• 11/05/2021 11:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    VIENNA, VA - Leadership Fairfax is excited to announce the launch of their Youth Leadership Network in collaboration with Fairfax County. This new initiative provides a collective umbrella under which over 100 youth councils in the county can network, engage in volunteer opportunities and expand their leadership skills through educational courses that address leadership topics important to youth. The leadership network will also provide training opportunities for advisors and mentors working with youth councils. There is no cost to join the network and all training and educational classes will be provided for free to members. Leadership Fairfax and Fairfax County believe it is imperative that all interested youth in the community have access to high quality facilitators and educators to increase their knowledge and build skills necessary for success. Members of youth councils can sign up by going

    The Youth Leadership Network is an important part of Leadership Fairfax’s community focused Serve Fairfax initiative. Serve Fairfax provides community volunteers with board training and education to improve service on commissions, boards, committees and advisory councils in the region. Serve Fairfax connects interested volunteers with organizations seeking volunteer assistance. It is additionally the repository for Leadership Fairfax’s community conversations which include all research on community topics through an equity lens conducted annually by Leadership Fairfax fellows.

    “The Youth Leadership Network will provide important training and support to youth councils in Fairfax County, while connecting youth voices with organizations seeking to diversify and expand their approach to policy and procedure with a perspective towards the future,” stated CEO Karen Cleveland. The Youth Leadership Network will kick off official events in 2022 with four educational round tables, networking experiences and more.

    “Life, innovation, and progress continue to advance at a dizzying pace and the challenge to keep up with change only grows. That is why it is imperative that we engage our future leaders, early in their development in the process, as they learn the methods and practices needed to find solutions, bring communities together, and shape a path towards common benefit and a brighter tomorrow for all. Leadership Fairfax is uniquely positioned to provide the tutelage, training and empowerment needed to guide them on that leadership journey and we could not be prouder to answer the call,” stated Chairman of the Board, Danny Vargas.

    Leadership Fairfax is seeking youth councils in Fairfax County to join the youth leadership network at Membership is open to all youth councils supporting businesses, county organizations or nonprofits.

  • 11/03/2021 4:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Do you know a leader who embodies the ideals of selfless service, strategic vision and community collaboration. Now is the time to nominate them for our annual Northern Virginia Leadership Awards (NVLAs)! Awards will be presented at a virtual event on Friday, December 3, 2021

    The awards recognize the dedicated and passionate service of leaders in Northern Virginia, and will be bestowed in the following categories:

    • Covid-19 Hero Award
    • Educational Leadership Award
    • Nonprofit Individual Leadership Award
    • Nonprofit Organization Award
    • Corporate Leadership Award
    • Regional Leadership Award
    • Trustee Leadership Award

    Nominations can be submitted here: 2021 Nomination Form

    Deadline for submissions: Friday, November 5, 2021 by COB!

  • 10/20/2021 9:25 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Coverage of the Equity Council - Connection Newspapers

  • 10/14/2021 4:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    VIENNA, VA, OCTOBER 14, 2021 - Leadership Fairfax, a community leadership development nonprofit, launched its Equity Council on October 13th during a kick-off meeting, bringing together over 20 leaders in the fields of racial and social equity, business, community service, academia, and government. The purpose of the council is to be a catalyzing force for the collection, analysis and dissemination of information and resources related to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in Fairfax County. 

    The council will convene representatives, thought leaders, and influencers who can identify the greatest challenges, possible solutions, and highest potential initiatives related to inequities and disparities in the public, private, nonprofit, and academic sectors as well as civil society. More information, schedules, and research can be found at

    The Equity Council was created by Leadership Fairfax Board Chairman Danny Vargas, President and CEO of VARCom Solutions, Chairman Emeritus of the Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino, and former Chairman of the Virginia Board of Workforce Development. He stated, “The collective experiences over the past two years have shone a light and exposed the fact that there are persistent, 

    lingering, and pervasive inequities and disparities in our society that must be addressed with purpose and intentionality, and it will take leadership to implement these necessary and overdue changes. As the entity charged with developing impactful community stewards in our county and in our region, it is only fitting that Leadership Fairfax step up to coalesce leaders around this common cause and vital mission.”

    The founding Chairman of the Equity Council is Leadership Fairfax At-Large Director Bill Bouie, President and CEO of Sky Communications and Chairman of the Board of the Fairfax County Park Authority. Bouie commented that the Equity Council volunteers “have the passion to make Fairfax County and our world a better place by working to tear down walls that deny access to success and human dignity.”

    Karen Cleveland, Leadership Fairfax CEO stated “The establishment of the Equity Council reaffirms Leadership Fairfax’s commitment to racial and social equity. This effort represents our movement from programmatic training, around the issue, to engaging the community on all levels with defined outcomes and accountability measures in place.”

    The Equity Council will serve as a working group to lead Leadership Fairfax’s involvement in the equity space as part of the organization’s Serve Fairfax initiative. The full list of Equity Council members is below.

    Serve Fairfax provides community volunteers with board training and education to prepare, diversify and expand service on commissions, boards, committees, and advisory councils in the region. Serve Fairfax connects interested volunteers with organizations seeking volunteer service and ideas and serves as a repository for Community Conversations examining racial and social equity.

    Complete List of Council Members:

    Amanda Andere, CEO – Funders Together to End Homelessness

    Cynthia Bailey, Deputy County Attorney – Fairfax County

    Sindy Benavides, CEO – League of United Latin American Citizens

    Stephanie Berkowitz, President and CEO – Northern Virginia Family Service          

    Eileen Ellsworth, President and CEO – Community Foundation for Northern Virginia

    Leila Gordon, Executive Director – Reston Community Center

    Oanh Henry, CEO – Allegra Print and Mail of Fairfax

    Esther Lee, CEO – Refraction

    Noralisa Leo, Founder and President – Volta Communications Group

    Misti Mukherjee, Founder and Managing Member – Extensio Law

    Roberto Quinones, Founder and Mentor – DC Hispanic Employee Network

    Donielle Scherff, Government Proposal Consultant – Scherff Consulting, LLC

    Lynne Strobel, Partner – Walsh, Colucci, Lubeley & Walsh

    Kerrie Wilson, CEO - Cornerstones

    Julian Ha, Executive Recruiter Practice Leader, Heidrick & Struggles

    Dr. James Egenrieder, Research Faculty and Director, Thinkabit Lab – Virginia Tech College of Engineering

    Melody Gonzales, Senior Policy and Program Specialist, Community Advocacy & Partnership Engagement Dept. – NEA

    Karen Smaw, Director of Diversity Business Investment and Entrepreneurship – Fairfax County Economic Development Authority

    Dr. Charles Thomas Jr., CEO – Clear Cloud

    Sang Yi, Councilmember – Fairfax City Council




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