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Published On 5/9/2023
The McLean Citizens Association is awarding four teens a Teen Character Award in the 25th annual award ceremony at McLean Day on Saturday, May 20. The award ceremony will be held at 3 PM at Lewinsville Park on Chain Bridge Road in McLean. Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust; Elaine Tholen, Dranesville District School Board Member; and Scott Spitzer, McLean Citizens Association President; will present the awards.

The award is to honor teens who demonstrate outstanding character. Teens who have, on their own and without compensation, helped out in their neighborhood or community, are being recognized not only for themselves but as an example to others.

Click on "Read More" to read about this year's four awardees.
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Published On 5/3/2023
How long have you lived in Mclean? Why did you move to McLean?
I have lived in McLean for 13 Years. I move to McLean mainly because of schools and closeness to DC. At the time I was involved with U.S. Govt. contracts.

What is your professional/work and educational background?
Professional - Engineer-Electrical and I have a master’s in engineering management.

How long have you been an MCA member?
Since 2015

What is the value of being an MCA member?
The best value is that it keeps me informed about my government at work, my surroundings and my neighborhood and the state of things in general. The second most important thing is that I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with a very dedicated group of folks who devote a lot of time in their quest for the betterment of our community. I can honestly say that I don’t know of a finer group of people anywhere. This group is scarce to find in other parts of the country.
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Published On 4/23/2023
On April 6, the MCA Board passed a resolution [link to resolution] on the County Executive’s Fiscal Year 2024 Advertised Budget.

To address rising crime and officer vacancies, the MCA urged a 15% across-the-board increase in police salaries. The MCA urged full funding for the Park Authority’s forestry management services, additional funding for sidewalks and trails, and the exploration of the use of 2023 school bonds for the same purpose.

In response to community input, the MCA also urged the Board to reduce the property tax rate by at least 3 cents in FY 2024 and not to increase the tax rate in FY 2025, to partly offset the dramatic increase in residential home assessments over the past two years.
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Published On 4/23/2023
On April 6, 2023, MCA adopted a resolution urging the Board of Supervisors to oppose a number of proposed amendments to Article 6 of the Zoning Ordinance which regulates off-street parking and loading. Entitled “Parking Reimagined,” the county’s initiative seeks to modernize the ordinance which was adopted in the 1980’s.

MCA believes that updates are required, but that key recommendations are unjustified and should not be implemented. In general, MCA believes that the Initiative’s basic assumption about significant future reductions in the use of private vehicles is not supported by the availability of adequate public transportation and service infrastructure. Particular areas of concern include the excessive reductions to off-street minimum parking requirements for multifamily developments, and the granting of increased authority to the Director of Land Development Services to unilaterally reduce parking requirements beyond the 30% allowable reduction in the current ordinance.
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Published On 4/7/2023
The McLean Citizens Association and the McLean Community Center cordially invites you to a Senior Safety Summit on Wednesday, April 26, 2023 from 10am to 12pm in the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean 22101, Community Rooms B, and C.

Registration is not required. Admission is FREE. All are welcome to attend - Seniors, Parents, Caregivers and Family Members!


John Butler, Chief of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department
Kevin Davis, Chief of the Fairfax County Police Department
Betsy May-Salazar, Executive Director, McLean Community Center
Scott Spitzer, President, McLean Citizens Association


• Community Risk Reduction
• Search and Rescue – Missing Persons
• Financial Crimes against Senior Citizens
• Romance & Business Scams Crime Prevention and Safety
• Questions and Answers
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Published On 4/5/2023
The McLean Citizens Association (MCA) is again sponsoring Teen Character Awards to recognize teens with exceptional ethical and compassionate character. Teens who have, on their own and without compensation or formal recognition, cared for elderly relatives or younger siblings, or who have helped out in the neighborhood or community (defined as the Greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area), deserve to be recognized not only for themselves but as examples to others.

All teen nominations must meet the criteria listed on the application. The MCA Education and Youth Committee will review nominations to determine compliance and select the winners from the most deserving candidates.


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Published On 3/25/2023
On March 11, 2023, the Art in Motion Dance performers entertained the crowd at the “I Love McLean” celebration hosted by McLean Citizens Association (MCA). The dancers, from preschoolers to high school students, performed four different numbers from cheerleading and hip hop to musical theater jazz. The dancers performed in beautiful costumes and brought big smiles to the faces of the appreciative audience! To view more photos, visit the MCA’s website ( and click on “Photo Album”.

Art in Motion Dance (AIM) is owned and directed by Allie O’Hare. Allie is an experienced, professional dance instructor and performer who has more than 30 years of dance experience. She has been teaching in the McLean Community Center (MCC) for 15 years and has been running her own company at the MCC as well as several other locations throughout the DMV for the past 3 years.

AIM is a premier dance program dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing space for children to explore..
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Published On 3/24/2023
After a two year sabbatical due to the Pandemic, the McLean Citizens Association (MCA) sponsored the 4th Annual I Love McLean Celebration on March 11, 2023, along with co-hosts, McLean Community Center (MCC), McLean Project for the Arts (MPA), McLean Community Foundation (MCF) and Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and McLean District Police Station. The theme of the celebration was to officially honor the people that protect us - our local firefighters and police officers. Over 200 people were in attendance!

Opening remarks were made by Supervisor Foust who acknowledged the exemplary work MCA performs. John applauded MCA’s efforts to bridge the gap between the residents and the County on important local issues. He noted that MCA’s input via resolutions and letters are well thought out, factual and has helped him understand the community’s concerns prior to discussions and votes by the Board of Supervisors.
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Published On 3/24/2023
Kids’ Lit Quiz is an annual literature quiz for students ages 10 to 13. Kids’ Lit Quiz was created to acknowledge and motivate readers at a time when pleasure reading traditionally declines for youths. Students compete in teams to answer questions about book characters, authors, genres, first sentences, and book terminology.

In February, the Cooper Middle School Kids’ Lit Quiz Team competed in Hartford, Connecticut, and was one of five teams to progress to the national final. After five rounds of the fast-paced buzzer-style competition, the Cooper MS team successfully earned first place and was named national champion. In July, the Cooper team will travel to New Zealand and represent the United States in a world final competing against students representing Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Indonesia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Singapore, South Africa, and Thailand.

Team Members: Evelyn Volova, Carmen Appel, Lachlan Thomas, Lachlan Thomas, Kylie Rudinsky, Sponsor – Marci Love Thomas.
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Published On 3/2/2023
On March 1, 2023, the MCA Board of Directors adopted a letter opposing a request by FCGP-Metro Development for a reduction in residential parking at the West Falls Church WMATA Metro-station property. The request is currently under review by Fairfax County Land Development Services (LDS). The Board of Supervisors will likely consider the LDS recommendation on the request when it considers the overall project application at its May meeting.

MCA’s letter questions the validity and the relevance of information contained in a Parking Reduction Study submitted by the applicant to justify the request. MCA points out the defects in the study, particularly its failure to satisfy the condition stated in Section 6100.6B(2) of the Zoning Ordinance that the applicant must demonstrate that the proposed reduction will not negatively affect the site or the adjacent areas, including potentially causing overflow parking in nearby neighborhoods.
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Published On 2/28/2023
On Wednesday February 15th the McLean Citizens Association (MCA) hosted a well-received Public Safety Forum with MCA members and the general public in the McLean Community Center. The guest speakers were Captain Carolyn Kinney, Commander of the McLean District Police Station; Lieutenant Derek Gray, Assistant Commander; Master Police Officer Carolyn Beyer, Crime Prevention Officer, and PFC Avaiz Mian Community Outreach Officer. The McLean District Station Leadership per the attached Presentation discussed a Year To Date (YTD) Comparison of Crime Statistics; District Station Traffic Activities; Traffic Safety Initiatives and Crash Data; Information from the Auto Crimes Enforcement Unit; Kia/Hyundai TikTok Challenge; Information about Illegal Car Meet Ups; and the McLean District Station 2023 Polar Plunge in the Mosaic. This was a great opportunity for MCA Members and the general public to discuss issues and concerns they are affecting our greater McLean communities and neighborhoods.
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Published On 2/7/2023
On February 7, 2023, the President of the McLean Citizens Association, Scott Spitzer, sent a letter to Fairfax County officials identifying concerns with a proposal to revise the County’s Zoning Ordinance (ZO) regarding minimum parking requirements known as the “Parking Reimagined” Initiative (PRI). For more information and a link to the letter, please click the above title.
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Transportation News

Published On 1/8/2023
On January 4, 2023, the MCA Board of Directors (the MCA Board) adopted a resolution proposed by the MCA Transportation Committee. The resolution recommends that Fairfax County move forward with 19 active transportation projects in the West Falls Church Transit Station Area (the Area), i.e., projects to promote pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure. For more information and a link to the resolution, please click the above title.
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Published On 12/5/2022
On November 30, 2022, MCA held a public information meeting featuring the FCDOT Director, Tom Biesiadny, Mr. Biesiadny addressed a number of critical traffic and pedestrian issues in and affecting the greater McLean area. Click the headline of this article for more information and to access the FCDOT PowerPoint presentation and the video of the meeting.
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Published On 12/1/2022
On November 15, Dranesville Supervisor John Foust and the McLean Citizens Association co-sponsored an informational, public meeting concerning the West Falls Church Metro Station redevelopment. Fairfax County is currently considering two rezoning applications that will yield more than three million square feet of mixed-use projects. The meeting featured opening remarks by Supervisor Foust and MCA First Vice President Jennifer Jones and presentations by the two principal contractors, FCGP-Metro Development for the WMATA Station site and Converge West Falls for HITT Contracting and Rushmark. The County’s application review process was described by the Department of Planning and Development. There were questions from the in-person and on-line audience.

MCA co-sponsored the meeting to enable concerned citizens impacted by the project to hear directly from the developers, Supervisor Foust and County officials and to provide a forum for asking questions and providing comments.
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On July 29, 2022, the MCA sent a letter to FCDOT expressing support for planned improvements at the intersection of Balls Hill Road and Old Dominion Drive and offering additional suggestions for pedestrian and intersection improvements.
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MCA recently submitted comments to the Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) about proposed changes to the Dolley Madison Boulevard corridor between Anderson Road and Elm Street.

The MCA supported several projects proposed by FCDOT that are likely to improve traffic flow on this stretch of Dolley Madison Boulevard and adjoining intersections. However, the MCA opposed certain proposals out of concern that they would unduly burden residents of certain neighborhoods.

Click on the article for more information and for links to the MCA letter and the FCDOT slideshow describing the proposed projects.
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Planning & Zoning News

Published On 2/3/2023
On February 1, 2023, the Board of Directors of the McLean Citizens Association adopted a resolution supporting the plan for rezoning the area around the West Falls Church WMATA Metro Station. The plan would replace 800 underutilized parking spaces with residential, mixed-use development, including up to 810 multifamily units, 90 townhomes, a 110,000 square feet office building and 10,000 square feet of ground floor retail. It would also include 2.5 acres of parks and green space, a new Kiss-and-Ride, bike lanes and racks, a dog park, and a children’s playground, plus new streets, sidewalks and utilities.

To avoid the possibility that inadequate reserved parking for new residents of the townhomes and apartment building will impact surrounding neighborhoods, the MCA resolution recommends that the County not approve WMATA’s current parking space proposal unless it can demonstrate that overflow parking will not occur.

It also calls attention to ........
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Env, Parks & Recreation News

Published On 2/2/2023
On February 1, 2023 ,the MCA Board of Directors approved a Resolution on the Use of Synthetic Turf in Greater McLean that highlights the existence of significant concerns about the environmental and health effects related to synthetic turf while the county considers a proposal from the McLean Little League to fund the conversion of the baseball diamond field at Linway Terrace Park to synthetic turf. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has yet to release the results of its multiagency investigation to address the potential human health effects of exposure to crumb rubber in synthetic turf fields. Concerns related to synthetic turf fields include the use of crumb rubber infill, potential toxic stormwater runoff, heat generated by the fields in summer, the waste management implications of limited synthetic field life span, and the presence of toxic “forever chemicals” in field materials. The resolution recommends that:
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Published On 1/9/2023
At its January meeting, the MCA Board of Directors approved testimony prepared by MCA’s Environment, Parks, and Recreation Committee (EP&R) to be delivered to the Fairfax County Environmental Quality Advisory Council (EQAC) Public Hearing on January 11, 2023. The EQAC is appointed by the BOS to advise on environmental matters. Each January, EQAC holds a public comment meeting and invites the public to share views on the state of the environment and to identify environmental issues of concern applicable to Fairfax County. Five environmental issues are raised in the MCA testimony, including climate change and reducing greenhouse gases, tree conservation, stormwater management, preserving and maintaining park green spaces, and raising awareness about the benefits of native plants. MCA asks EQAC to: Click read more.
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Public Safety

Published On 5/7/2023
The Senior Safety Summit was Developed in collaboration with the McLean Citizens Association, the McLean Community Center, the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, and the Fairfax County Police Department
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Published On 12/29/2022
The Fairfax County Police Department and the Fairfax County Volunteer Fire Department have issued their 2021 Annual Reports. MCA encourages you to read these detailed reports. The Annual Reports not only report on the organizations’ accomplishments, but highlight policy changes, special unit activities, community programs, recruiting efforts, volunteer programs and other operational challenges and successes.

2021 FCPD Annual Report

Excerpt from Police Chief Davis's message:

The success of any police department is dependent on its ties to the community. Our residents have been a loud voice of support for community policing and take an active role in preserving safety in our neighborhoods. Station commanders meet regularly with leaders throughout their districts to address immediate concerns and develop proactive measures to prevent illegal and dangerous activities.

Click on read more for a link to the VFD Annual Report.
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Published On 10/12/2022
On October 6, 2022, the MCA Board of Directors unanimously passed a resolution asking the Board of Supervisors to pay $5,000 or larger retention bonuses during Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 to Fairfax County police officers using one-time money made available from the County’s Year-End Budget Carryover, and to direct the County Executive to include a significant raise for police officers in the FY 2024 Advertised Budget.

For over a year, a team of MCA volunteers has been researching our police department’s attrition, hiring and compensation.

On April 6, 2022, the MCA’s annual resolution on the County budget urged the County Board of Supervisors to change the salary scales for police officers to increase salaries for police officers up to second lieutenant by a total of 10% across the board, including the proposed “market scale adjustment” of 4.01% for inflation.
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Published On 10/11/2022
On September 30th, Scott Spitzer, MCA President and board members Kevin Kierce, Raj Mehra and Brian Shahkarami attended the centennial celebration of the McLean Volunteer Fire Department (MVFD).

The celebration was held at the Westwood Country Club in Vienna with a delightful banquet. The celebration brought together volunteers, community leaders, career staff riding out of Station 401, and Fire Chief John S. Butler of Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.

The emcees for the evening were Adrienne Hogan, MVFD Board Chair, and Doug Mohl, C Shift Leader. MVFD’s Chaplain, Smith T. Banks II, offered the invocation and remarks on the 100 years of service to the community.

Ralph Darner, Clyde Clark and Homer Johns, all MVFD’s longest serving, all life members were saluted.
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This presentation by emergency management professionals provided valuable information about the Citizens Core Council and the various volunteer organizations and programs, which are designed to make our citizens and communities better prepared to respond various emergencies.
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Published On 3/21/2022
MCA recently held a Public Safety Forum on Emergency Preparedness. It was organized by Patrick Smaldore, our Public Safety Liaison, and introduced by Rob Jackson, our former President.

In case you missed it, the meeting recording is available in the MCA's Video Library. Click on "Read More" to access a link to the Citizen Corp Council Presentation.
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Education & Youth News

Published On 11/18/2022
The Education and Youth Committee (E&Y) is exploring whether current FCPS student projection methodology is adequate for rapid growth areas like Tysons and the Mosaic Districts. Accurate student projections are important as they are used to create the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for creating, maintaining and funding present and future capital infrastructure requirements for the school system.

Jim Beggs, E&Y Committee Chair, presented an analysis of student projections made by Fairfax County Public School (FCPS) for the Langley, McLean, Marshal and Madison pyramids compared to projections calculated by the E&Y Committee The E&Y Committee's model significantly differs from FCPS projections for three elementary schools (Spring Hill, Westgate, and Westbriar), two middle schools (Kilmer and Longfellow) and two high schools (McLean, Marshall).

Click Read More to read the Opinion published in the Sun Gazette November 17-23, 2023.
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Published On 10/27/2022
On the evening of Wednesday October 19th, Dr. Reed (FCPS new Superintendent) met with McLean area children for Q & A. The event was videotaped and is available in the MCA Video Library.

In addition to Dr. Reid, guest speakers included
Dr. Mitchell, Executive Principal, Region 2;
Douglas Tyson, Assistant Superintendent, Region 1; and Elaine Tholen , FCPS Dranesville School Board Member.

Questions were asked from Elementary to High School Students. While this session was lightly attended, the discussion was rich and delved into interesting topic areas - including:
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Published On 9/27/2022
McLean Citizens Association invites you to “An Evening with Dr. Michelle Reid and Our Students” on October 19,2022 at 6:00 p.m. at the McLean Community Center – 1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean Virginia.

Fairfax County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Michelle Reid, will be answering questions from STUDENTS. We encourage all students from kindergarten through 12th grade to bring their questions or simply come to meet and listen to our new FCPS Superintendent.

The Superintendent oversees almost 200 schools and centers in a county serving approximately 180,000 students. This event will be focused on questions from students attending elementary, middle, and high school from within the McLean, Langley, and Marshall Pyramids.


Dr. Reid Introduction
Dr. Reid Opening Remarks
Open forum for questions from students.

If you have any questions, please email, Jim Beggs, MCA Education and Youth Committee Chair,
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Tysons News

Published On 7/21/2022
On July 14, 2022, MCA’s Tysons/GTCC committee and its Public Safety Liaison hosted an update and discussion on public safety issues in Tysons with representatives from Fairfax County’s Police and Fire & Rescue Departments. The guest panel included F&R Assistant Chief Joseph Knerr; and McLean Station PD Asst Commander Lt. Scott Colwell and FCPD Crime Analyst Patrick Lucas. Topics discussed by Assistant Chief Knerr included the July 16 addition of an engine company at new Station 44 in East Tysons, and recent improvements in F&R’s command structure. Mr. Lucas presented detailed data on various categories of crimes in Tysons, showing the drop in crime during the pandemic and its gradual return to pre-pandemic levels. He emphasized the serious problem of organized thefts (often at night) of and from unlocked vehicles, and he urged residents to be sure to lock their cars at home and in public parking structures.

Click on "Read More" for links to meeting video recording and presentations.
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Member Spotlight

Published On 4/7/2023
I moved from a condo in Arlington to McLean in 1983 to accommodate my growing family.

I graduated from Villanova University School of Law. Presently, I am a construction lawyer for Construction Risk Counsel, PLLC located in Tysons Corner, Virginia. I provide risk management consulting services to owners, design professionals, contractors, insurance carriers and attorneys on construction projects.

I have been a member of MCA for five years. I am a member of the Planning and Zoning Committee (P&Z). I felt with my construction background, I could offer a different viewpoint to offset the anti-development sentiment expressed by some McLean residents. I felt that the McLean CBC Comprehensive Plan was amended in a manner that could adversely impact the quality and pace of development in downtown McLean. As a member of the committee, I have had the opportunity to serve as case manager on several large developments proposals.
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Published On 3/2/2023
I've lived in Mclean since June of 1998. My family moved to Mclean from New Jersey because my wife grew up in Mclean and we wanted to be closer to her family.

I have been in banking and finance for my entire career and currently serve as Chief Financial Officer for The Freedom Bank of Virginia, based in Fairfax, VA. I have a Bachelors in Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi, India and Masters in Mechanical Engineering and Masters in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

I have been a member of the MCA since June of 2019. I find value in being an MCA member because it allows me to be more fully engaged in matters that affect Mclean, engage with officials who impact our community and meet with other MCA members who are equally committed to this community.
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Published On 2/2/2023
I was born in Washington DC, and raised in Arlington Virginia. I met and fell in love with a woman from McLean in 2003 and moved to McLean in 2006 (16 years).

After working 38 years for Government Services in information technology, I retired as a GS-15. I am a retired US Navy Chief Petty Officer (CPO), Aerographer’s Mate (Meteorology and Oceanography) with over 30 years of service (active duty 4 years and 27 years in US Naval Reserve Service). I have a master’s degree in Software Engineering Administration from Central Michigan University

Prior to moving to McLean, I was an active member of the Arlington County Civic Federation (ACCF). It was my honor to serve as the ACCF President from 2004 to 2006. I joined the MCA to continue my over 30 years of civic engagement with a goal of making a difference in our McLean Community.

I have served as an MCA At-Large Board Member since 2011. Currently I serve as .....
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Published On 1/4/2023
McLean has been my home and tax base for over 62 years. In 1960, my family moved from Dunn Loring to McLean, living in an era of cows in what is now Lewinsville Park, barns and horses, apple orchards and fresh eggs all within walking distance. My father’s overseas assignment to the American Embassy in Paris, France meant I spent 5 years in bilingual schools before returning to find Tysons Corner built and to graduate from McLean High School in 1970.

My B.A. degree in French literature from Randolph-Macon College eventually landed me a job with the Department of Justice, the United States National Central Bureau, AKA INTERPOL – initially as a French translator and then as an analyst focusing on counter narcotics and counter terrorism. Yearning to work overseas, I transferred to the Department of State, serving as a foreign service officer in Taiwan, Greece, Japan (twice) and a couple of stints in Afghanistan, retiring in 2012 after almost 30 years of Federal Government work.
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Published On 12/8/2022
My family and I have lived in McLean since the spring of 2012, and we moved here after my husband retired from the U.S. Air Force. I’m an Army brat and as a child we lived in Fairfax and I’ve always loved the strong sense of community in McLean.

During the George W. Bush Administration, I was a spokesperson for longtime McLean resident Gen. Colin L. Powell when he was the Secretary of State and have worked in the national security arena for over twenty years. I am the co-owner of the only female-owned bi-partisan government affairs company focused on national security, Velocity Government Relations. My undergraduate degree is from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York and I also earned a master’s degree from Hawai’i Pacific University In Honolulu, Hawai’i.
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Published On 11/3/2022
I moved with my husband, Steve Bradbury, and three kids to McLean from Potomac, Maryland in 2008 so that our eldest, who was then beginning 8th grade, could apply to TJ. It turned out to be a fabulous move for our family. Not only did all three kids attend TJ, but my husband had a shorter commute to DC, we could walk to our swim & tennis club, and we all really liked the community.

I just joined the MCA in June. I was immediately impressed with the seriousness of purpose that I observed throughout the organization. My friend, a long-time member who chairs a committee, had been suggesting I join for years. I think I finally listened to her because now that I serve as VP of my Tysons condo’s Board, I wanted to know more about — and be involved with — the plans for this dynamic part of McLean.

I joined the Tysons Committee and more recently, the Planning & Zoning Committee. I’m already Co-Case Manager on rezoning application down the street from our condo in Tysons.
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