Kathleen Paley serves as the Special Counsel for Covington & Burling LLP where she focuses on legal issues facing the firm’s pharmaceutical clients at the federal and state courts level. Previously, she served for one year as the Grant Officer at the International Republican Institute where she assisted with various projects related to democracy education.
A resident of Fairfax City since 2009, Jeff is the Section Chief for Site Analysis in the Fairfax County Department of Transportation and has worked in the planning field for over 15 years. His team of planners and engineers evaluate development applications and site plans on their transportation merits and challenges across Fairfax County.
Fred Cornett, Jr. is the Senior Vice President/CFO of HHH Properties Corp., a real estate firm located in Fairfax, VA. He has over twenty years of retail property knowledge related to the performance, profitability, leasing, and development of retail shopping centers. One of his responsibilities includes the asset management of Fair City Mall, the largest grocery-anchored retail strip center in the City of Fairfax.
A Fairfax City resident since 2005. Soledad has over 10 years of experience in real estate development and management including new deal sourcing and acquisitions. She currently serves on the Board of the Northern Virginia Builders Industry Association and on the Board of HomeAid Northern Virginia.
Tom Ross is the Principal of Ross Co., LLC. A consultancy that provides marketing, operations, design solutions, and support for retail marketers. He previously worked with Mobil Oil Corporation and ExxonMobil Fuels Marketing Company for over 30 years. Tom held both domestic and global management positions in fuels marketing and convenience retailing. As the Global Marketing Projects Manager, Tom focused on the development and implementation of new retail concepts.
Paula Sorrell is the Associate Vice President of Innovation & Economic Development at George Mason University. She oversees the Office of Technology Transfer, the Virginia Small Business Development Center state headquarters, the Procurement Technical Assistance Center, the entrepreneurial programming at Mason, and business incubators in Fairfax, Warrenton, & Loudoun County. She currently serves on the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Insitute, the Virginia Innovation Partnership Authority, and GMU Institue for Biohealth Innovation.
Beth Young, PhD, is the co-founder and president of Quality Information Partners, a Fairfax City business since 2004. Dr. Young has over 25 years’ experience leading large-scale data collections/statistical analysis, delivering technical assistance, and project management. She has served on the Fairfax City Commission for Women and as a volunteer for FYPC, FWSA, and in Fairfax City schools. She is a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners and has been a resident of Fairfax City since 1996.
Fairfax City EDO Staff
Director of Economic Development, Fairfax City
Director Bruno serves as the City liaison to the Economic Development Authority and is responsible for coordinating the economic development priorities of the City’s leadership with the Authority’s strategic plan.
Assistant Director of Economic Development/Programs Manager, Fairfax City
As the Assistant Director of Economic Development/Programs Manager for Fairfax City’s Office of Economic Development, Danette assists businesses as they navigate various city processes and partners with them on direct-to-business city programs.
Operations & Program Manager, Fairfax City
Matt oversees the administrative operations for the Fairfax City EDO. He works on financials, scheduling, resource allocation and assists with projects as needed.
Assistant Program Manager, Fairfax City
Trinh helps manage Fairfax City’s ReConnected+ and ReConnected Grant Series 1 & 2. She is responsible for the reimbursement process and business outreach.
Policy Intern, Fairfax City
Juliet will be working with us this summer to help strengthen EDA corporate management. She is responsible for researching, drafting, and adopting policies for our EDA. Juliet is based in New York City, attending New York Law School.
Accounting Specialist, Fairfax City Economic Development Authority
Vy leads the Fairfax City Economic Development Team on bookkeeping, financial and tax reports, and budgeting. She is a recent graduate with an accounting degree from George Mason University.
Community Engagement Specialist, Fairfax City
Serrita oversees coordination, implementation and evaluation of the Economic Development Authority’s social media channels and website. She is responsible for creating original content, branding and web redesign as well as developing a bi-weekly bulletin for City Businesses.