J. Walter Tejada served on the Arlington County Board from 2003 to 2015, serving as Chairman in 2008 and 2013 and Vice Chairman in 2007, 2012 and 2015. Mr. Tejada has distinguished himself as a leader committed to enhancing the diversity of Arlington and the region’s community voice. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Office of the Public Defender for Arlington & the City of Falls Church, the Arlington Non-Profit Assistance Center and the Community Volunteer Network.
While an elected official, Mr. Tejada held leadership roles in the National Association of Counties (NACo) serving on the Transportation, Justice and Public Safety, and Healthy Counties committees. He was appointed Chairman of NACo’s Immigration Task Force in 2009 and 2012, and Vice Chairman in 2015. In 2009, he was elected President of the National Association of Hispanic County Officials, a sub-division of NACo. Mr. Tejada also served in leadership positions in the Virginia Association of Counties and Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.
Mr. Tejada is a recipient of the Spirit of the Community Award from the Arlington Community Foundation, Outstanding Young Arlingtonian of the Year from the Arlington Jaycees, the Phyllis Campbell Newsome Public Policy Leadership Award from the Center for Non-Profit Advancement (twice) and the Immigrant Advocate of the Year Award from the Capital Area Immigrant Rights Coalition. He was the first Chairman of the Virginia Latino Advisory Commission, a member of the Governor’s Urban Policy Task Force and the Immigrant Rights Coalition of Greater Washington. Mr. Tejada is currently the President of the Virginia Latino Leaders Council. He is an appointee of the Governor of Virginia.