- J. Walter Tejada to serve as Vice Chairman
- Outgoing Chair Jay Fisette announces Board intention
Arlington County Board Vice Chair Mary Hughes Hynes will serve as the Board Chair for 2015, outgoing Chair Jay Fisette announced today. J. Walter Tejada will serve as vice chairman.
Fisette made the announcement at the Board's year-end meeting, where he said that he and his colleagues will elect Hynes and Tejada at their January 1, 2015 organizational meeting.
Hynes was elected to the County Board in 2007, after serving for 12 years on the Arlington School Board. As County Board Chair in 2012, she launched the PLACE (Participation, Leadership and Civic Engagement) initiative, which builds on Arlington's tradition of broad and deep civic engagement, known as “The Arlington Way.”
Hynes will lay out her 2015 priorities on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, during the Board's annual organizational meeting. The meeting is scheduled for 11 a.m. on New Year's Day, in keeping with the Board's tradition of getting to work on the first day of the year.
Hynes has worked to improve the planning and management of Arlington's public physical infrastructure during her years of service on both the Schools and County boards. To read her full biography, visit the County website.
About Mary Hughes Hynes
As a member of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) Board, Hynes chaired the Governance Committee and led the Metro Board's successful effort. Hynes now serves as an alternate director on the Board.
In December, 2013, she was honored by Metro Region's Council of Governments with the Scull award for regional leadership, the regional organization's highest award.
Hynes has lived in Lyon Village with her husband Patrick for more than 35 years. They are the parents of five Arlington Public School graduates.
J. Walter Tejada
J. Walter Tejada was first elected to the County Board in 2003. He was re-elected in 2007 and 2011. He served as the Board chairman in 2008 and2013, and vice-chair in 2007 and 2012.
A community advocate, Tejada has championed diversity, affordable housing, a healthy lifestyle and civic engagement during his tenure on the Board. He has launched initiatives, including FitArlington, a network of organizations and interested community members who support fitness and wellness in our community; the Community Volunteer Network, an initiative providing leadership development, educational and service opportunities for young adults and the Shirlington Employment and Education Center, providing opportunities for workers.
Born in El Salvador, Tejada moved to the United States when he was 13. He studied Government and Communication at George Mason University and has worked as an investigator, a business consultant and an aide to Congressman Jim Moran. To read his full biography, visit the County website.