Get Involved

There are many ways you can get involved in Arlington County preservation. We hope the first thing you will do is join the Arlington Heritage Alliance, and support our ongoing efforts. Membership rates start at just $25 and includes our lively newsletter and free programs throughout the community. Our members give AHA a voice and credibility within the community, and establish us as a force in local preservation and environmental issues. We welcome your suggestions on appropriate directions for AHA. Whether you choose to periodically attend our monthly Board meetings or simply want to contribute to our cause--we welcome your support! To join, mail your Membership Application Form to:

P.O. Box 100489
Arlington, Virginia 22210-1418

The Board of Directors of the Arlington Heritage Alliance is the dynamic core of the Alliance. We meet monthly, and encourage members to attend our meetings to find our ways in which they can volunteer within the organization. We are also looking for new Board members. Contact our Chair, Kathryn Smith, by phone ( 703.533.0412 ) or email for further information.

Current (2009-2010) AHA Board of Directors and Officers

Chair: Kathryn Smith
Vice-Chair: Kim O'Connell
Residential Committee:
Commercial Committee: Kim O'Connell
Institutional Committee:
Treasurer: Edwin Fountain
Secretary: Caridad de la Vega
Membership: Virginia (Gigi) Price

Board Bios

Gail Baker
Tom Dickinson
Susan Riley Klein
Charles Monfort
Eric Dobson
Jennifer Perunko


Periodically we solicit help from our members and ask that you voice your opinions about specific issues we are following. Any time you want to weigh in on a preservation issue in Arlington, we encourage you to send letters to the Arlington County preservation staff, members of the Historic Affairs and Landmark Review Board (see below), and members of the Arlington County Board. All of these groups play a role in Arlington County preservation, which we have outlined below.

Arlington County Historic Preservation Program:
This county funded program helps identify, preserve, and protect Arlington's historic resources. These preservation professionals research and designate historic sites, survey buildings and neighborhoods, and promote preservation efforts and Arlington's heritage throughout the community. Contact: Michael Leventhal, 703.228.3813, email, or write at 2100 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 700, Arlington, VA 22201

Historic Affairs and Landmark Review Board (HALRB):
Appointed for four-year terms, the HALRB is a 15-member citizens advisory board to the Arlington County Board. Their many responsibilities include reviewing plans for exterior alteration, demolition, and new construction in locally-designated Arlington historic districts through a Certificate of Appropriate, commenting on proposals and issues affecting local and national historic resources, and sponsoring an annual Preservation Design Awards program.
Contact: Kevin Vincent, Chair, 703.228.3830 or write at 2100 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 701, Arlington, VA 22201

Arlington County Board:
The five member County Board is the governing body of Arlington vested with its legislative powers. Members are elected at-large for staggered four year terms. They can be contacted at: Arlington County Board, 2100 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: 703.228.3130 or email.

State and Federal Representative and Offices:
We often contact our state and Federal officials to voice our preservation related concerns. If you want to help in this regard, click here for their contact information.


At the local, state and Federal levels, there are numerous organizations that work together to further the cause of historic preservation. Some are advocacy groups, while others are focused on documenting historic places. We hope you will find these links hopeful.