2]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Virginia Treasurer
Succeeded by
Manju Ganeriwala