Fairfax, VA (February 24, 2021) — The Board of Directors of NVMS Conflict Resolution Center unanimously accepted the nomination of J. Walter Tejada, former chair and vice chair of the Arlington County Board of Supervisors, to serve on its Board on February 18, 2021.
“NVMS Conflict Resolution Center is focusing on developing partnerships and expanding its community engagement as part of our strategic goals. The addition of Walter, a highly respected community leader, diversity, equity and inclusion expert, and human rights advocate across Northern Virginia and throughout the state, aligns with those goals and we are fortunate to have him serve on our Board,” says Arleen Ramirez Borysiewicz, executive director of NVMS Conflict Resolution Center.
Walter Tejada served on the Arlington County Board from 2003 to 2015, serving as Chair in 2008 and 2013 and Vice Chairman in 2007, 2012 and 2015. He has distinguished himself as a leader committed to enhancing the diversity of Arlington and the region’s community voice. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Office of the Public Defender for Arlington & the City of Falls Church, the Arlington Non-Profit Assistance Center, and the Community Volunteer Network.
While an elected official, Tejada held leadership roles in the National Association of Counties (NACo) serving on the Transportation, Justice and Public Safety, and Healthy Counties committees. He was appointed chair of NACo’s Immigration Task Force in 2009 and 2012, and vice chair in 2015. Tejada also served in leadership positions in the Virginia Association of Counties and Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.
Walter Tejada was the first chair of the Virginia Latino Advisory Commission, a member of the Governor’s Urban Policy Task Force and the Immigrant Rights Coalition of Greater Washington. He is currently the president of the Virginia Latino Leaders Council. The Governor of Virginia appointed him to serve on the Board of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, where he serves as Co-chair of the Dulles Corridor and Sustainability Committees. He also serves on the MWAA’s Business Administration, Ethics Review, Human Resources, Risk Management, and Strategic Development Committees.
Walter Tejada is a recipient of the Spirit of the Community Award from the Arlington Community Foundation, Outstanding Young Arlingtonian of the Year from the Arlington Jaycees, the Phyllis Campbell Newsome Public Policy Leadership Award from the Center for Non-Profit Advancement (twice) and the Immigrant Advocate of the Year Award from the Capital Area Immigrant Rights Coalition.
About NVMS Conflict Resolution Center (NVMC CRC)
NVMS Conflict Resolution Center, a 501(c)(3) organization, is the leading mediation service serving Northern Virginia. It provides individuals, organizations, and communities with the broadest array of conflict management and resolution offerings. It offers specialized referral-based programs, customized services, and conflict/mediation skills training and certification. NVMS CRC has been transforming conflict into successful outcomes since 1990.