- Bozman elected six times, served as chair six times
- Visionary leader led County through transformative years
The Arlington County Board today voted unanimously to name the County Office Building at 2100 Clarendon Boulevard for Ellen M. Bozman, the six-time Board Chair who served on the Board through some of Arlington’s most transformative years, and who died in 2009.
“Ellen Bozman set the bar high for civic service and leadership,” Arlington County Board Chair Jay Fisette said. “It is entirely fitting that the County offices be named for Ellen — a visionary who helped guide Arlington’s growth for decades, played a key role in developing Metro here, and who maintained the highest ethical standards throughout her decades of service to this community that she loved. Ellen believed in open, inclusive, competent government as a powerful agent of progress.”
The Board voted unanimously to name the 2100 Clarendon Building for Bozman. To read the staff report, scroll down to Item No. 43 on the agenda for the Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 Regular County Board Meeting.
In August, 2017, County Board Chair Fisette received a petition signed by 62 prominent Arlington residents asking that the Board name the County Office Building for Bozman. The County’s Historical Affairs and Landmark Review Board unanimously approved the naming on September 20, 2017.
About Ellen M. Bozman
Ellen M. Bozman was first elected to the Arlington County Board in 1973, and served for 24 years. Her civic life began long before then, when she moved to the area after being selected by the National Institute of Public Affairs to participate in its internship program.
As a member of the League of Conservation Voters in the mid-1950s, Bozman helped defeat massive resistance to racial desegregation in Virginia. She chaired a local fundraising organization, the Arlington Health and Welfare Council from 1967-1969, where she led the study of the growing challenges confronting families with children where both parents were working. She championed Arlington’s extended day program for schools.
On the Planning Commission, and later, on the County Board, Bozman helped build the long-range framework for redevelopment of Arlington’s Metro corridors. She also represented the County on the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority and chaired the Arlington Committee of 100. She was president of the Church Council of Rock Spring United Church of Christ.
During her service on the County Board, Bozman planned for nursing homes and started day-care programs for the frail elderly. She championed sound fiscal management; worked to improve transit services; sought to preserve affordable housing, promoted the performing arts and farmers markets and created Neighborhood Day.
Bozman was a co-founder of the Alliance for Housing Solutions, and a member of its Board of Directors. The Alliance later named an award for her, given annually to individuals or organizations who have significantly advanced efforts to increase the supply of and/or to improve the quality of affordable housing in Arlington through leadership, innovation, and effectiveness over time.
Bozman oversaw high-quality redevelopment in Arlington, in accordance with adopted plans. She served on the Board of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments for 14 years, and chaired that Board twice. She also served on other regional and state bodies.
When she retired from the County Board in 1997, the Virginia General Assembly passed a resolution commending Bozman for “one of the most distinguished public service careers in Arlington history.” Bozman received the Elizabeth and David Scull Public Service Award from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments in 1983. In 1997, the Virginia Association of Counties honored her with the Jefferson Cup. Washingtonian magazine named her “Washingtonian of the Year” in 1986.