Supervisor Linda Smyth's Biography


Linda Q. Smyth was born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. She moved to Northern Virginia in 1972 and to Providence District in 1974. She is married to Nigel Smyth, and they have one son, Sefton, who graduated from Fairfax County Public Schools in 1997 and is a law school graduate of the University of Virginia. Linda was elected to serve her first four-year term to the Board of Supervisors in November 2003 and was inaugurated on December 15, 2003. Linda was re-elected to serve her second four-year term to the Board of Supervisors in November 2007 and was inaugurated on December 12, 2007.  On November 8, 2011, Linda was re-elected to serve her third four-year term to the Board of Supervisors and was inaugurated on December 13, 2011.  


At present, Supervisor Smyth serves on the following committees:

BOS Information Technology Committee (chair)

Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) Board of Directors

COG Green Building Ad Hoc Committee

COG Transportation Planning Board

COG Metropolitan Washington Air Quality

BOS Interjurisdictional Committees of Arlington, Fairfax City and Falls Church

Northern Virginia Regional Commission


Previous Occupations

Fairfax County Planning Commissioner, 1999 - 2003
Chair, Budget and Personnel Committee
Chair, Policy and Procedures Committee
Member, Transportation and Environmental Committees
Fairfax County Substitute Teacher, 1991- 2003

Civic Activities

President, Briarwood Citizens' Association, 1994 - 2001
Vice Chair, Providence District Council, 1998
Chair, Vienna Metro Area Citizens' Task force, 1998 - 1999
Merrifield Suburban Center Citizens' Task Force, 1998 - 1999
Vice Chair, Providence District Area Plan Review Task Force, 1997 - 1998

Volunteer Activities and Awards

Chair, Providence District VolunteerFest Committee, 1996 - 2003
Mark Emory's Advisory Council (School Board), 1997 - 1999
Advisory Board Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, 1997 - 1999
Curriculum Committee of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, 1993 - 1999
Coordinator for Volunteer Substitute Teachers, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, 1993 - 1997
Providence Citizen of the Year (Community Service Award), 2000
"Lady Fairfax" Community Service Award, 1999

Education

PhD - History, University of Virginia, 1978
MA - History, University of Virginia, 1971
BA - History, Washington University, St. Louis, 1970


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