Robert W. Lazaro, Jr. serves as Executive Director and Director of Regional Energy and Sustainability Policy for the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC). Mr. Lazaro has a long history of public service in the community serving eight years as Mayor and two years as Town Councilman in the Town of Purcellville, Virginia. During his service the Town was recognized in a number of areas for strong financial stewardship, environmental protection and sustainability. Under Lazaro’s leadership Purcellville became the smallest Town in Virginia to achieve a Triple A bond rating with its first foray into the bond market. Further, the Town won the Governor’s Gold Medal for Environmental Excellence (2010), the Historic District Design Excellence Award (2011 & 2012) and the prestigious Siemens’ Corporation National Sustainable Communities Award (2012). Lazaro has served in the leadership in statewide and regional organizations, including as the current Vice-Chairman of the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation, former Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the NVRC and an active participant in the Transatlantic Urban Climate Dialogue with colleagues from Germany and Canada. Lazaro holds a degree in Public Administration from St. John’s University. He and his wife Carolyn have been married for more than 30 years. Mr. Lazaro is an appointee of the Governor of Virginia.