Deputy County Manager
Gabriela Acurio is Deputy County Manager, with the lead responsibility for planning and development, including oversight of the Dept. of Community Planning, Housing and Development. She has worked in the County Manager’s Office since January 2002 and has been with Arlington County since 1984. She is also responsible for the development and management of County Board meeting agendas and associated reports. Ms. Acurio serves as a facilitator to a range of departments with responsibility for planning and development. She also serves as a liaison between the County Manager and the County Board on such issues.
Ms. Acurio has more than 20 years of experience in planning, land use and urban design in Arlington County. Prior to joining the County, she worked as an Architect with a non-profit organization in Lima, Peru designing affordable housing and community buildings in low-income areas.
Her more than 30 years of work experience in Arlington include the coordination of comprehensive planning and urban design projects in the Planning Division of the Department of Community Planning Housing and Development, and in the Business Revitalization Program in Arlington Economic Development.
Ms. Acurio has participated in several design competitions in Lima, Peru and is also a member of the American Planning Association. She has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Architecture — including graduate work in Urban Planning and Architecture — from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Ms. Acurio also has a professional degree in Architecture from UNI in Lima, Peru.