Member, Arlington County Board
Libby Garvey was elected to the Arlington County Board in March, 2012, after serving on the Arlington County School Board for 15 years, including five times as chair. She just finished up her first term as chair for 2016 with the County Board.
Ms. Garvey began her professional career as a teacher in the Peace Corps in the Central African Republic. She worked as a legislative aide to Congressman Lee Hamilton and as an associate director of the Mount Holyoke College Washington Internship Program. She is a member of the Council of Governments Emergency Preparedness Council. Virginia Governor Mark Warner appointed Ms. Garvey to serve on the P-16 Education Council, a position she continued under Governor Tim Kaine.
Throughout her career, Ms. Garvey has been involved in many community organizations, including serving as vice president of the County Council of PTAs; vice president of the Fairlington Civic Association; and vice chair of the Advisory Council on Instruction. She was a member of the Abingdon and Drew elementary school PTAs and the H-B Woodlawn Program’s Parent Advisory Committee. She established the Kennan Garvey Memorial Fund for Phoenix Bikes in memory of her husband, and is serving on its board. Currently, she serves as an occasional volunteer speaker for the Washington Regional Transplant Community.
An Arlington resident since 1977, Ms. Garvey earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. She has two daughters (graduates of Arlington County Public Schools) and five grandchildren.