Commissioner Janyce Hedetniemi-Planning Commission


Effective January 8, 2013, Janyce N. Hedetniemi was appointed by the Board of Supervisors on a motion by Chairman Sharon Bulova to serve as an At-Large member on the Planning Commission. Her current term will expire on December 31, 2016.

A resident of Annandale, Virginia, Hedetniemi is a consultant in community relations and constituency development. She is the founding director of the Office of Community Liaison at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She established the Office of Community Liaison in 1994 and retired from that position in 2002. Prior to this position she served three institutes of NIH in progressively responsible positions involving planning, evaluation, and development. She was instrumental in development of two major national biomedical research programs dealing with women's health and breast cancer.

Hedetniemi has been very active in community service. She has served most recently as an At-Large member on the Fairfax County Park Authority Board from January 2012 through January 2013. Hedetniemi represented the Braddock District on the Fairfax County Transportation Advisory Commission for nine years and was chair from 2008 to 2010. She was also a member of the Tysons Land Use Task Force Steering Committee which helped formulate Comprehensive Plan language for Tysons. She was the At-Large representative to the Fairfax County Community Revitalization and Redevelopment Advisory Group. In 2012, she helped form and served as the first chair of the Braddock District Land Use and Environmental Management Committee.

In Fiscal Year 2016, Hedetniemi chaired the Transportation Committee; she was also a member of the Tysons Committee, Policy and Procedures Committee, and Environment Committee; and an alternate member of the Parks and Land Use Process Review Committees. Commissioner Hedetniemi was appointed to the Economic Advisory Committee by the Board of Supervisors in 2016. She became a Certified Planning Commissioner in June 2013.

Hedetniemi holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Carnegie Mellon University where she majored in psychology and English literature and a Master of Science degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana where she majored in counseling and guidance. She is also a graduate of the Leadership Montgomery and Leadership Maryland programs. She was featured in the May 2013 issue of the Planning Communicator available at:

To contact Commissioner Hedetniemi, please utilize the contact form at this link.

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