The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) has hired Paul Van Lenten Jr. as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He began his position at Virginia ABC on Dec. 10.
Van Lenten has 20 years of government experience. For the past 11 years, he has worked as a legislative fiscal analyst with the House Appropriations Committee, advising members on appropriations for state agencies, writing legislation, creating policies and developing databases to manage reporting of budget actions approved by the General Assembly.
”Paul is a great addition to ABC’s leadership team,” said Chief Operating Officer Travis Hill. “He has tremendous experience working with the General Assembly and executive branch agencies on budget, analysis, project management and program evaluation.”
Prior to Van Lenten’s work for the House Appropriations Committee, he served as the policy and planning specialist for the Department of Planning and Budget from 1999 to 2003. While there he developed the self-financing revenue model for Virginia’s electronic procurement system and drafted the Governor’s Capital Implementation Plan. From 1994 to 1999, Van Lenten served in multiple positions with the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, including research assistant, as well as assistant, associate and senior legislative analyst.
Van Lenten earned a bachelor’s degree in government and history in 1992 and a master’s degree in public policy in 1994, both from The College of William and Mary.
The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is a major source of revenue for the commonwealth, contributing more than $1.8 billion to the general fund in the last five years. The agency currently operates 350 state stores. Its Bureau of Law Enforcement oversees more than 16,000 ABC licensed establishments while the Hearings and Appeals Division considers more than 700 cases each year. The agency also provides alcohol education and prevention programs for people of all ages. Now celebrating its 80th anniversary, ABC remains committed to progress and innovation in carrying out its control, service and revenue mission.
Paul Van Lenten Jr. Named Virginia ABC's Chief Financial Officer