Leadership Alexandria Welcomes Class of 2009


Leadership Alexandria is a program of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce with the mission of bringing together a network of diverse community leaders who are committed to the city and who want to gain a deeper understanding of the critical issues affecting the city of Alexandria. The program started with the inaugural class of 2004 and has 142 graduates.

Over a period of nine months, which began with a two-day retreat, full day classes are held the first Wednesday of each month, continuing through April and concluding with another two-day retreat in May. Throughout this time, we will hone our leadership skills and explore what makes Alexandria tick.

Each month we will take a different focus. At our October meeting, we looked at the economics of the region, and economic forecasts specific to the city of Alexandria. In November, we will address housing and transportation, and in December, the role of government in society. In January, the topic will be creating a healthy community. February focuses in on education, March is on ensuring a safe community and Aprils theme is discovering our community.

The participants in Leadership Alexandrias Class of 09 are: Misty Allen, Mirant, Mid-Atlantic; Janet Bezner, American Physical Therapy Association; Shannon Catlett, Burke & Herbert Bank & Trust Co.; Mary Giordano, Rebuilding Together Alexandria; Nicole Green, Circinus LLC; Joseph Haggerty, United Way of America; Christine Hall, Alexandria, Law Library; Marianne Hetzer; Donald Holley, Freddie Mac; Alicia Hughes, Patent & Trademark Office; Marco Johnson, Plan4It Consulting; Rodney Louis, State Farm Insurance; John McManus, Virginia Commerce Bank; Dawnielle Miller, Commonwealth Baptist Church; Jennifer Mitchell, Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority; Christina Richardson, Figaro Consulting; Cleveland Spruill, Alexandria Police Department; Ellen Walker; Wendy Webb, Alexandria Sheriffs Department; Elizabeth Wixon, Alexandria Department of Mental Health.

For information on Leadership Alexandria and the Leadership Alexandria Network, contact Adriana Lopez at 703-739-3812 or visit www.alexchamber.com/leaership.