Arlington County Manager Announces Samia Byrd as Assistant County Man

Published on April 14, 2017

  • Samia Byrd will serve as a senior advisor to the County Manager

  • She will also serve as a liaison to the Arlington County Board

  • More than 20 years of planning experience

  • Initially joined Arlington County in 2007

Samia Byrd has been named Assistant County Manager and will serve as an advisor to the County Manager and a liaison to the County Board on planning and development related interests.  She will provide guidance in furthering the County's visions and goals for land use planning and policy.

Byrd joined Arlington County serving as a Principal Planner in the Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development in 2007.   Her work as a planner for Arlington County builds upon her career offering state and local practitioners resources and information on housing and community economic development policy, practices and programs.   She has been instrumental in providing oversight and managing the County's special exception land use and development review processes.  She has also managed and facilitated the review of several notable complex, multifaceted, development proposals and has served as both Site Plan and Use Permit Coordinator for Arlington County.

"Samia has an extensive level of experience and knowledge related to planning, project and program management", said Arlington County Manager Mark Schwartz.  "She has demonstrated her skills in cultivating client relations and facilitating communication among and between a myriad of stakeholders".

About Samia Byrd

Prior to joining the County, Ms. Byrd served for more than eight years as a Manager with Quadel Consulting, a firm specializing in affordable housing management.  She was instrumental in developing the award winning HOPE VI Revitalization Initiative for Public Housing authorities in San Antonio, TX and Chester, PA.  In addition, Ms. Byrd has significant experience working with Public and Indian Housing serving as on-site manager for the Disaster Voucher Program for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.   She has also served as Director of State Fiscal Analysis and Policy for the National Council of Nonprofit Associations, and a Research Associate with the Urban Land Institute where she worked on low income tax policy, neighborhood and community economic development programs, and real estate development markets and trends.

Ms. Byrd is an alumni of the Urban Land Institute's Regional Land Use Leadership Program and received a Certification of Public Management (CPM) from The George Washington University-Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Institute for Regional Excellence in 2012.  She is an Associate Member of ULI and a member of ULI Washington's NEXT Initiative Council.

Ms. Byrd, a native of Hampton, VA, earned a Master's and Bachelor's Degree in City Planning from Georgia Tech and the University of Virginia respectively.  She resides in Springfield, Virginia with her husband and two children.