The Honorable J. Walter Tejada served on Virginia’s Arlington County Board from 2003 to 2015. He was first elected to the Board in a special election on March 11, 2003. Reelected in 2007 and 2011, he served as Chairman of the Board in 2008 and 2013 and Vice-Chairman in 2007, 2012 and 2015.
A community advocate, Mr. Tejada has distinguished himself as a leader committed to enhancing the diversity of Arlington and the region’s community voice. During his tenure on the Board, he reached out to local communities and encouraged residents to be active participants throughout the County and the Washington Metropolitan region. He has been instrumental in convening community stakeholders to address a wide range of issues such as affordable housing, civic engagement and volunteerism, community and economic development, education and employment, parks and recreation, tenant outreach and empowerment efforts, youth development programming, health and fitness, and nonprofit assistance.
Relentless in his commitment to promote and support civic participation and representation, Mr. Tejada was instrumental in the establishment of various initiatives and programs. These included leading the way to the establishment of the Office of the Public Defender, the Arlington Non-Profit Assistance Center, and the Community Volunteer Network (formerly known as the Community Role Models) providing leadership development and service opportunities for young adults. Mr. Tejada has joined many efforts shaping policies on multiple levels, and his work has earned the respect of local, state, regional and national leadership.