Our people include our volunteer Board of Regents, our faculty and our staff.

Our Board of Regents are graduates of our programs committed to making the organization even better for the leaders who follow. As the official stewards of the Center’s mission, they serve as program recruiters, event ambassadors and community connectors. In addition, they work hard to ensure the organization is financially sustainable for future generations of leaders.

Our Faculty is selected to create an intentionally broad range of knowledge and experience for our programs and events. The Center’s faculty members are experts in their fields. But they are also engaging presenters who prioritize leadership development and appreciate the unique role civic-based Leadership Centers play in building individual and community-wide leadership capacity.

Our Staff is small but passionately committed to lifelong professional growth and community engagement. Interacting daily across business, government and nonprofit sectors, our staff strives to build programs and events that support leaders and their development – so they can bring their best to advancing our community.


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Mr. Mike Richardson ('13), CHAIR
Senior Vice President & Commercial Banking Officer, Chain Bridge Bank
Ms. Elaine Turville, ('14), CHAIR-ELECT
Managing Director, Human Services & Nonprofit Programs, Accenture Federal Services
Mr. David Barkley ('11), PAST-CHAIR
Business Initiatives Director, Freddie Mac
Sheriff Beth Arthur ('01)
Arlington County Sheriff's Office
Mr. George Bailey ('14)
Senior Vice President, Lockton
Ms. Kate Bates, LA (’15) & YPP (‘11)
President & CEO, Arlington Chamber of Commerce
Ms. Michele Fantt-Harris ('08)
Senior Vice President of Human Resources, National Cooperative Bank, N.A.
Ms. Shannon Flanagan-Watson ('07)
Deputy County Manager, Office of the County Manager, Arlington County
Mr. Samuel L. Kelly, Jr., ('17)
CEO, Bridges to Independence
Mr. Greg Hamilton ('14), PAST-CHAIR
Publisher & Co-Founder, Arlington Magazine
Mr. Tim Hughes, ('06)
Managing Shareholder, Bean, Kinney & Korman, PC
Ms. Elizabeth Jones Valderrama, ('09)
Executive Director, OAR of Arlington, Alexandria and Falls Church
Mr. Scott Nycum, ('14)
Director, Organizational Excellence and Performance, GDIT
Mr. Garrett O'Shea, ('11)
President, PockitShip
Mr. Scott Reamy, LA ('19) & YPP Fall ('16)
External Affairs Manager - Corporate Public Policy, Dominion Energy
Ms. Karen Rosales, ('13)
President & CEO, Arlington Community Federal Credit Union
Ms. Diana Waller, ('18)
Founder and CEO, Chasing Dragons

Note: Years listed after individuals’ names indicate the year in which they graduated from Leadership Arlington. “YPP” before a year indicates graduation from the Young Professionals Program.


Doug Brammer
Government Affairs Manager, Verizon
Mark S. Ingrao, CCP, CAE
President & CEO of the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce
Deborah T. Johnson
Regional Director for State & Local Affairs for Northern Virginia, Dominion Energy
Pinkie Dent Mayfield
Vice President-Corporate Affairs & Special Assistant to the Chairman of Graham Holdings Company
Matthew D. Shank, Ph.D.
President, Marymount University


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Karen Coltrane
President & CEO
Lisa Fikes
Executive Director of Volunteer Arlington
Cynthia Quinn
Christine Wilson
MtoM, Marketing Consultant


Ted Bilich
Ted Bilich
Juan Johnson
DMV Diversity & Inclusion Faculty
Christine Wilson
Ignite YPP Digital Marketing Faculty