Arlington County’s GARE Cohort

In 2019, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), in partnership with the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE), launched the first-ever regional learning cohort of local government staff to advance racial equity and opportunities for all. Below are the participants from Arlington County Government.


2021-2022 Cohort 
Department Name
County Manager's Office Amber Barnett
County Manager's Office Jerusalem Solomon
Department of Parks and Recreation Becky Suttell
County Attorney's Office Virginia Sadler
Office of Human Resources Jason Drake


Inaugural Cohort 2019-2020

  • Arlova Vonhm: Community Planning, Housing & Development

  • Mike Collins: Environmental Services

  • Reuben Varghese: Human Services

  • Richard Stephenson: Management & Finance

  • Jennifer Fioretti: Parks & Recreation

  • David Herlihy: Technology Services

  • Tiffanye Wesley: Fire

  • Farzin Farzad: Human Resources

  • Anne Gable: Libraries

  • Paula Chavis: Police

  • Julia Burgos: Arlington Public Schools

  • Carolyn Jackson: Arlington Public Schools

  • Corey Dotson: Arlington Public Schools