Libby Garvey

Arlington County Board Member

Headshot of Libby Garvey, wearing brown long sleeved blouse and brown and orange scarf.

Libby Garvey was elected to the Arlington County Board in March 2012, after serving on the Arlington County School Board for 15 years, including five times as Chair. She has served twice as Chair of the Arlington County Board in 2016 and 2020. 

Ms. Garvey began her professional career as a teacher in the Peace Corps in the Central African Republic. She worked as a legislative aide to Congressman Lee Hamilton and as an associate director of the Mount Holyoke College Washington Internship Program. Virginia Governor Mark Warner appointed Ms. Garvey to serve on the P-16 Education Council, a position she continued under Governor Tim Kaine.

Throughout her career, Ms. Garvey has been involved in many community organizations, including serving as vice president of the County Council of PTAs; vice president of the Fairlington Civic Association, and vice-chair of the Advisory Council on Instruction. She established the Kennan Garvey Memorial Fund for Phoenix Bikes in memory of her husband and is serving on its board. She has served as an occasional volunteer speaker for the Washington Regional Transplant Community.

Ms. Garvey also sits on several Regional Groups. She currently sits on the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government’s (MWCOG) Emergency Preparedness Council, and the Food and Agriculture Regional Member (FARM) Ad Hoc Advisory Committee, and in 2021 will be chairing the Region Forward Coalition. Ms. Garvey is the past Chair of MWCOG’s Chesapeake Bay and Water Resources Committee on which she still serves.

She and her late husband, Kennan, came to Arlington in 1977.  Ms. Garvey earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts.  She has two daughters (graduates of Arlington County Public Schools) and five grandchildren.

Board Member Libby Garvey’s January 2021 priorities

Libby Garvey’s December 16th Virtual Swearing-In Ceremony

Vice Chair Libby Garvey’s March 16, 2019 Remarks on Amazon HQ2 Performance Agreement