Ginger Brown (JFAC Chair) has served on Arlington County’s Planning Commission, as the chair of the Planning Commission’s Long Range Planning Committee, the vice chair of Community Facilities Study and as a member of the Housing Commission.
She has lived with her family in the Waverly Hills neighborhood for 13 years where she served as a the President of the Waverly Hills Civic Association (WHCA), a Civic Federation delegate, and on the WHCA Neighborhood Conservation Plan working group. As the President of the WHCA, she co-founded the Lee Highway Alliance for the purpose of re-visioning the Lee Highway corridor. Her two daughters attend Glebe Elementary.
Ginger graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Cultural Anthropology. She received her Masters in Public Policy concentrating in public budgeting and finance from the George Washington University, where she worked for the Institute of Public Policy.
Greg Greeley (JFAC Vice Chair) has served as the chair of Arlington Public School’s Advisory Committee on Facilities and Capital Programs. He also served as chair of the South Arlington Elementary Working Group. He has been a member of a number of other school and community groups, including the Thomas Jefferson Working Group, Thomas Jefferson Public Facilities Review Committee, County Council of PTAs, and the Randolph Elementary PTA, where he served as Treasurer. His youngest son currently attends Wakefield High School.
Greg graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering. He also received a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering from MIT. Greg currently serves as an Assistant Chief Information Officer at the US Department of the Treasury.
Greg was an active foster parent and has adopted two sons. Greg and his family live in Douglas Park, and he has been an Arlington resident since 1987.
Ted Black has served as co-chair of the Arlington Public School Board’s Advisory Council on Instruction (ACI), a Vice-Chair of ACI, and representative to ACI from Thomas Jefferson Middle School and Barcroft Elementary School. He also served as a representative to the County Council of PTAs and was its liaison to the School Board’s Budget Advisory Council. His son attends Washington-Lee High School where Ted has served as PTA Vice-President. Ted graduated from Marshall University with a B.A. in Political Science. He received a Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University (formerly the National Defense Intelligence College) and works for the Federal Government. Ted and his family have lived in Arlington Heights for 25 years.
Susan Cunningham is chair of the Arlington School Board’s Stratford Middle School Building Level Planning Commission (BLPC) and chair of the Superintendent’s Special Committee on Historic Interpretation at Stratford Middle School. She previously served as member of HB-Woodlawn Music Addition BLPC and the Facilities Advisory Committee.
She lives in the Donaldson Run neighborhood and serves on the Community Advisory Group of the Lee Highway Alliance. Susan has held volunteer roles with community safety net and education organizations, including Little Beginnings CDC, Doorways, St. Mary’s Church, See Forever Foundation and SEED Foundation. Her two daughters attend Taylor Elementary.
Susan graduated from Yale University with a B.S and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, served as a Fulbright Scholar in Renewable Energy Studies in Southeast Africa. Professionally she has led public education reform, sustainable development and government innovation efforts. She is currently Senior Expert in Public Sector Analytics for McKinsey.
Matt De Ferranti serves as Legislative Director for the National Indian Education Association, developing, directing, and implementing the organization’s work to improve educational outcomes for Native students. In Arlington, Matt has volunteered as a member of the Affordable Housing Task Force, the Housing Commission, and as Vice-Chair of the Arlington Public Schools, Budget Advisory Council. He also is a proud alumnus of Leadership Arlington and is a participant in Arlington’s Neighborhood College class of 2017.
Professionally, Matt previously worked at the Education Trust, where he served as Director of Legislative Affairs during the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which culminated in enactment of the Every Student Succeeds Act. Other advocacy and government relations experience includes work as Policy Counsel for Feeding America and Director of Federal Agency Relations for Habitat for Humanity. Before working in advocacy and government relations, Matt served as an attorney for cities in California and Texas and as Chief of Staff for a Texas State Representative. Matt began his career teaching through Teach for America in Houston’s Fifth Ward.
Cristina Diaz-Torres is an accomplished policy analyst with expertise in education, program oversight, and strategic planning. As an analyst for Education First Consulting, she leads research efforts and supports project teams for a mission-driven strategy and policy organization with expertise in education improvement.
Cristina has a master’s degree in education (secondary mathematics) from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and a bachelors degree in economics and history from New York University.
Jerry Gidner has served as a member and President of the Board of Directors of Encore Stage & Studio, a non-profit children’s theater in Arlington. He also has a daughter on the Arlington Aerials gymnastic team.
Jerry has a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Michigan State University, a law degree and a Master’s Degree in Natural Resources Policy and Management from the University of Michigan, and an MBA from American University. He is a Senior Executive with the Federal Department of the Interior.
Jerry has lived in the Leeway-Overlee neighborhood for 15 years and in Fairlington for nine years before that. One of his daughters went to Arlington schools and is now in college. The other is in the 8th grade at Williamsburg Middle School.
Eric Goldstein is the vice-chair of the Arlington County Pedestrian Advisory Committee and has served as the vice president of the Ashton Heights Civic Association. He also serves on the County Streetlight Management Plan Advisory Panel and Rosslyn Transportation Stakeholder Advisory Group. He has lived in Ashton Heights since 2011. A graduate of American University, Eric works in Rosslyn as an economist at Nathan Associates Inc., an economic consulting firm.
Joseph Leitmann-Santa Cruz is the Associate Director of the Washington, DC-based non-profit organization Capital Area Asset Builders (CAAB). He is an Asset Building, Financial Capability and Financial Services professional with 16 years of experience in a broad spectrum of program & project management, team management, business development and investment strategy & portfolio management in 1) the Wealth Management and Investment Management fields servicing Wealth Management Firms, High-Net-Worth Individuals & Families, Endowments, Foundations and Retirement Plans and 2) the Asset Building field working with Non-Profit Organizations, Small Business Entrepreneurs and Low- and Moderate-Income Families.
Prior to joining CAAB, for over 2 ½ years Joseph was Managing Director of Investment Operations & Portfolio Management at McLean Asset Management, a wealth management firm in McLean, Virginia. Before that position, for over 8 ½ years Joseph was Vice President of Client Services & Managed Accounts at Advisor Partners, LLC, an institutional money management firm in San Francisco, California.
Currently, Joseph is on the Board of Directors of the Arlington-based non-profit organization Dream Project and is also active with two other Greater Washington, DC-based non-profit organizations—Washington Area Community Investment Fund (WACIF) and Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC)—developing & teaching, on a pro bono basis, Wealth Achievement and Personal Financial Planning classes for low-income first-time home buying families and small business entrepreneurs. Previously, Joseph has been a Member of the Investment Committee of The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, Strategy Advisor to the Executive Director of the Hispanic Committee of Virginia and intern in Ankara, Turkey and Frankfurt, Germany. Joseph, his wife and their two children have been residents of Arlington for the past six years.
Todd McCracken has served on the Arlington School Board (2012), as chair of the APS Advisory Council on Facilities and Capital Programs (FAC), and as chair of the Superintendent’s Master Planning Committee. He also serves as a member of the Public Facilities Review Committee (PFRC) and the Building Level Planning Committee (BLPC) for the new elementary school at the Thomas Jefferson site.
A 29-year resident of Arlington, for the past 16 years Todd has lived with his family in Tara-Leeway Heights, where he has served on the civic association board. Todd has been an active volunteer at his two sons’ schools, Tuckahoe, Swanson, Washington-Lee, and HB-Woodlawn, serving on a number of PTA and APS committees. A native of New Mexico, Todd received his B.A. in Economics from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.
Devanshi Patel is a named partner at a local law firm, practicing primarily in Arlington, with a focus on juvenile and family law matters. Devanshi was raised in Arlington, and she is committed to serving the community. She currently serves as an appointed community-member of the Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth & Families, after serving as its Chair for two years. Devanshi also serves on the Board of the Friends of Argus and Aurora Houses, and recently served on APS’s Whole Child Working Group charged with implementing APS Strategic Goal 5 – meeting the needs of the whole child. Devanshi is a member of Project Peace, and she serves as an adjunct professor at Howard University School of Law.
Susan Robinson had a long career in local government, schools and the non-profit sector. She served as Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Management Services and Assistant Superintendent, Information Systems for the Arlington Virginia Public Schools; Town Manager, Chevy Chase MD; Deputy Director of Administration of the Government Finance Research Center (GFOA); and as a private consultant to local governments and schools. Since retirement from Arlington Public Schools, she consults and provides analysis, training and technical assistance to address a variety of management, financial, planning, accountability, change and policy issues. As a Senior Management Consultant for the International City Management Association (ICMA) and Partners for Livable Places, she focused on assistance in creating livable communities for all ages. Currently, Sue serves as the Executive Director of the Arlington School Administrators, a part-time position that provides management support to the professional association of Arlington Public School administrators.
Sue served on a variety of capital construction, financing and community committees as the APS Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Management Services. More recently, she was the Chair of the County’s Fiscal Affairs Commission (FAAC). She also chaired the County CIP Capital Asset Preservation Working Group. She is a member of the Board of Governors of the Lyon Park Community Center, which recently completed a major renovation including development of a capital plan, financing and construction oversight.
Sue lives in Lyon Park with her husband and for 39 years has been an active participant in the community. Her three daughters attended Arlington Public Schools. She graduated from the University of Utah with a B.S. in Political Science. Sue received a Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in local government budgeting and finance from the George Washington University. At George Mason University she taught graduate courses in Public Financial Management.
William Ross has served as the vice chair of the Park and Recreation Commission and is on the Retirement Board for Arlington County. He previously served as chair of the county’s Tenant Landlord Commission and as president of the Tuckahoe School PTA. He was active in the outdoor learning programs for various Arlington schools, and coached youth basketball, soccer, and baseball. Bill teaches financial education classes with the Virginia Cooperative Extension program. He has a PhD in economics and works as an economist for Fu Associates, an Arlington-based health care consulting firm. Bill previously worked at the U.S. Departments of State and Labor and has lived with his family in Arlington since 1986.
Katie Rouse served on the BLPC for the new elementary at the Thomas Jefferson site and is a volunteer with the Patrick Henry PTA. After spending three and a half years in south Arlington in the early 2000s, she and her family returned 4 years ago. They now live in Penrose.
Katie holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from the Broad Center for the Management of School Systems; an MBA from Harvard University; a bachelor’s degree in Education, Sociology & Anthropology from Swarthmore College; and an executive certificate in nonprofit management from Georgetown University. She currently works in strategic advising for Bellwether Education Partners.
Rachel Silberman has nearly a decade of experience in public budgeting at the state, local, and school district level. She currently works as a budget analyst for Fairfax County Public Schools handling facilities, transportation, and the district’s construction fund. Previously, Rachel worked in budget and policy at the Montgomery County Office of Management and Budget and the Maryland Department of Legislative Services with portfolios including human services, public school construction, and K-12 funding formulas. Rachel taught fourth and fifth grade in the Rio Grande Valley for Teach for America and has a Master’s degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor’s degree in Government from Skidmore College. Rachel is a graduate of Yorktown High School and lives in Bluemont with her husband and two daughters.
Rodney W. Turner has served on Arlington County’s Fire Station #8 Task Force which the Arlington County Board charged with reviewing and recommending sites to build an upgraded and expanded Fire Station #8. His community service has also included service to his alma mater. Rodney has served as President of the George Mason University Alumni Association and as the President of the Law School Chapter of the George Mason University Alumni Association.
Rodney and his wife have lived in the High View Park neighborhood for 15 years where he is a member of the John M. Langston Citizens Association. They have a son and daughter who attend Discovery Elementary.
Rodney graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, and he earned his Juris Doctor degree from George Mason University School of Law. Rodney has worked in financial services regulation for over two decades. He has worked as an enforcement attorney with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”), the largest self-regulatory organization for the securities industry in the United States. Rodney has also worked as a compliance consultant for securities firms. He currently works as a Compliance Counsel with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc., a certifying and standards-setting organization for the financial planning profession.
Janine Velasco has 20 years of Federal experience in a managing key business functions including finance, acquisition, facilities, human resource information technology at several Departments. Over the past decade she has had an active commitment to ensuring that Arlington County meets its educational goals for all students. She served from 2009-15 on the Advisory Council on School Facilities and Capital Programs (FAC), including two years as the Chair. During her tenure on the FAC, she led meetings, supported public engagement activities and facilitated public sessions with parents and community members to gain insight on how to meet the needs of a growing student body. Janine served on the Thomas Jefferson School Working Group, which was charged with evaluating the site to determine if it could meet recreational and educational goals across on the site’s footprint. She has also coached basketball for many years in Arlington County.
Cicely Whitfield, a born and raised Arlingtonian, brings a diverse background of experiences with her to work with the Arlington community. She has earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work. Her work and life experiences have empowered her to promote equality, fight for justice and to advocate for others. Currently, she serves as the Executive Director of the Bonder & Amanda Johnson Community Development Corporation (BAJCDC), a small nonprofit providing social services to Arlington residents, particularly those who reside in and around the Nauck neighborhood. She also spent several years as a contract administrator for a large defense contractor in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, where she supported new business proposal efforts, participated in the daily operations of the program office to meet schedules and/or resolve complex issues, and monitored contract performance.
For Cicely, serving on JFAC means looking out for the future of Arlington. Every day, she looks forward to serving the Arlington community through creating opportunities, empowering, providing support and assistance to residents of the community and surrounding areas.
Steve Young has served as an Arlington County Parks volunteer for over 20 years and is a certified Master Naturalist. Steve has received several awards for his volunteer work on invasive plant management, including Arlington’s Bill Thomas Outstanding Park Volunteer Award.
Steve and his family have lived in the Glencarlyn neighborhood for over 35 years, raising a grown son.
Steve graduated from Columbia College in New York and took graduate-level courses at the Federal Executive Institute and what was then the Colgate-Darden Business School at UVa. He began federal service as a Navy and EPA contracting officer and worked over 30 years at EPA where he focused on information policy, technology, and management and received numerous awards. For almost 10 years he co-chaired the U.S./Mexico Border Indicators Task Force. Currently he does consulting for a local minority- and woman-owned business and continues volunteer work.