Catherine M. Hudgins was elected to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in 1999. She represents one of the largest Magisterial Districts in the County with a growing diverse population and changing land use development. She serves as the Chair of the Board's Human Services and Housing Committees and member of Governing Board for the Initiative to Prevent and End Homelessness. Supervisor Hudgins finds her greatest satisfaction in assisting constituents obtain services critical to maintaining more sustainable lives.
The Virginia Transit Association presented Supervisor Hudgins with their Public Official of the Year Award (2010) for her role as a regional champion and advocate for transit. The Coalition for Mentally Disabled Citizens of Northern Virginia honored Supervisor Hudgins with the Distinguished Leadership Award for "outstanding dedication and pioneering initiatives to foster and build inclusive, quality communities for all". The Housing Association of Non-Profit Developers (HAND) recognized her outstanding commitment to affordable housing.
Supervisor Hudgins is a smart growth advocate and works to obtain mix use development that integrates the environment, transportation and housing with the goal of creating sustainable communities.
Supervisor Hudgins serves on several regional and state boards. She was appointed to the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo)'s Education Steering Committee in 2014. From 2011 to 2013, she served as Chairman of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Board (WMATA/Metro). In 2012, she was Chairman of the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo). She was the 2010 Chairman of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC) and Vice Chair of WMATA. She served as 2007 Chairman of the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) and continues as a current member. Supervisor Hudgins also served two terms on the State Board of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) and was a member of the Commonwealth Commission on Mental Health Law Reform.
Prior to joining Fairfax County Board, Supervisor Hudgins served as Secretary of the Fairfax County Electoral Board from 1993-94. She was chief of staff for Chairman Katherine (Kate) Hanley from 1995-1999. Her professional career before elected office included mathematics teacher and computer programmer, instructor, analyst and consultant for AT&T for twelve years. She was elected to two terms as Virginia National Committeewoman on the Democratic National Committee (1984-1992).
Supervisor Hudgins holds a Masters of Public Administration from George Mason University and a BS in mathematics education from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. She and her late husband Willie have been residents and active community members of Reston, Virginia since 1969, and raised two Fairfax County Public School graduates.