Tysons, VA – Tysons Partnership has selected Rich Bradley, principal at Urban Partnership, to serve as the organization’s acting Executive Director effective January 1, 2022. Bradley succeeds Sol Glasner, the Partnership’s current President & CEO, who announced in August his plans to retire and step away from the leadership post by the end of the year.
“Rich has been working with the Partnership as an advisor over the past year as we have continued in our pursuit working with the County to transition the organization,” stated Tysons Partnership Board Chair, Josh White. “Rich is a seasoned professional with decades of experience as an advocate and champion for livable urban management districts in this region and throughout the world. He has spearheaded numerous strategic planning efforts and headed up transportation management programs, so really is a perfect fit for the Partnership’s current needs.”
“The County is working closely with Tysons Partnership to determine best practices and the best approach for a transition.” said Providence Supervisor Dalia Palchik. “Rich is helping to frame the picture and providing guidance through his connections to the International Downtown Association. Both the County and the Partnership benefit from his experience as we work together to define what a future anchor organization for Tysons might look like”
Additionally, the Partnership announced the promotion of Drew Sunderland to Deputy Director. In his new role, Sunderland will be responsible for the daily operations of the Partnership. Sunderland has been with organization since 2014 leading key initiatives in branding, marketing, and business development, including the recent launch of a new brand and website for Tysons. He also led efforts to develop the Partnership’s Tysons Economic Study and Market Report released earlier this year.
The Partnership also announced the approval by its board of a resolution endorsing the County’s One Fairfax policy as a guide to the Partnership’s work program aimed at fostering Tysons as an inclusive urban community. Tysons Partnership embraces principles of equity and inclusion as a cornerstone of an economically and socially flourishing urban center.
About Rich Bradley
Rich Bradley is a principal in The Urban Partnership, a consulting firm offering a range of innovative urban planning, development and management solutions.
A few of the region’s most successful economic development growth areas have sought Bradley’s expertise including most recently, the National Landing Business Improvement District (BID), Friendship Heights Business Alliance and the incoming Silver Spring BID, in addition to his work with Congress Heights and DowntownDC BID. He is recognized as an urban management leader in developing or refining strategies for improving the effectiveness of urban management organizations and the vitality of their areas.
Bradley was the founding Executive Director of the DowntownDC BID, where he served for 17 years and oversaw an $11 million program of special services and catalytic planning and place making which helped spark the economic renewal of Washington DC’s downtown core.
About Tysons Partnership
Tysons Partnership is a dynamic collaborative of Tysons stakeholders working together to accelerate the transformation of Tysons into a vibrant urban destination. We are a convener, a voice and a catalyst for the people who live here, work here, and do business here. We represent the uniqueness of Tysons and we provide a context in which new ideas and community thrive. For more information, visit our website www.tysonspartnership.org, or follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.