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 22 of her 26 years in office. A Northern Virginia resident since 1966, Sharon resides in The Cloisters of Fairfax with her husband Lou DeFalaise. Together, they have four adult children and seven grandchildren.
As a member and past chairman of the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, Mrs. Bulova champions regionalism to address our metropolitan area concerns. She represents Fairfax County on the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, is a member and past chairman of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, chaired the Council of Government’s highly successful Region Forward Coalition, and is a founder of the VRE commuter rail system.
Some of Mrs. Bulova’s top priorities are: ensuring Fairfax County’s top-tier education system; transforming aging commercial and industrial areas of the county, including Tysons, into successful mixed-use, transit-oriented communities; extending the new Metrorail Silver Line to Dulles Airport; expanding the availability and efficiency of service on the County’s CONNECTOR and Metro bus routes countywide; and addressing Fairfax County’s affordable and workforce housing needs. She is a members of the County’s governing board to prevent and end homelessness.
Chairman Bulova believes an informed and engaged constituency is a well-served constituency and makes sure that the community has a place at the table when decisions are being made. This is especially critical during the budget process. Mrs. Bulova believes community engagement is essential to striking the right balance between keeping taxes affordable and protecting the quality of life and services we value and rely upon.
Chairman Bulova publishes her monthly electronic newsletter, the Bulova Byline.
During 2009, Mrs. Bulova served as Chairman of the Council of Government’s “Greater Washington 2050 Coalition.” This effort culminated in the adoption of the Region Forward Regional Compact signed by all 21 of COG’s area jurisdictions. She is the 2009 recipient of the Council of Government’s Elizabeth & David Scull Metropolitan Public Service Award.
Mrs. Bulova is a founder of the VRE commuter rail system, and has served on the VRE Operations Board since its inception. Under her leadership, commuter train service for Northern Virginia has advanced from a speculative proposal to a successful reality.
On May 18, 2012, she received the Virginia Transit Association's 2012 Local Public Official of the Year award.
Mrs. Bulova received the 2013 Phyllis Campbell Newsome Public Policy Leadership Award from the Center for Non-Profit Advancement for her strong commitment to partnering with the nonprofit sector to ensure more vibrant communities.
In 2014, Mrs. Bulova was presented the ATFA Lifetime Achievement Award for Extraordinary Leadership in Public Service.
The Washingtonian Magazine has named Mrs. Bulova One of the Most Powerful Women in the Metropolitan Washington Area.
Chairman Bulova regularly engages her constituents in community dialogues and creative activities.
She has a great interest in the history of Fairfax County. In 2005 she launched an initiative to capture and tell the history of the Braddock District area. This effort, called A Look Back at Braddock, resulted in the publication of the book Braddock’s True Gold and the Braddock Heritage Website.
Chairman Bulova organized a Task Force that traced and captured the stories of Asian Americans who have made Fairfax County their home. This project, called The Fairfax County Asian American History Project resulted in a book and website, which debuted in May 2010.
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.
As Braddock District Supervisor she founded Braddock Nights, a program of free summer night concerts in parks in the Braddock District. She now hosts her new summer concert series, Evenings on the Ellipse at the Fairfax County Government Center.
As Chairman, Mrs. Bulova has treated her constituents to an annual series called Evolution of Fairfax, which examines the origins and expansion of Fairfax County from a dairy farming community to the largest jurisdiction in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area.