The following Arlington County Government employees and consultants are staffed on the BRAC Project:
|BRAC Project Staff|
|Andrea Morris||BRAC Coordinator||Full bio|
|Sandra Smith||Director, BRAC Transition Center||Full bio|
|Adam Beebe||Business Development Manager||Full bio|
|Amy Seales||Career Transition Specialist||Full bio|
|Carla Leap||BRAC Consultant||Full bio|
|Claudia Kieffer||Career Transition Specialist||Full bio|
Phone: (703) 418-1189
Andrea is the Base Realignment and Closure Project Coordinator for Arlington County. As such, she oversees the County’s plan of 34 recommendations covering eight topical areas, including workforce and business assistance, infrastructure development, business and tenant incentives, and planning and development policies; all focused on the long term sustainability of Arlington’s economic base. Andrea has presented at local, regional, and national meetings and conferences on Arlington’s response to the BRAC mandate, emphasizing the workforce, business, and redevelopment activities, and publishes a monthly newsletter tracking the progress of BRAC actions affecting Arlington and the region.
Andrea began her educational career by earning a Bachelor’s degree in Public Affairs from Indiana University, her Master’s degree in Urban Studies from Long Island University, and her PhD in Public Policy from George Mason University. She has worked in urban education, community based organizations, social service organizations, and local government. Andrea also has worked as a consultant for DC government, Fannie Mae Foundation, the International Economic Development Council, and LISC. Andrea enjoys reading, writing, music, sports, theatre, and working with the children and youth at her church. She is a resident of Arlington County.
Director, BRAC Transition Center
Phone: (703) 418-1129
Sandra Smith is the Director of the BRAC Transition Center and an employee of the Arlington Employment Center (AEC). In her capacity as Director, she is responsible for developing and managing all the workforce services provided at the Center for Department of Defense workers who have been impacted by BRAC and are seeking new employment.
Sandy has a thirty-five year career in workforce development in the public, private and non-profit sectors. In addition to developing and operating workforce development programs for a variety of populations, she is a certified career counselor, trainer, fundraiser, evaluator, and published author. She has managed national evaluation and demonstration projects for three federal agencies and developed national training and technical assistance programs for industry associations. Sandy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Communication and a Masters degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Florida. Sandy has also worked as a consultant for several national education, research and advocacy organizations including Public/Private Ventures; the Education Development Center; the National Urban League; Westat and the National Retail Federation. She enjoys world travel, film and spending time with her amazing three cats.
Business Development Manager
Phone: (703) 418-1134
Adam Beebe is the Business Development Manager for the BRAC Transition Center and an employee of Arlington Economic Development (AED). In his capacity as Business Development Manger, Adam is responsible for supporting small businesses and defense contractors throughout the BRAC transition by connecting them to business development opportunities and providing information about the time line and impacts of the BRAC actions. Adam is also an entrepreneurial consultant who helps BRAC-impacted workers start new businesses.
Prior to joining AED as a full time employee in 2008, Adam worked as a consultant for AED’s BizLaunch program and as a Business Development Specialist for the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. From 2003-2006, he served in Honduras with the US Peace Corps as a Small Business Development Volunteer. Adam graduated from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce in 2003 with a minor in Architectural Design. Adam is fluent in Spanish and has traveled to thirty countries throughout the world.
Career Transition Specialist
Phone: (703) 418-1142
Amy Seales is a Career Transition Specialist for the BRAC Transition Center and an employee of Arlington County's Department of Human Services (DHS). In her capacity as Career Transition Specialist, Amy works closely with federal and defense contractor employees-- as well as their eligible dependents-- whose jobs are impacted by BRAC. She provides career counseling, assistance with the development of targeted federal application packages, interview preparation and job search assistance.
Prior to joining the BRAC Transition Center, Amy worked as Career Counselor Supervisor for Opportunity Inc. in Norfolk, VA; a One-Stop Workforce Center. She possesses more than 15 years of progressively responsible experience as a Career Counselor in the private, non-profit, and federal government sectors. Amy holds a Masters degree in Urban Education and Community Counseling from Norfolk State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Southern New Hampshire University. Amy has taken additional graduate level and professional development courses in psychology, counseling and labor relations and is fluent in English and Spanish.
Phone: (703) 418-1130
Carla Leap pioneered Arlington County’s workforce efforts on BRAC. With 17,000 jobs leaving the County, she worked diligently with County leaders to establish the BRAC Transition Center in Crystal City to provide convenient access and superior services to impacted workers and businesses. She currently works as a BRAC consultant with the Alexandria/Arlington Workforce Development Consortium, developing strategies and overseeing activities that promote the outstanding local workforce services.
Carla had a 29 year career in human services for Arlington County where she served as the Director of the Arlington Employment Center and the Executive Director of the Alexandria/Arlington Workforce Investment Board. Under her leadership there was an immense expansion of services to residents and businesses of Arlington, including successful programs for those impacted by 9/11 and other economic down turns, expansion of education and job training opportunities, and the implementation of welfare reform.
Career Transition Specialist
Phone: (703) 418-1130
Claudia Kieffer is the newest member of the BRAC Transition Center, serving as a part-time Career Transition Specialist to provide career counseling, assistance with the development of targeted federal application packages, interview preparation, and job search assistance.
Claudia brings to the team extensive knowledge of community resources and services. Claudia had a 29 year career in human services for Arlington County where she last served as Deputy Director of Child and Family Services Division, overseeing over 100 staff in critical clinical services. Her career in Arlington included various progressively responsible leadership positions in diverse program areas and services serving individuals, children and families. She led multiple reorganizations resulting in enhanced service delivery and efficiencies, partnering with multiple community agencies and stakeholders, to achieve results. Claudia has also lived around the world and offers a unique understanding of the impact of change to individuals and families.