Commissioner Ellen J. Hurley - Planning Commission


Commissioner Ellen Hurley

On December 6, 2011, the Board of Supervisors, on a motion by Braddock District Supervisor John Cook, appointed Ellen J. "Nell" Hurley to serve as the Planning Commissioner for the Braddock District. In December 2015 she was reappointed for an additional four year term that will expire December 2019.

Hurley earned a Master of Science degree from the University of Virginia in Urban and Environmental Planning with a concentration in Public School Policy Planning and a Master of Science degree from the U.S. Navy Postgraduate School in Decision Systems Technology. She has been an Associate Professor at Old Dominion, Hampton, and Norfolk State Universities where she taught Leadership and Management.

Hurley is a retired U.S. Navy Captain with 25 years in leadership, education, technical, acquisition, and staff positions. Among her many duties were Senior White House Systems Analyst; Director of Plans, Programs and Budgeting for the Defense Nuclear Agency; Executive Officer, Naval Support Facility Diego Garcia; Executive Officer, Navy ROTC Unit Hampton Roads, and Commanding Officer, Navy Recruiting District Philadelphia. She served at Navy Communications Stations in Hawaii, Northern Ireland, Florida, and the Republic of the Philippines.

Hurley has been actively involved in her community, including participation in the Braddock District Community Dialog on Transportation and Land Use and serving as Field and Uniform Director for Braddock Road Youth Club Soccer and as Girl Scout Service Unit Cookie Manager for 36 troops. She received a 2010 Fairfax County Champion of Character award "as a parent who always exemplifies superb sportsmanship and character in youth sports." Her community activities have included Corresponding Secretary for the Fairfax Genealogy Society and volunteer service with Neighborhood Watch, Fairfax County Public Libraries, and the Medical Reserve Corps.

Hurley has also participated in a wide variety of education-related groups including serving as President, W. T. Woodson High School Parent Teacher Student Organization; Education Chair and Corresponding Secretary, Fairfax County Council of Parent Teacher Associations (FCCPTA); officer of the Northern Virginia District of the Virginia PTA; and member of the Annandale Regional Planning Study, the Fairfax County Public Schools Business and Community Advisory Committee, the Gifted and Talented Advisory Committee, the Mathematics Textbook Advisory Committee, and the Fairfax County Association for the Gifted. Commissioner Hurley's outstanding volunteer service was recognized as the 2016 Braddock District Lady Fairfax honoree.

She and her husband, retired Navy Supply Corps Rear Admiral Gwilym "Bill" Jenkins, have raised four daughters, all graduates of Fairfax County Public Schools.

Hurley became a Certified Planning Commissioner in June 2012. In 2016, Hurley was a member of the Environment, Capital Improvement Program, Housing, Parks, Schools, and Land Use Process Review Committees. She was also an alternate member of the Telecommunications and Transportation Committees. Commissioner Hurley was featured in the August 2012 issue of the Planning Communicator available at:  


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

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