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Robert Schwaninger, an attorney, has been practicing before the Federal Communications Commission since 1982, and began his own firm in 1986. Since that time, he has represented hundreds of businesses, licensees, tower owners, and persons before the FCC, the U.S. Court of Appeals, and various federal agencies and offices. Mr. Schwaninger has been a featured speaker before several trade organizations, including the Site Owners and Managers Association; International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association; and the National Surveillance Association among others. Mr. Schwaninger has written numerous articles on various telecommunications and regulation issues which have been published in industry journals such as Communications, Compliance Engineering, Popular Communications, and Mobile Radio Technology (MRT). He also served as Regulatory Consultant to MRT for nine years, and wrote a monthly column for that publication entitled “In the Public Interest.” Mr. Schwaninger is the co-author of Fryer’s Market Report – a comprehensive evaluation and overview of the radio tower industry and the financial opportunities that it holds for investors and operators. Mr. Schwaninger has been quoted often in national publications, such as Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and various local news outlets, including providing interviews on nationally syndicated radio talk shows. Mr. Schwaninger is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law (J.D.); he also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri. Mr. Schwaninger was appointed to the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority in 2006.
Ms. Jonas is a sixteen-year resident of Herndon and has served on the Herndon Town Council and currently serves as the Chair of the Town’s Planning Commission. In 2009, she was appointed by Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust to serve on the Dranesville District Area Plans Review Task Force, a group that reviewed the proposed development surrounding the Route 28 Metro Site and its future impact on the town. In 2018, she served as the chair of the task force appointed to reevaluate to the Innovation Station North area to determine a second option for land use in the area.
Commissioner Jonas’ community involvement has included membership in a steering committee to develop a partnership between Trinity Presbyterian Church and Herndon Elementary School; leadership within local Girl Scout troops; serving as a Sunday school teacher at Trinity Presbyterian; and volunteering for the Herndon Hammerheads swim team. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Education degrees from the College of William and Mary and works as a Senior Account Executive in the technology industry.
Vice Chair, Dranesville District
C. MELISSA JONAS
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Mount Vernon District
Christopher T. Craig, an attorney, is a member of the Virginia State Bar and the District of Columbia Bar. Mr. Craig earned a B.A. in Political Science from the State University of New York at Binghamton, his Masters in Public Administration from the Nelson A. Rockefeller School of the State University of New York at Albany, and his law degree at George Mason University Antonin Scalia Scalia School of Law. Mr. Craig is a member of the Virginia State Bar and the District of Columbia Bar. He is also a member of the Bar of the Virginia Supreme Court, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the Third and Fourth US Circuit Court of Appeals, the US District Court for Eastern District of Virginia and the US District Court for the District of Columbia. He is currently a partner in the law firm of Cook, Craig & Francuzenko, PLLC. He is currently President of the Canterbury Woods Swim and Tennis Club. He previously served as Legislative Sub-Group Chairman of the Braddock Magisterial District Transportation and Land Use Dialog, and represented his community association in the Braddock District Council of Homeowners Associations. Mr. Craig was a 10-year member of the Danbury Forest Community Association (1996-2006), three times serving as president. In Danbury Forest, Chris spearheaded several local traffic-calming and parking projects, as well as a joint DFCA/Fairfax Park Authority projects. Mr. Craig serves as a member of the Fairfax Bar Association Law-Related Education Committee and regularly serves as a judge in the GMUSL Moot Court competition. Mr. Craig was appointed to the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority in 2011.
CHRISTOPHER T. CRAIG
Mr. Feng has thirty-two years of public service experience at various levels and branches of government. He served as a police officer, financial auditor, and congressional investigator. In 2006, Mr. Feng retired from U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) as the Assistant Director for Investigations. Afterwards, he served as a Management Analyst with the U.S. State Department until 2011. During his professional career he collaborated with senior officials within the Congress, White House, Pentagon, and multinational corporations in developing national policy. In addition, he was an adjunct faculty member at California State Universities.
Mr. Feng holds a B.A. degree from California State University at Los Angeles, an MPA degree from University of Southern California, and a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from Western State University, School of Law.
Mr. Feng is an active member in his community. His involvement with youths resulted in political appointments to various State and local boards and commissions, which include the Virginia State Board of Juvenile Justice; and the Fairfax County’s Criminal Justice Board, Civil Service Commission, Park Authority Board, plus various Land Use and Transportation Task Forces. Mr. Feng is a recipient of the “Lord Fairfax” Award, and the Silver Beaver Award from the National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
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Richard J. Kennedy was the Director of HUD’s Office of Block Grant Assistance (OBGA) from 1995 to 2007 and a member of the Senior Executive Service since 2002. As Director of OBGA, he had responsibility for the overall direction and implementation of the multi-billion dollar Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and the related Section 108 loan guarantee program. He was appointed Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Grant Programs in August 2007. In that position he represented the Assistant Secretary in all matters for 3 offices overseeing the CDBG program, the HOME program and the Department’s responsibilities for compliance with environmental requirements. Mr. Kennedy worked with the State and Small Cities CDBG program from 1978 to 1994 as both Assistant Director and, ultimately, Director. From 1970 through 1978, Mr. Kennedy held several HUD positions with significant assignments as a community planning and development representative in HUD’s Buffalo (NY) field office and a special assistant to HUD’s Assistant Secretary for Administration. He initially joined HUD in 1966 through the HUD Intern program and began his career with the HUD’s Public Housing Administration in New York. Mr. Kennedy’s service with HUD was put on hold in 1967 as he entered the United State Marine Corps, attending officer candidate school and receiving flight training en route to becoming a Naval Flight Officer and service in Vietnam. Upon his retirement in 2008, Mr. Kennedy received HUD’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Kennedy has also served on the Reston Planning and Zoning committee since 2010. The RP&Z advises the County Supervisor for the Hunter Mill District on all significant development and housing activities in Reston. Mr. Kennedy is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, earning his BS degree in mechanical engineering in 1966.
Hunter Mill District
Commissioner McAloon, a retired Naval Officer, is an Investments Manager with The Burney Company in Falls Church. He holds a B.A. in Government from Marquette University and an M.A.in Political Science from St. Johns University.
AJ has an extensive history of community involvement since arriving in the County in 1976. Among his activities were the initiation of the Central Springfield Area Revitalization Council (CSPARC) in 1984, and co-establishment of what became "Fairfax Ridesources" ride-sharing service. Other activities, have included board membership on Celebrate Fairfax, the NOVA Community College Educational Foundation, and the Fairfax County Economic Advisory Council. He has twice served as the Vice Chair of the Authority and has served on the HOMS, Finance, and Revitalization committees, and currently chairs the Planning and Development Committee. Mr. McAloon is committed to the RHA's goal of safe and decent housing for all and has a particular interest in accessible housing for the disabled. He was among the driving forces in the
establishment of the RHA's Housing Accessibility Policy. He was first appointed to the Authority in
ALBERT J. McALOON
Ezra Rosser was appointed to the Redevelopment and Housing Authority on September 25, 2018. Ezra has been a Professor of Law at the American University Washington College of Law since 2006, where he teaches several courses, including Housing Law, Land Use, and Poverty Law.
Ezra is a co-author of the textbook, Poverty Law, Policy, and Practice, and a co-editor of The Poverty Law Canon and editor of Holes in Safety Net: Federalism and Poverty. He has written articles for numerous journals, including the California Law Review, Harvard Law & Policy Review, Washington University Law Review, Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal, Environmental Law, and the American Indian Law Review.
Ezra received an M. Phil from Cambridge University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a B.A. in Economics and English from Yale University.
Mr. Solomon, an attorney, joined Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP in June 2003 as a veteran administrator with almost 30 years' experience in the public housing and Section 8 voucher programs at the local, state and federal level. Mr. Solomon represents housing authorities, underwriters, financial institutions, state and local governments, and non-profit and for-profit entities attempting to expand and improve affordable housing through the public housing, tenant-based, and project-based voucher programs, as well as other HUD or governmental initiatives. Prior to joining Hawkins, Mr. Solomon completed an eight-year tenure with HUD where he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy during a period when the federal government's commitment to its massive public housing stock and Section 8 voucher program underwent a thorough overhaul. During these years (1994-2003), the legislation governing the public housing and Section 8 housing voucher programs was substantially revised. Prior to his HUD service, Solomon held a number of positions with large urban public housing authorities, including serving for two years as chief operating officer of the Atlanta Housing Authority. He gained national recognition for the 12 years in which he served the Boston Housing Authority, including stints as General Counsel as well as planning/development director. Mr. Solomon is a graduate of Amherst College, Harvard Law School (J.D.), and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (M.P.A.). Mr. Solomon was appointed to the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority in 2008.
Ms. Yerby is a participant in the FCRHA’s Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program and lives in Herndon, VA. She also participates in the Family Self-Sufficiency program, which is a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program that helps families achieve economic independence and self-sufficiency. She works full-time as an invoicing coordinator, and her life goals include obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and exploring the possibility of homeownership. She is also a past participant in Fairfax County’s Bridging Affordability program, which provides short-term rental subsidies as well as supportive services from nonprofit partners in an effort to support low-income households with achieving their highest level of self-sufficiency.