Barbara Favola

Ms. Barbara Favola is the CEO and managing director of Pathways to 21st Century Communities. She is also a State Senator, representing parts of Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun.

Ms. Favola is committed to helping organizations manage change and to engaging the broadest range of external stakeholders in this effort. She specializes in helping organizations obtain local government approvals for new development projects. Ms. Favola looks for partners who are interested in making our communities great places for everyone to live.

Years of Public Service

She started her public service career in the highly competitive Presidential Management Intern Program, now known as the Presidential Fellow Program.

Ms. Favola then served as an elected official on the Arlington County Board for 14 years, from 1997 through 2011. She chaired that body 3 times. During her service on the County Board, she was recognized for her commitment to human rights and for her advocacy on environmental issues and matters affecting women and children. She was an architect of the “Smart Growth” and affordable housing programs that have come to define the Arlington community.

She also worked in the immediate office of the Secretary of Health & Human Services and on the U.S. House of Representatives Budget Committee on issues related to Medicaid, Medicare and Maternal & Human Services. This combined service extended for 15 years.

Currently Working for You

Ms. Favola has served in the Virginia State Senate since 2011 and was re-elected in 2015 where she currently serves as a State Senator, representing parts of Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun in the Virginia General Assembly. In the Senate, she serves on the Transportation Committee, Rehab and Social Services Committee and Local Government Committee.

Ms. Favola also Chairs several bodies related to her other Senate responsibilities. These are: Women’s Health Care Caucus, Commission on Youth, Sexual Assault Advisory Committee and Subcommittee on School Leadership and Academic Performance. Ms. Favola serves on the Advisory Committee of the School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech.