Elizabeth Jones Valderrama, MA, CVA, Executive Director
Elizabeth Jones Valderrama has been an integral member of the OAR of Arlington, Alexandria, and Falls Church team for more than 16 years, including the last five years as OAR’s Executive Director. At nine years old, Elizabeth moved with her family from Costa Rica to Arlington, Virginia, where she graduated from Washington-Liberty High School in 1998 as the high school’s first Hispanic/Latina Valedictorian. She earned a BA in Spanish and Latin American Studies with a minor in History from the University of Virginia in 2002 and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management and Development from the University of Phoenix in 2005. She is a Certified Volunteer Administrator (CVA), a 2009 graduate of the Leadership Center for Excellence Leadership Arlington Signature Program, was honored in 2014 as one of the 40 Emerging Community Leaders under 40 years old in Arlington County and 2019 in the City of Alexandria. Elizabeth Jones Valderrama currently serves on the Alexandria Community Criminal Justice Board, Arlington County Community Criminal Justice Board, and the Leadership Center for Excellence’s Board of Regents. Elizabeth is a facilitator for Encore Learning’s class Crime, Public Safety, Justice, and Reentry in Arlington. For the last seven years, she has worked to shape statewide reentry programs through the Pre and Post Incarceration Services Coalition (PAPIS: Virginia Reentry Coalition).