The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority operates under the direction of a seven-member board (officially called the Commission) comprised of business people appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. The board ensures that the business community is well represented in the policy-making functions of the FCEDA. The board meets monthly, usually the second Wednesday of the month, at FCEDA headquarters in Tysons Corner.

For this month's meeting agenda, click here.


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Catherine Lange, Chairman

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors appointed Catherine Lange to the FCEDA Board in November 2009. Ms. Lange is a partner with Human Capital Advisors, a strategic human capital consulting firm. Previously she was founder, president and CEO of BusinessWorks of America, Inc., a management consulting and leadership development firm formed in 1995. She has more than 35 years of business experience, with more than 20 years at two Fortune 500 technology companies – Digital Equipment Corporation and Burroughs Corporation (now Unisys) – followed by nearly 15 years as a small-business owner.

Ms. Lange serves on a number of business and non-profit boards.  She serves as a board member of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce Committee. She founded the chamber’s Women’s Business Council. She is chairman of the board for Fairfax Futures, a non-profit dedicated to preparing pre-kindergarten children for educational success.  She is an alumnus of the Community Foundation of Northern Virginia board, and she he is member of the 2011 class of Washington Business Journal Women Who Mean Business.

Ms. Lange holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University. She has lived in Fairfax County for more nearly 40 years.

Ronald C. JohnsonSecretary

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors appointed Ron Johnson to the FCEDA Commission in November 2001. He is chairman and CEO of Ronson Network Services Corporation. Previously he was founder and managing partner of Ronson Communication & Information Systems.

Mr. Johnson is a past member of the Board of Visitors at Virginia State University, and served as rector of the university. He has served on a number of state-wide boards including the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs, the Governor's Alliance for a Drug Free Virginia and the Southern Technology Council.

Christian Deschauer, treasurer and assistant secretary

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors appointed Christian Deschauer to the FCEDA board in June 2016. Mr. Deschauer is director of government relations at Transurban, an Australian company that manages and develops urban toll road networks in Australia and North America. He is responsible for Transurban’s government affairs program in North America.

His previous role was at the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, where he led government relations for the largest chamber of commerce in Northern Virginia. Prior to joining the chamber, he served as a senior legislative aide to Fairfax County Supervisor Pat Herrity and was also a staffer to former U.S. Rep. Tom Davis (11th District, Virginia). He has a master’s degree in international commerce and policy from George Mason University and a bachelor's degree in marketing from Penn State University.


Linnie Haynesworth

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors appointed Linnie Haynesworth to the FCEDA Commission in July 2016. She is sector vice president and general manager of Cyber and Intelligence Mission Solutions for Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, with executive responsibility for the overall growth and program activities within the division’s business portfolio.

Ms. Haynesworth has held numerous business development, functional and program positions of increasing responsibility in multiple sectors at Northrop Grumman. She has served as vice president and general manager within the Information Systems sector, vice president for aerospace products within the Aerospace Systems sector and vice president and program manager of that sector’s Defense Weather Satellite System.

With a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California, she has extensive government, commercial and international partnership experience.

Esther Lee

Esther C. Lee, vice chairman

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors appointed Esther C. Lee to the FCEDA Commission in July 2016.

A strategic business leader with senior management experience in Fortune 500 companies and government, Ms. Lee served as global chief marketing and new business officer for Burson-Marsteller, where she launched the first-ever Global Corporate Reputation Index.

In 2009, she was appointed by President Barack Obama as senior policy adviser to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, where she created and led the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Ms. Lee, who earned her B.A. in economics at Harvard University and her MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, has also worked as a business and technology journalist for CNN and held senior executive positions at Time Warner and Siemens. She also is a co-founder of the Council of Korean Americans.


Roderick (Rocky) Mitchell

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors appointed Roderick (Rocky) Mitchell to the FCEDA Commission in June 2016. Mr. Mitchell is executive vice president, global fixed assets, for Pentagon Federal Credit Union (PenFed). He is responsible for real estate strategy and acquisition to meet business unit requirements for PenFed and its affiliates. He previously served as CFO, COO and chief administrative officer of PenFed.

He also was the founding CEO of the Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation, which is dedicated to promoting financial literacy and the well-being of soldiers and their families, especially those wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq. Prior to joining PenFed, Mr. Mitchell was president and CEO of the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation in New York, one of the nation's largest community development corporations.

Mr. Mitchell obtained his bachelor's degree in economics from University of California, Los Angeles, and an MBA in finance from Columbia University. He is a 1999 Ellis Island Medal of Honor recipient and is on the board of directors of the Armed Forces YMCA, National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, and the National Coast Guard Auxiliary.


James Quigley

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors appointed James Quigley to the FCEDA board in June 2016. He is the co-founder and COO of Canvas, a Fairfax County-based mobile technology company and creator of cloud-based software. He also is co-founder and partner in Refraction, a creative co-working community in Reston, Virginia.

He has a history of building wireless companies, having served as vice president and managing director at inCode Wireless (acquired by VeriSign) and performing significant roles at Aether Systems, Orbcomm and Peak Technologies. In 2007, his team designed and delivered a mobile solution used to track deadly global pandemics, an application ultimately honored with the Motorola Wireless Solution of the Year Award.

Mr. Quigley also received the Information Week Business Innovation “IT Hero” award (2016), has been named a “Top 50” CEO by the Center for Innovative Technology and has been recognized as one of the top 20 global executives in his field by CLO Magazine. He serves on the board of the Washington West Film Festival and LetsGiveBack.org. He is a former U.S. Naval Reserve officer and holds a bachelor's degree in engineering from the United States Merchant Marine Academy.