2019 March – Poverty

Update: Kerrie Wilson’s PowerPoint presentation can be downloaded here.

Also, she provided the Committee of 100 with a list of resources on housing and equity issues. Download it here.

Speakers: Supervisor Cathy Hudgins and Cornerstones CEO Kerrie Wilson
March 28th, 2018, 7:00-9:00

Amphora Restaurant
377 Maple Avenue, West  Vienna, VA 22180

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Fairfax County is one of the wealthiest communities in America.  However, poverty is a real and growing issue facing many members of our community.  Fortunately, both the County and local nonprofit organizations are working hard to help lower-income residents and families meet the challenges they face.  What does poverty look like in the County today, and what are we doing to provide support and opportunity for those in need?

Join us on November 28 as Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins and Kerrie Wilson, CEO of Cornerstones, discuss driving poverty in Fairfax County, and how the County and organizations like Cornerstones are partnering to address the issue. They’ll also respond to your questions.

Dinner Cost:  Members – $39  Non-Members – $49
Payment can be made by credit card in advance — or at the event with check or cash.

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Fish, Chicken, Beef, or Vegetarian

About the speakers

Supervisor Catherine M. Hudgins was elected to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in 1999.  She represents one of the largest Magisterial Districts in the County with a growing diverse population and changing land use development.  She serves as the Chair of the Board’s Human Services and Housing Committees and member of Governing Board for the Initiative to Prevent and End Homelessness.  Supervisor Hudgins finds her greatest satisfaction in assisting constituents obtain services critical to maintaining more sustainable lives.

The Coalition for Mentally Disabled Citizens of Northern Virginia honored Supervisor Hudgins with the Distinguished Leadership Award for “outstanding dedication and pioneering initiatives to foster and build inclusive, quality communities for all”.  The Housing Association of Non-Profit Developers (HAND) recognized her outstanding commitment to affordable housing.

Supervisor Hudgins serves on several regional and state boards.  She was appointed to the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo)’s Education Steering Committee in 2014.  From 2011 to 2013, she served as Chairman of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Board (WMATA/Metro).  In 2012, she was Chairman of the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo).  She was the 2010 Chairman of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC) and Vice Chair of WMATA.  She served as 2007 Chairman of the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) and continues as a current member.  Supervisor Hudgins also served two terms on the State Board of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) and was a member of the Commonwealth Commission on Mental Health Law Reform.

Supervisor Hudgins holds a Masters of Public Administration from George Mason University and a BS in mathematics education from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.  She and her late husband Willie have been residents and active community members of Reston, Virginia since 1969, and raised two Fairfax County Public School graduates.

Kerrie Wilson has been CEO of Cornerstones (formerly Reston Interfaith) since February 2001, and has 35 years of experience in health and human services advocacy, public health policy, and nonprofit management. Cornerstones exists so that individuals and families in the Dulles corridor who are homeless, isolated or living in poverty can access resources that offer stability, empowerment and hope for healthy and connected lives.  Cornerstones’ signature approach – working in purposeful and targeted partnerships – brings together people and strategies from multiple sectors to harness and target expertise and resources for greater community well-being.

Prior to joining Cornerstones in 2001, Kerrie was National Vice President for Government Relations and Public Policy for the American Cancer Society. Kerrie has been a champion for affordable housing and co-chairs the Fairfax County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, which recommends strategy for advancing affordable and workforce housing.  In addition to serving on the boards of local chambers of commerce, she served as the Treasurer of the Eugene and Agnes Meyer Foundation and is on the boards of the Virginia Housing Alliance, and the Virginia Nonprofit Leadership Council.

Kerrie is on the board of the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, is Vice President for Community and serves on the Executive Committee of the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the Nonprofit Advisory Council for the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce. She also serves on the board of directors of the Virginia Housing Alliance, and the Virginia Nonprofit Leadership Council.

In the high-cost-of-living greater Washington D.C. area, Kerrie has been a champion for affordable housing. She is co-chair of the Fairfax County’s Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC), which recently developed and delivered a Community-Wide Housing Strategic Plan to the Fairfax Board of Supervisors. AHAC recommends strategy for advancing affordable and workforce housing and provides oversight for a local housing trust fund used to preserve 2,400 units of affordable housing and provide long-term rental subsidies. She also played a key role on the Executive Committee of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness that has seen a 47% reduction in homelessness since 2008.

Cornerstones is a nonprofit organization that promotes self-sufficiency by providing support and advocacy for those in need of food, shelter, affordable housing, quality childcare, and other human services. For nearly 50 years, Cornerstones has been helping neighbors in need overcome tough economic times in an already high cost-of-living region. The service area of Cornerstones has grown to include most of northwestern Fairfax County, continuing their history of helping people build more stable lives by connecting them to vital resources that solve their needs for housing, childcare, food or financial assistance.

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