Supervisor Pat Herrity's Biography
Herrity was raised in the Springfield District. He attended St.
Bernadette’s grade school in Springfield, graduated from West Springfield
High School in 1978, and aearned a Bachelor’s degree in accounting
in 1982 from Virginia Tech. Having grown up in the eastern part of
the district and now raising his family in the western portion, Pat has a
unique understanding of the Springfield District.
He is the son of former Fairfax Board of County Supervisors Chairman Jack Herrity. Pat grew up attending community meetings and county budget hearings; he was raised with regular discussion of issues concerning Fairfax County at home. He did not have to look far for a mentor on how to lead and give back to the community. Until Jack’s death in 2006, Pat and his dad would discuss county issues several times a day, giving Pat a unique and deep understanding of our district and the issues we face.
Pat is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Preferred Systems Solutions and has worked for a number of fast growing small to mid sized government contractors. He is also active as a youth sports coach and has coached soccer, basketball rugby and hockey. He helped found an inline hockey program serving Fairfax County’s youth. Additionally, he has served in leadership positions of several civic associations.
Pat has always been active with transportation issues and is a strong believer in transportation enhancements that support our growing community. He was a leader in the push for the Techway, was a strong early advocate for telework/telecommuting programs, and has been an outspoken supporter of the beltway HOT lanes and their carpooling and mass-transit benefits. Pat was a co-drafter of the first Northern Virginia Transportation Compact, which was signed by most of the business organizations in Northern Virginia in 2000.
Pat has served Fairfax County on the Information Technology Policy Advisory Committee and the steering committee for the first annual Washington Area Conference on Telework. He currently serves on the following Boards and Commissions:
- Northern Virginia Regional Commission
City of Fairfax
- Fort Belvoir/BRAC Board of Advisors
Prince William Co.
- Audit Committee
- 50+ Committee (Chairman)
- Economic Advisory Committee (Vice-Chairman)
- Board of Directors (Alternate)
- Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee (Principal)
- Metropolitan Development Policy Committee (Principal)
- Transportation Planning Board (Alternate)
Pat regularly travels to Richmond to work with legislators on tax and transportation issues. He has extensive leadership experience with Northern Virginia communities, businesses, and politics. He has served on many committees, councils and boards including:
The Northern Virginia Technology Council
REGION, an association of Northern Virginia business
The Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce (as treasurer, as a member of
the Executive Committee/Board of Directors, as a Founder and the
first Chairman of Transportation Choice-- an effort to promote use of
HOT lanes and mass transit, and as a Founder and the first
Chairman of the Northern Virginia Government Contractors
The Professional Services Council
Pat is also a current member of the American Institute of Certified
Pat has also been recognized for his leadership experience. He is known for being an innovator and a leader in the business groups with which he has been involved. As a result, Pat has received some of the highest awards of recognition that the groups offer, including:
Northern Virginia Technology Council’s CFO of the Year Community
Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce’s Chairman’s Award
Northern Virginia Technology Council’s President’s Award
- SmartCEO magazine’s Chief Financial Officer of the Year Award