Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority Commissioners
Chairman, Sully District
Lenore Stanton was appointed to the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority to represent the Sully District in 2019. She was a mortgage securities attorney at Freddie Mac for 24 years, specializing in securitization financing for single-family mortgages. She was most recently the lead attorney for the company’s investment portfolio, responsible for all legal issues related to the management and disposition of re-performing and non-performing single-family loans. She led the legal team in developing the processes to transfer the servicing of these loans to servicers better equipped to modify or resolve the loans for borrowers in conjunction with the disposition of the loans via securitization or sales. Previously, she was the principal attorney representing Freddie Mac’s investments in mortgage-backed securities totaling over $400 billion in investments from 1999-2008. She developed and authored Freddie Mac’s “Investment Guidelines” to ensure compliance with Freddie Mac’s Charter, Mission and affordable-housing goals as well as federal and state anti-predatory lending laws. From 1988 to 1996 she was an associate at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. Prior to law school, Ms.Stanton was a land use and planning consultant in Fairfield County Connecticut.
She was listed on the Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll for 2018 and represents pro bono clients in housing and divorce issues through Legal Services of Northern Virginia and other providers. Ms. Stanton holds a B.S. degree from Fairfield University and a J.D. from the University of Bridgeport.
Vice Chair, Dranesville District
Mount Vernon District
Elisabeth Lardner has lived in the Mount Vernon District since 1993. While being actively involved within her community, Elisabeth has led a nationally recognized landscape architecture and planning practice focused on public and nonprofit work. Her projects have ranged from large capital investments such as the development of an arts and crafts college master plan in Eastern Kentucky, to park master and management plans, streetscape design and downtown revitalization projects, to site specific design such as playground and trail design and visitor interpretation facilities.
Prior to her current appointment to the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA), Elisabeth has served on several civic boards, authorities, and commissions – including previous terms of service as the Mount Vernon Commissioner and as a former Chair of the FCRHA. She holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Oregon and a Master of Landscape Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University
Staci Alexander is the Director of Thought Leadership for AARP and works to amplify AARP’s voice in key conversations around longevity, aging and equity. In her role, Staci leads the AARP Thought Leadership agenda with external stakeholders and allies. In this capacity, Staci develops and executes external engagements with both traditional and nontraditional partners to expand the conversation on the future of aging. Staci has a rich history of cultivating partnerships and alliances in support of mission driven goals across the fields of policy development, communication and housing and community development. Staci has worked as a staffer in the United States Senate, as a lobbyist for nonprofit urban and rural affordable housing developers, and as a grant maker focused on expanding the capacity of nonprofit housing developers for the Fannie Mae Foundation. Prior to joining AARP, Staci expanded her communications and outreach skills to work with public media as an Assistant Director with MacNeil/Lehrer Productions and Senior Associate of the Community Strategies Group for the Aspen Institute.
Staci has a MPA from City University of New York, Baruch School of Public Affairs and a BA in political science from Vassar College.
Staci is also an advocate for children and adults with developmental disabilities and serves on the board of the Institute for Exceptional Care. She lives in Annandale, Virginia with her husband and twin daughters.
Mr. Solomon, an attorney, joined Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP in June 2003 as a veteran administrator with almost 30 years' experience in the public housing and Section 8 voucher programs at the local, state and federal level. Mr. Solomon represents housing authorities, underwriters, financial institutions, state and local governments, and non-profit and for-profit entities attempting to expand and improve affordable housing through the public housing, tenant-based, and project-based voucher programs, as well as other HUD or governmental initiatives. Prior to joining Hawkins, Mr. Solomon completed an eight-year tenure with HUD where he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy during a period when the federal government's commitment to its massive public housing stock and Section 8 voucher program underwent a thorough overhaul. During these years (1994-2003), the legislation governing the public housing and Section 8 housing voucher programs was substantially revised. Prior to his HUD service, Solomon held a number of positions with large urban public housing authorities, including serving for two years as chief operating officer of the Atlanta Housing Authority. He gained national recognition for the 12 years in which he served the Boston Housing Authority, including stints as General Counsel as well as planning/development director. Mr. Solomon is a graduate of Amherst College, Harvard Law School (J.D.), and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (M.P.A.). Mr. Solomon was appointed to the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority in 2008.
Hunter Mill District
Richard J. Kennedy was the Director of HUD’s Office of Block Grant Assistance (OBGA) from 1995 to 2007 and a member of the Senior Executive Service since 2002. As Director of OBGA, he had responsibility for the overall direction and implementation of the multi-billion dollar Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and the related Section 108 loan guarantee program. He was appointed Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Grant Programs in August 2007. In that position he represented the Assistant Secretary in all matters for 3 offices overseeing the CDBG program, the HOME program and the Department’s responsibilities for compliance with environmental requirements. Mr. Kennedy worked with the State and Small Cities CDBG program from 1978 to 1994 as both Assistant Director and, ultimately, Director. From 1970 through 1978, Mr. Kennedy held several HUD positions with significant assignments as a community planning and development representative in HUD’s Buffalo (NY) field office and a special assistant to HUD’s Assistant Secretary for Administration. He initially joined HUD in 1966 through the HUD Intern program and began his career with the HUD’s Public Housing Administration in New York. Mr. Kennedy’s service with HUD was put on hold in 1967 as he entered the United State Marine Corps, attending officer candidate school and receiving flight training en route to becoming a Naval Flight Officer and service in Vietnam. Upon his retirement in 2008, Mr. Kennedy received HUD’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Kennedy has also served on the Reston Planning and Zoning committee since 2010. The RP&Z advises the County Supervisor for the Hunter Mill District on all significant development and housing activities in Reston. Mr. Kennedy is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, earning his BS degree in mechanical engineering in 1966.
Nicholas McCoy is an Investment Management Associate at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in Washington DC. He focuses his practice on fund formation and his pro bono practice on immigration and prisoner advocacy. Prior to joining Akin Gump, Mr. McCoy served as an 8th-grade math teacher in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas.
Mr. McCoy was appointed to the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority to represent the Lee District and is committed to the RHA's goal of safe and decent housing for all. Mr. McCoy has a particular interest in affordable housing for all incomes. Mr. McCoy earned his M.B.A. from the University of Arizona and his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law.
LaToya Isaac is an attorney with the federal government in Virginia. Her current practice focuses on acquisition law. Ms. Isaac previously served on the Civil Service Commission. Ms. Isaac was appointed to the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) in 2023 as the Braddock District Commissioner. She is committed to the mission of the FCRHA and serving as a representative for the Braddock District. Ms. Isaac earned her J.D. from West Virginia University College of Law and an LL.M. from George Washington University Law School.
Kristen Robinson was appointed to the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority as an At-Large Commissioner in November 2020. Ms. Robinson is the mother of a young boy and works with children at a pediatric therapy studio in the Tysons area. Ms. Robinson is a strong advocate for the advancement of affordable housing options in Northern Virginia, where the cost of housing can be extremely prohibitive.
Michael Cushing is a 30-year resident of McLean, in the Dranesville District. He was appointed to the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority in 2023 as an At-Large Commissioner.
Mr. Cushing has been a senior federal executive for more than 30 years. He has held leadership positions at the US Agency for Global Media, the Export Import Bank of the United States, the US International Development Finance Corporation, the Office of Personnel Management, and the Office of Presidential Personnel.
Since 2018, he has served as a Strategic Advisor to Government Executives (SAGE) for the Partnership for Public Service, which advises federal senior leaders on navigating the federal environment and its political, management, and legal demands.
As an attorney in private practice, Mr. Cushing specialized in real estate finance, representing financial institutions, developers, and owners in real estate acquisition, financing, leasing, management, restructuring, and the disposition of commercial and multi-family residential properties.
Mr. Cushing received his A.B. from Harvard College and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.