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About Jay

Jay’s Dad Jerry, Bob’s Mom Barbara, Jay, Bob, Jay’s Mom Margot

Biographical Data

Governmental Activities:

  • Arlington County Board, Chair in 2017, 2014, 2010, 2005 and 2001
  • Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments' (COG) Board of Directors, 1998-2010, Chair 2006
  • Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments' (COG) Climate, Energy & Environment Committee, Chair 2009-2012
  • Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee, Vice Chair, 2008-14
  • COG Metropolitan Development Policy Committee, Chair 1999-2001
  • Regional Emergency Preparedness Council, 2002-2009
  • Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, 1998-present, Chair 2012 & 2016
  • Virginia Municipal League, Executive Committee, 2002-2009, President 2007-2008
  • Virginia Housing Development Authority, Commissioner, 2002-2010
  • Urban Land Institute, Washington District Council, Executive Committee
  • Greater Washington Initiative, Board of Trustees
  • Northern Virginia Regional Commission, 1998-2004, 2011-15
  • National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board, 2015 to present
  • Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, 2016 to present

Political Activities:

  • Arlington Democratic Joint Campaign, Co-Chair, 2008, 2000 & 1995
  • Arlington Democratic Joint Campaign, Finance Chair, 1993
  • State Democratic Convention, Delegate, 2008, 2000, 1997, 1996, 1993, 1992
  • Democratic National Platform Committee, 2008
  • Democratic National Convention, Delegate, 2000
  • International Gay & Lesbian Leadership Conference, Chair, 2001
  • Virginia Partisans Gay & Lesbian Democratic Club, 1991-Present
  • Arlington Democratic Party's Roosevelt Society, 1992-Present

Community Service:

  • Arlington Retirement Housing Corporation (Culpepper Garden), Board of Directors, 1999-2004
  • Arlington Arts Center, Board of Directors, 1994-1998 (President, 1995-1997)
  • Ashton Heights Civic Association, 1989-Present
  • Arlington Committee of 100, 1993-Present
  • Arlington Sister City Organization, Board of Directors, 2002-2006
  • Equality Virginia, Board of Directors, 2002-2006
  • Leadership Washington, class of 1999
  • Unitarian-Universalist Church of Arlington, 1994-Present
  • Co-Chair, Youth and Violence Task Force, 1999-2000
  • Arlington County Fiscal Affairs Advisory Commission, 1993-1996
  • Arlington Gay and Lesbian Alliance, 1988-Present
  • Presidential Classroom for Young Americans, Instructor
  • WDCA-TV Community Advisory Board, 1992
  • Big Brother Volunteer
  • Jay belongs to or supports numerous causes including the ACLU of Virginia, Common Cause, National Organization for Women, Rails to Trails Conservancy, NARAL, YMCA Partner with Youth Program, Human Rights Campaign, Arlington Food Assistance Center, AHC, Inc., Arlington United Way, Washington Area Bicyclist Association, The DC Aquatics Club, Amnesty International, National Wildlife Federation, Sierra Club, Interfaith Alliance, Planned Parenthood, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, International Rescue Committee, Reading Connection, and Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment.

Professional Experience:

  • Senior Consultant, Changing Planet: An Environmental Discovery Center, 2002-2003
  • Director, Whitman-Walker Clinic of Northern Virginia, 1990-1998
  • Staff Consultant, Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee, 1988-1989
  • Auditor/Investigator, U.S. General Accounting Office, 1983-1988

Public Official of the Year, Virginia Transit Association, 2009

Elizabeth and David Scull Public Service Award, for leadership and dedication to regionalism, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, 2007 

Housing Leader, for efforts to preserve and increase the supply of safe, quality, affordable housing in Virginia, Virginia Housing Coalition, 2006 

James B. Hunter Award for Visionary Leadership in Bicycle Transportation, Washington Area Bicyclist Association, 2005 

Public Service Award, Greater Washington Ibero-American Chamber of Commerce, 2002 

Award of Appreciation, Leadership Washington, 2002 

Arlington Equality Award, Arlington Gay and Lesbian Alliance, 2002 

Special Award In Recognition of Outstanding Service on September 11, 2001, Arlington County Civic Federation 

A.E. Humphreys Award, Most Outstanding Multiple Sport Athlete at Bucknell University, 1978 

1st Team All-American, High School Swimming, 1974

GOG E.D. David Robertson presents Jay with the 2007 Scull Award


Resident of Arlington County since 1983.  Jay and his partner, Bob Rosen, have been residents of the Ashton Heights neighborhood since 1987. They have one kid, Cassie, who is predominantly Border Collie.

M.A. Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh, 1983

B.A. Political Science, Bucknell University, 1978

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