Planning Commission Members

Daniel Weir, Chair

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Daniel Weir moved to Arlington in 2007. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Barcroft School and Civic League. Before moving to Barcroft, he lived in Dorchester Apartments in Columbia Heights for five years. He has served on various commissions and working groups, including the Transportation Commission and the Thomas Jefferson Working Group.

Daniel holds a JD from the George Mason University School of Law and an MA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. He earned a BA in Political Science from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. He and his wife Laurel have lived in Barcroft since purchasing their first home there in 2013.

Appointment:  March 23, 2021
Appointment Term Ends:  April 30, 2025

Devanshi P. Patel, Vice-Chair

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Devanshi Patel is a graduate of the Arlington Public School System, and she earned her B.A. in Government and International Politics from George Mason University and her Juris Doctor from the Howard University School of Law. She co-founded a law firm in Arlington County, and she currently serves on several commissions.

Devanshi also is the Vice President of the John M. Langston Civic Association.

Appointment: January 2, 2019
Term Ends: January 31, 2023


Denyse “Nia” Bagley

1052 N Monroe Street
Arlington, VA 22201
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Nia is a 30-year resident of Historic Monroe Courts (1938 rowhouses) in Virginia Square where she maintains a Certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat. Her godchild Emily was born and raised in the house next door and attended Taylor, Swanson, and W-L. Nia was born in Buffalo and raised in Michigan.   As a child, Nia’s parents were actively involved in the community and inspired her to ‘make a difference’. She served four terms as president of the Ballston-Virginia Square Civic Association, one term as its vice-president, and six terms as its treasurer. Before getting involved with BVSCA, she and a small group of volunteers organized SaveQuincyPark.org to preserve Arlington’s ‘central’ park when it was threatened by a proposal to build a new high school on the site.  She is a life member of the University of Michigan Alumni Club (she is a second generation grad; her parents met there) as well as the University of Michigan Alumni Marching Band (clarinet). She pursued post-graduate work in public relations at The American University. Nia currently manages the Arlington office of a large residential real estate company (after serving many years as its regional marketing for D.C., Maryland and Virginia) and is licensed in Virginia and Maryland.

Appointment: July 16, 2019
Appointment Term Ends: July 31, 2023

Elizabeth Gearin

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Elizabeth Gearin is a former member of the Arlington County Park and Recreation Commission. She has lived with her family in the Yorktown Civic Association neighborhood since 2003. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and has worked as both a community development planner and as a housing coordinator. She holds a PhD in Urban Planning and Development from the University of Southern California and has taught in the USC Price School of Public Policy and the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Appointment: December 15, 2019
Appointment Term Ends : December 31, 2023

Stephen Hughes

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Stephen Hughes has lived in Arlington, VA since graduating from George Mason University.  He grew-up in Roanoke, Virginia where he was actively involved in his community.  Since moving to Arlington, he has lived in Crystal City and on Columbia Pike as a renter.  He is the former president of the Arlington Heights Civic Association and has served on the Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee and was a member of the Thomas Jefferson Working Group.   He and his wife purchased their first home in Arlington and enjoy spending time with their two young children.

Reappointment: May 21, 2019
Appointment Term Ends: May 31, 2023

James Lantelme

2806 Key Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22201
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Jim Lantelme and his wife are 30 year residents of Arlington. He has watched the Clarendon area adjacent to his neighborhood change from used car lots and Sears to the current mix of stores, restaurants, offices and apartments. Their daughter attended Arlington Public Schools and was in the neighborhood 4th of July parade every year. Jim is a native New Yorker and holds a J.D from Georgetown University and a Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a former president of the Lyon Village Citizens Association and was active in the Arlington County Civic Federation.

Appointment: March 23, 2021
Appointment Term Ends : March 31, 2025

Tenley Peterson

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Tenley Peterson was appointed to the Planning Commission in 2019. She lives in the Court House neighborhood with her husband and three children. Previously, Tenley served on Arlington County’s Fiscal Affairs Advisory Commission for eight years, 3.5 of which she chaired the commission. Additionally, she was an appointee to Arlington County’s Audit Committee, acted as moderator for Arlington’s FY2020 budget town hall meeting, and was a facilitator for the County’s 2018 “Big Ideas” roundtables. Tenley is the director of web and digital strategies at Georgetown Day School. She grew up in Massachusetts and has lived and/or worked in Singapore, China, Australia, and London. She graduated summa cum laude from Bryant University with a bachelors in business administration. She graduated with a masters in Asian studies from the University of Hawaii.

Appointment: July 16, 2019
Appointment Term Ends: July 31, 2023

Leonardo Sarli

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Leonardo Sarli grew up in São Paulo, Brasil, and Toronto, Canada, before arriving in Arlington, via the Midwest. Living in Barcroft since 1999, Leo has enjoyed participating in the Public Art Committee, Arlington Commission for the Arts, Parks and Recreation Commission, and the Complete Neighborhood Streets Commission. Along with commissions, Leo served in the Four Mile Run Joint Citizens Task Force, Enriching Lives: Arlington Arts and Culture Strategy, and the Cultural Facility Task Force.

Leo is a principal at LAB, an architecture and planning firm in Arlington. Over the past 20+ years, his design and planning experience has covered a broad range of project types in both private sector development and public sector planning, including mixed-use development, community buildings, historic preservation, design guidelines, and transportation planning.

Leo received his B.Arch from Andrews University in Michigan.

Appointment: April 28, 2020
Appointment Term Ends: April 30, 2024

James Schroll

2630 John Marshall Drive
Arlington, VA 22207
(C) 434-825-7591
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James Schroll was appointed to the Planning Commission in 2015 and has served on the Transportation Commission since 2014. Previously, he served as the president of the Arlington County Civic Federation and president of the Ballston-Virginia Square Civic Association.

James earned an MPA from George Mason University and a BA in Political Science from the University of Mary Washington. In 2012, he was a member of the Sorensen Institute’s Political Leadership Program. James lives in the East-Falls Church neighborhood with his wife, Melissa.

Reappointment: May 21, 2019
Appointment Term Ends: May 31, 2023

Sara Steinberger

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Sara Steinberger (Shapiro) was appointed to the Planning Commission in 2019 and has served on the Arlington Historic Affairs and Landmark Review Board (HALRB) since 2016. She was recently the Vice Chair of the Arlington County World War I Commemoration Task Force which completed its service in December 2018. Sara holds a JD from Temple University Beasley School of Law and earned her BA in political science and classical studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Sara and her husband, Jared, have lived in the Ballston neighborhood since 2014. Sara previously lived in the Courthouse neighborhood.
In her day job, Sara manages a portfolio of contracts for a large government contractor based in northern Virginia.

Appointment: January 2, 2019