Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority Commissioners
Chair, Dranesville District
C. MELISSA McKENNA
Mrs. McKenna is a eighteen-year resident of Herndon and has previously served on the Herndon Town Council and as the Chair of the Town’s Planning Commission. In 2009, she was appointed by Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust to serve on the Dranesville District Area Plans Review Task Force, a group that reviewed the proposed development surrounding the Route 28 Metro Site and its future impact on the town. In 2018, she served as the chair of the task force appointed to reevaluate to the Innovation Station North area to determine a second option for land use in the area. In 2019, Mrs. McKenna served as the Co-Chair of the Affordable Housing Resource Panel, tasked with providing recommendations to the Board of Supervisors surrounding the best strategies to implement in addressing the need for affordable housing in the county for the next 15 years.
Commissioner McKenna's community involvement has included membership in a steering committee to develop a partnership between Trinity Presbyterian Church and Herndon Elementary School; leadership within local Girl Scout troops; serving as a Sunday school teacher at Trinity Presbyterian; and volunteering for the Herndon Hammerheads swim team. She holds Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Education degrees from the College of William and Mary and works as a Senior Account Executive in the technology industry.
Vice Chair, Sully District
Lenore Kelly 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. Kelly 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. Kelly holds a B.S. degree from Fairfield University and a J.D. from the University of Bridgeport.
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. Dunn is an attorney and is a partner at Cook Craig & Francuzenko, PLLC in Fairfax. He focuses his practice in the areas of labor and employment litigation, commercial litigation, constitutional law and landlord/tenant law. During his legal career, Mr. Dunn has been recognized by Super Lawyers, Arlington Magazine and Virginia Business Magazine's Legal Elite in the area of employment law.
Mr. Dunn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and American Studies from Williams College and a Juris Doctor from Washington and Lee University School of Law.
Mr. Dunn is an active member of the local community having previously spent several years as a Commissioner on the Civil Service Commission. He also served on the Pine Pond cluster committee in Burke Centre.
Mr. Feng has thirty-two years of public service experience at various levels and branches of government. He served as a police officer, financial auditor, and congressional investigator. In 2006, Mr. Feng retired from U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) as the Assistant Director for Investigations. Afterwards, he served as a Management Analyst with the U.S. State Department until 2011. During his professional career he collaborated with senior officials within the Congress, White House, Pentagon, and multinational corporations in developing national policy. In addition, he was an adjunct faculty member at California State Universities.
Mr. Feng holds a B.A. degree from California State University at Los Angeles, an MPA degree from University of Southern California, and a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from Western State University, School of Law.
Mr. Feng is an active member in his community. His involvement with youths resulted in political appointments to various State and local boards and commissions, which include the Virginia State Board of Juvenile Justice; and the Fairfax County’s Criminal Justice Board, Civil Service Commission, Park Authority Board, plus various Land Use and Transportation Task Forces. Mr. Feng is a recipient of the “Lord Fairfax” Award, and the Silver Beaver Award from the National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
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.
Eric Maribojoc is the Executive Director of the Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship at the George Mason University School of Business. Eric also serves as a commissioner of the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority and as a board member of the Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance. He is a real estate professional with over 25 years of experience in all facets of commercial and residential properties, working with private-sector real estate investment funds. Prior to George Mason University, he also taught at the graduate real estate program at the Kogod School of Business at American University where he earned his MBA in Finance and Real Estate in 1993.
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.