Elizabeth Jones Valderrama, Executive Director
Elizabeth Jones Valderrama is Executive Director of Offender Aid and Restoration of Arlington, Alexandria and Falls Church (OAR). Ms. Jones Valderrama has been an integral member of the OAR team for more than 13 years, including five years as OAR’s Chief Operating Officer focused on implementing best practice and evidenced-based models for OAR programs and creating a working environment where staff quality, professionalism, and commitment grew and new staff positions were created. At nine years old, Elizabeth moved with her family from Costa Rica to Arlington, Virginia where she graduated from Washington-Lee High School in 1998 as the high school’s first Hispanic/Latina Valedictorian. Ms. Jones Valderrama earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies from the University of Virginia in 2002 and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix in 2005. She also is a Certified Volunteer Administrator (CVA), a 2009 graduate of Leadership Center for Excellence Leadership Arlington Signature Program, and was honored in 2014 as one of the 40 Emerging Community Leaders under 40 years old in Arlington County. Elizabeth Jones Valderrama currently serves on the Alexandria Community Criminal Justice Board, the Alexandria/Arlington Regional Workforce Council, the Arlington County Community Criminal Justice Board, the Leadership Center for Excellence’s Programs Committee and the Community Progress Makers Advisory Council. For the last five years, she has worked to shape statewide reentry programs through the Pre and Post Incarceration Services Coalition (PAPIS: Virginia Reentry Coalition).