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Rumi Forum – NOVA Region Responds to Syrian Refugee Crises

March 29, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

NOVA Region Responds to Syrian Refugee Crises

Hosted by Rumi Forum for Interfaith Dialogue and Intercultural Understanding


Join us for a talk by a panel of county officials from Norther Virginia area on their recent trip to Turkey to deliver aid to Syrian refugees on March 29, 2016. They will share their impressions and their work with the refugees.



Marty Nohe represents the Coles Magisterial District on the Prince William Board of County Supervisors (BOCS). He was first elected to represent the Coles District in November of 2003, and was re-elected in 2007 and again in 2011. Prior to his election as Supervisor, Mr. Nohe served as an elected member of the Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District from 2002-2003. Supervisor Nohe serves on a number of boards and committees that work at the local, regional and state level. Nohes actively volunteer for and support a number of organizations that further the cause of child safety and welfare.  They are recipients of the 2006 Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute Angels in Adoption Award for their advocacy on behalf of children in foster care and efforts to encourage domestic adoption, and were recently named Northern Virginia Co-Chairs of Governor McDonnell’s VirginiaAdopts Initiative.

Robert W. Lazaro, Jr. serves as Director of Regional Energy and Sustainability Policy for the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC). Prior to his appointment as Director, Lazaro has a long history of public service in the community elected first as a Town Council member of the Town of Purcellville, Virginia and four terms as Mayor. During his service the Town was recognized in a number of areas for environmental protection and sustainability winning the Governor’s Gold Medal for Environmental Excellence (2010), the Historic District Design Excellence Award (2011 & 2012) and the prestigious Siemens’ Corporation National Sustainable Communities Award (2012). Lazaro has served as Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the NVRC and actively participated in the Transatlantic Urban Climate Dialogue with colleagues from Germany and Canada.

David Tarter was born and raised in Northern Virginia, where he has been a lifelong resident. He is the founder and principal of the law firm Tarter Nova Law in Arlington Virginia, where he specializes in commercial real estate and business law. Prior to his term on Council, Mr. Tarter was a member of the City’s Economic Development Authority, where he served as Chair. He obtained his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Virginia. He is also a graduate of St. Stephen’s School in Alexandria. Mr. Tarter has traveled widely, having lived and worked or studied in London, England, Tokyo, Japan, and Riga, Latvia. He is married with three children who attend Falls Church public schools.

Scott K. York is President of York Consulting Group, LLC which was formed in January of 2016. Scott is most remembered as Chairman York when he started serving as Chairman of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors in January 2000 after winning his election in November of 1999. Prior to becoming Chairman, Scott served one four term on the Board as the Sterling District Representative, and one four year term as the Sterling District Planning Commissioner. In all, Scott York served the citizens of Loudoun County for twenty four years. As Chairman he served in a variety of regional and State positions. He represented Loudoun County on the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ Board of Directors, the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, the Route 28 Transportation Improvement District Commission, the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, the Board of Directors for the Virginia Association of Counties, and on the Virginia High-Growth Coalition, which he founded.

Mark Gibb was chosen by the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC) to serve as the Executive Director in April of 1987.  He serves as the Commission’s Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for the implementation of plans, studies and projects designated by the Commission. Mr. Gibb served several years as an Adjunct Professor of Planning with the University of Virginia, Northern Virginia Center. Prior to his appointment as the Director of the NVRC, Mr. Gibb served as the Executive Director of the Kern Council of Governments (Kern COG), located in Bakersfield, California.  While in California, Mr. Gibb also served as an Adjunct Professor of Public Administration, California State College at Bakersfield. Mr. Gibb is the former President of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), and a former member of the ASPA National Council for the Mid-Atlantic Region.


March 29, 2016
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Event Category:


Rumi Forum for Interfaith Dialogue and Intercultural Understanding


American Turkish Friendship Association (ATFA)
3949 University Dr
Fairfax, DC 22031 United States
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