Chairman Bulova's Biography
Sharon Bulova was reelected Chairman of the Board of Supervisors on November 8, 2011. She was first elected Chairman in a special election on February 3, 2009. Prior to serving as Chairman, she was Supervisor of the Braddock District from 1988 until 2009. She has served as Chairman of the Board's Budget Committee for 20 of her 24 years in office. A Northern Virginia resident since 1966, Mrs. Bulova resides in The Cloisters of Fairfax with her husband Lou DeFalaise. Together, they have four adult children and five grandchildren.
Two Washington Post Editorials (“Fiscal Responsibility in Fairfax County” and “A Tale of Two Counties”) praised Fairfax County for its handling of the budget during these difficult economic times. Chairman Bulova makes sure that the community has a place at the table during the budget process in order to strike the right balance for keeping taxes affordable while protecting the quality of life and services we value and rely upon.
Mrs. Bulova’s priorities as Chairman include guiding the transformation of Tysons into a successful mixed-use, transit-oriented community laced with parks, recreational and cultural amenities. She is committed to the extension of the new Metrorail Silver Line through Tysons to Dulles Airport, with stations serving the Tysons, Herndon and Reston areas of the County.
In the South County-Richmond Highway area, Mrs. Bulova is working to address transportation challenges associated with BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure) and to realize revitalization opportunities the military re-locations afford the area near Fort Belvoir and the new National Geospatial Intelligence Agency headquarters.
Mrs. Bulova is committed to providing express bus service on the new Beltway HOT lanes, as well as expanding the availability and efficiency of service on the County’s CONNECTOR and Metro bus routes countywide. She has initiated efforts to put transit into the congested I-66 corridor.
Working with elected officials in our neighboring jurisdictions, Mrs. Bulova seeks to establish energy efficiency and sustainability within the corridor between Dulles and Reagan National Airports. She has convened a Private Sector Energy Task Force with a mission to define the steps our community can take to position itself as a leader in the area of energy efficiency, sustainability and "green" technology.
As a member and past chairman of the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, Mrs. Bulova champions regionalism to address our metropolitan area concerns.
During 2009, Mrs. Bulova served as chairman of the Council of Government’s “Greater Washington 2050 Coalition.” This effort culminated in the adoption of a Regional Compact signed by all 21 of COG’s area jurisdictions. This new regional initiative (“Region Forward”) sets in motion a cooperative mechanism to improve the quality of life for area residents by fostering stronger regional cooperation and planning.
On October 29, 2010, Mrs. Bulova received an award from the National Capital Area Chapter of the American Planning Association for her leadership in chairing the Greater Washington 2050 Coalition.
Mrs. Bulova is a member, and past chairman, of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission. She is a founder of the VRE commuter rail system, and currently serves as Chairman of the VRE Operations Board. Under her leadership, commuter train service for Northern Virginia has advanced from a speculative proposal to a successful reality.
In the summer of 2004, Mrs. Bulova was appointed by former Gov. Mark Warner to chair the Governor's Commission on Rail Enhancement for the 21st Century in the Commonwealth of Virginia, which has resulted in effective partnerships for investments in rail to fund projects (both freight and passenger) that have a significant public benefit. In November 2011 she was honored to receive the Tower of Dulles award from the Committee for Dulles for her work to bring Metrorail to Dulles Airport.
On May 18, 2012, Mrs. Bulova received the Virginia Transit Association's award for 2012 Local Public Official of the Year.
Mrs. Bulova serves on the Fairfax Symphony Honorary Board.
Mrs. Bulova regularly engages constituents in Community Dialogues and Task Forces and publishes a monthly Bulova Byline electronic newsletter.
Mrs. Bulova has initiated a number of community projects including:
A Private Sector Energy Task Force consisting of corporate, institutional and community leaders charged with defining a strategy for our community to position itself as a leader in the area of energy efficiency, sustainability and “green” technology.
A Chairman’s Business Roundtable Discussion Group charged with identifying strategies for accelerating economic recovery in Fairfax County, and new economic development opportunities. Focus of the group includes the Energy Efficiency and Conservation program and development of affordable housing strategies to ensure sufficient workforce housing in Tysons and other re-developing areas of the County.
Working through a Task Force, The Fairfax County Asian American History Project has resulted in a book, which debuted in May 2010, and a website which captures the history of Asian-Americans who have made Fairfax County their home.
Mrs. Bulova founded Faith Communities in Action, a countywide network which enables faith communities and charitable non-profit organizations to work in partnership with local government to better respond to the needs of the community.
Mrs. Bulova is on the Governing Board of Fairfax County’s Initiative to Prevent and End Homelessness.
In 2005, Mrs. Bulova organized a Braddock community task force which began a process to research, capture and tell the history of the Braddock area. Products of this effort include the book Braddock’s True Gold and the A Look Back at Braddock Heritage website, created in partnership with George Mason University.
As Braddock District Supervisor she founded Braddock Nights, a program of free summer night concerts in parks in the Braddock District. This program has since been replicated throughout the County.