Penny Gross was first elected to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for the Mason District in November 1995, and was re-elected to her sixth term on November 3, 2015. Ms. Gross also is vice-chair of the Board, and she chairs the Board’s Personnel Policy and Reorganization Committee, and the Board’s Environment Committee.
Regionally, Supervisor Gross represents Fairfax County on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), which she chaired in 2009. She was elected chairman of the Northern Virginia Regional Commission in June 2014. Supervisor Gross represents Fairfax County on the INOVA Health System Board of Trustees, and on the Potomac Watershed Roundtable, which she also chairs.
On the state and national level, Supervisor Gross was elected to a one-year term as President of the Virginia Association of Counties in November 2014. She currently is vice-chair of the National Association of Counties’ Energy, Environment, and Land Use Committee. She completed a one-year term as President of the National Association of Regional Councils Board of Directors in June 2014. Supervisor Gross was appointed by Governor Mark Warner to the Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) to the Chesapeake Executive Council, which she chaired from March 2006 until August 2008, and continues to serve.
Prior to her tenure as Supervisor, Ms. Gross worked for 20 years as staff in various congressional offices. She served on the Board of the Lincolnia Park Civic Association (1985 to 1997), and on the Executive Board of the Mason District Council of Civic Associations (1988 to 1995). She has held numerous offices with PTA, and is an Honorary Life Member of the Virginia State PTA.
A founding member of the Friends of Mason District Park, Ms. Gross continues to be an active member and officer. She also is a founding member and officer of the National Capital Chapter of the University of Oregon Alumni Association. Supervisor Gross was co-manager of Girl Scout Service Unit 52-4 for nine years.