Commissioner John Ulfelder - Planning Commission


Commissioner John C. Ulfelder - Dranesville District

Effective January 23, 2014, John Ulfelder was appointed by the Board of Supervisors as the Dranesville representative to the Planning Commission on a motion by Supervisor John W. Foust.   

Mr. Ulfelder retired in 2010 as a Senior Vice President and partner from WEST*GROUP, a large real estate development and management firm based in Tysons Corner, after WEST*GROUP completed the sale of its entire portfolio of properties.  Prior to joining WEST*GROUP in 1989, he worked at the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. for thirteen years as an attorney in the Office of Enforcement, the Office of General Counsel and as a Special Assistant to the Administrator of EPA and Executive Assistant to the Deputy Administrator of EPA. He worked at the Smithsonian Institution from 1973-75 and the General Counsel’s Office of the United States Commission on Civil Rights from 1967 to 1972.

Mr. Ulfelder received a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1964 and an LL.B. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law in 1967. He has been a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia since 1968.  Mr. Ulfelder has been active with a number of local community groups and non-profit organizations. He served on the board of the Great Falls Citizens Association (GFCA) from 1991 to 2003, as well as serving as president of the GFCA from 1997 to 2000 and chairing the Land Use and Zoning Committee from 2001 to 2005. He served on the board

of the Audubon Naturalist Society of the Mid-Atlantic (ANS) from 2000 to 2006. He has served on the boards of the McLean Project for the Arts (MPA), the McLean Orchestra, the INOVA Health System Foundation, the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NVRPA) Foundation and Great Falls Heritage Inc. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of WETA, Washington D.C.’s local public television and radio station, and chair’s WETA’s Finance and Budget Committee. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Virginia chapter of The Nature Conservancy and serves as the chapter’s representative on the Conservancy’s Trustee Council as well as co-chair of the Conservancy’s Global Ambassador program.

Mr. Ulfelder served on the last four Dranesville District Area Plan Review (APR) Task Forces and served as chairman during the two most recent reviews (2004 and 2008). He served as chairman of the Hunter Mill Road Area Special Study in 2005 and 2006. He served on the Dranesville District Budget Review Task Forces for FY’s 2012, 2013 and 2014 (Chairman for FY 2014). Most recently he served on the Rt. 28 Station (“Innovation”) South Working Group.


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