Chairman Bulova's Biography
Sharon Bulova was reelected Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on November 3, 2015. She was first elected Chairman in a special election on February 3, 2009. Prior to serving as Chairman, she was the Braddock District Supervisor from 1988 - 2009. Sharon continues to serve as the Board’s Budget Committee Chair. Sharon believes an informed and engaged community is a well-served constituency. It is important that the community has a place at the table when decisions are being made. Community engagement is essential to striking the right balance between keeping taxes affordable and protecting the quality of life and services we value. A Northern Virginia resident since 1966, Sharon lives in Fairfax with her husband Lou DeFalaise. Together, they have four adult children and seven grandchildren.
- Completing Phase II of the Silver Line to Dulles Airport and expanding the availability of travel options including bus, sidewalks, trails and bike facilities
- Transforming older commercial/industrial areas into vibrant, mixed-use, transit-friendly communities, offering more lifestyle choices for residents of all ages and abilities
- Attracting jobs and fostering the growth of exciting new industry sectors (Bechtel in Reston, Cvent in Tysons, and translational medicine and cancer research at Inova Fairfax)
- Investing in Fairfax County’s top-tier education system
- Supporting county services such as parks, libraries and public safety to ensure Fairfax County continues to be the safest community of our size in the U.S. with an excellent quality of life for our residents
- Improving policing to ensure best practices for critical incident response, transparency in communications, and release of information
- Establishing a process to improve interaction between individuals suffering from mental illness and the criminal justice system
- Supporting our 50+ population and helping residents grow older comfortably in Fairfax County
- Addressing Fairfax County’s workforce housing needs
- Meeting the goals laid out in the County’s Ten Year Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness
- Continuing to navigate the worst economic downturn in this country since the Great Depression with Fairfax County’s triple AAA bond rating intact, while successfully protecting the quality of life we value and rely upon
Under Chairman Bulova’s leadership, Fairfax County has been a collaborative leader among neighboring jurisdictions in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Region. Fairfax County residents work and travel throughout the entire region. Promoting open communication and positive relationships among neighboring cities, towns and counties is important to the continued success of Northern Virginia.
- Chair of the Council of Government’s Greater Washington 2050 Coalition, resulting in the adoption of the Region Forward Regional Compact
- Member and past chairman of the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC)
- Co-founder of the Virginia Railway Express Commuter Rail System
- Fairfax County Representative on the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA)
- Collaborator with many elected officials in the region to bring Metro to Tysons and Reston
One of the highlights of Sharon’s work as Chairman was cutting the ribbon for Metro’s new Silver Line on July 26, 2014. Sharon played an integral role in extending Metro to Tysons and Reston alongside many dedicated leaders over a period of decades. Chairman Bulova and her colleagues successfully obtained the largest Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan ever issued by the federal government to help fund this transformative regional project. Phase I of the Silver Line is officially open, with Phase II currently underway.
Leadership & Service
Founder of Faith Communities in Action
- Network of faith communities and nonprofits working with Fairfax County Government to respond to the needs of our community
- Council of Government’s Elizabeth & David Scull Metropolitan Public Service Award, 2009
- Virginia Transit Association's Local Public Official of the Year Award, 2012
The Center for Non-Profit Advancement’s Phyllis Campbell Newsome
Public Policy Leadership Award, 2013
- Successfully partnering with the non-profit sector to build more vibrant communities
ATFA’s Lifetime Achievement Award, 2014
- Extraordinary Leadership in Public Service
- Workhouse Arts Foundation Founder's Award, 2015
Member of the VRE Operations Board since its inception in 1989
- Worked to advance the VRE from a speculative proposal to a successful reality
- Member of Fairfax County’s Governing Board to Prevent and End Homelessness
- Washingtonian Magazine has named Chairman Bulova one of the Most Powerful Women in the Metropolitan Washington Area
Community engagement is what local government is all about. Sharon enjoys hosting community budget dialogues, spearheading history initiatives, working with the Park Authority to offer summer concerts, and supporting local events. In 2005, Sharon launched an initiative to capture and tell the history of the Braddock District area. “A Look Back at Braddock” resulted in the publication of the book Braddock’s True Gold and braddockheritage.org. Sharon also organized a task force that compiled the experiences of Asian Americans who have made Fairfax County their home. This effort resulted in the book The Fairfax County Asian American History Project.
As Braddock District Supervisor, Sharon founded Braddock Nights, a program of free summer night concerts in Braddock District parks. She now hosts a new summer concert series, Evenings on the Ellipse, at the Fairfax County Government Center. Sharon was also instrumental in starting a seasonal Farmers Market at the Fairfax County Government Center with local vendors and food trucks.
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