Celebrating the TCA’s First Year of Operations

Everyone loves an anniversary — and the first one is always special. That’s why the staff and board of the Tysons Community Alliance (TCA) were thrilled to gather with area residents, workers, and other community members on June 12 at the Hyatt Regency Tysons Corner Center to celebrate our inaugural year of operations. (The TCA’s fiscal year starts on July 1.)

Chairman Jeff McKay speaking at the Tysons Community Alliance Annual Meeting and Open House on Wednesday, June 12th, 2024 in Tysons. (Sarah Heaton / Asico Photo)

Fairfax County Chair Jeff McKay welcomed the event’s attendees. “We can all see the transformation of Tysons,” he said, noting that the future of the area — which he called “the economic center of Fairfax County” — continues to be tied to the four Silver Line Metro stations within Tysons’ boundaries. McKay also emphasized the importance of building new residential buildings of all kinds, including affordable housing and senior-focused residences, to accommodate a growing population. As he wrapped up, McKay praised the TCA for its work: “They are turning Tysons from a place on a map into a true community.”

Drew Sunderland, TCA’s VP of Strategy & Research speaking at the Tysons Community Alliance Annual Meeting and Open House on Wednesday, June 12th, 2024 in Tysons. (Sarah Heaton / Asico Photo)

TCA’s VP of Strategy & Research, Drew Sunderland, introduced one of the TCA’s most exciting efforts to date: the Tysons DataHub, a comprehensive and user-friendly web-based platform that enables area residents, business owners, investors, and developers to explore a wide range of Tysons data points through dynamic metrics, graphs, and interactive visualizations. (Watch for an upcoming blog post about the DataHub, which has just recently gone live.)

TCA CEO Katie Cristol speaking at the Tysons Community Alliance Annual Meeting and Open House on Wednesday, June 12th, 2024 in Tysons. (Sarah Heaton / Asico Photo)

TCA’s CEO, Katie Cristol, wrapped up the presentations by highlighting the organization’s FY24 accomplishments within each of its four work program areas: Communications & Branding, Research & Business Services, Placemaking & Place Management, and Transportation & Mobility. “Above all, this past year has been one of making connections,” she said. Cristol also noted important things that the organization is planning to accomplish in the coming year, including a big “Explore Tysons: Walk, Bike, or Roll” campaign funded by a nearly $100,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation. All of the FY24 highlights, as well as goals for FY25, can be found in the TCA’s 2023-2024 Annual Report, which is available to read or download at the TCA website.

Just prior to the public event, the TCA Board convened to:

  • learn about the sound fiscal health of the organization;
  • review accomplishments from the TCA’s work program areas;
  • see and unanimously approve the FY25 budget and work plan;
  • vote on the FY25 slate of board officers; 
  • and member organizations approved the FY25 slate of TCA’s Board of Directors. 

The FY25 board officers were unanimously ratified: Josh White, LCOR, President; David Schneider, Holland & Knight, and Rebecca Moudry, Fairfax County Government, Vice Chairs; Dave Gelfond, TMG (The Meridian Group), Treasurer; and Lisa Samuels, Gates of McLean, Secretary. This will be the second year of directorship for White, Moudry, Gelfond, and Samuels.

The FY25 board of directors, who were up for renewal or appointment, were also unanimously approved: Shweta Adyanthaya, Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs; Andrew Clark, Tysons Chamber of Commerce; Martha Coello, Fairfax County Department of Transportation; Claudia Diamond, Tysons Resident (Hunter Mill District); Kathryn Falk, Cox Communications; Pastor Sandy Kessinger, Tysons Interfaith; Joe Mondoro, Tysons Resident (Providence District); Jim Policaro, Lerner Enterprises; Greg Riegle, McGuire Woods; Jeff Roman, Stream Realty Partners; Brandon Todd, WGL Energy; Lloyd Tucker, Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services; and Terry Williams, PenFed Credit Union. They will serve three-year terms.

As incredible and successful as the past year has been, we know the year to come will be even better. We hope you’ll continue to support and work with us as we all strive to help make Tysons a vibrant, thriving, and connected urban center.

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