Chair, Arlington County Board
Mary Hughes Hynes was elected to the Arlington County Board in 2007. She began her second term as Chair January 1, 2015 having last served as Chair of the Board in 2012. As a civic activist and public servant for more than 30 years, she has consistently and effectively led Arlington’s efforts to strengthen its government by:
• enhancing civic participation, most notably through the 2012 PLACE (Participation, Leadership and Civic Engagement) Initiative
• improving government management through her focus on metrics, public transparency and accountability and
• increasing investment in Arlington’s public physical infrastructure. Her advocacy led Arlington to establish a Capital Improvement Program (CIP) citizen working group, a facilities and parks condition assessment as well as prioritization criteria to guide future investment strategies.
Ms. Hynes was instrumental in strengthening resident and business involvement in Arlington’s emergency preparedness activities through the creation of the Emergency Preparedness Advisory Commission. Since preparedness is a vital aspect in the response to the economic challenges of Arlington’s citizens, Ms. Hynes has also made the creation and maintenance of Arlington’s social support systems a high priority.
Ms. Hynes has worked to make government more responsive and effective at the regional level. As a member of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) Board, she chaired the Governance Committee and led the Metro Board’s successful effort to improve its practices and performance. As a member of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission’s Executive and Legislative Committees, Ms. Hynes helped revitalize the organization and improve its relations with the Commonwealth of Virginia. As Arlington’s representative to the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, Ms. Hynes is the Vice-Chair of the Finance Committee and an active member of the Project Implementation Working Group. Ms. Hynes also serves on the Executive Boards of the Virginia Municipal League (VML). In, 2014, she was appointed by Governor McAuliffe to serve on the Virginia Board of Workforce Development. Ms. Hynes received the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) 2013 Elizabeth and David Scull Award for Regional Leadership for her work as Chair of COG’s Region Forward Coalition, the public-private consortium created to pursue COG’s vision for the region’s future.
Prior to joining the Arlington County Board, Ms. Hynes served on the Arlington School Board for 12 years, including three times as chair. She and her husband Patrick have resided in Arlington for more than 35 years and are the parents of five Arlington Public School graduates. Ms. Hynes graduated from the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota, which honored her in 2007 as a distinguished alumna.