Betsy Frantz honored by Arlington County Board

Arlington County Board Chairman Katie Cristol presents Betsy Frantz with a resolution in honor of her tenure heading the Leadership Center for Excellence during the May 22, 2018, County Board meeting. (Photo by Kurt Larrick)

County Board members on May 22 paid homage to Betsy Frantz, singling out her work rebuilding volunteer-recruitment-and-promotion efforts in Arlington.

Frantz earlier this year departed after two decades as head of the Leadership Center for Excellence. In 2016, that organization took over what previously had been a government-run volunteer office.

“The caliber of the organization” helped “create both more [volunteers] numerically and more effective ways for the community to give back,” County Board Chairman Katie Cristol said at a brief recognition ceremony.

For several years before the 2016 handover, the county government had either by omission or commission allowed its volunteer office to atrophy, moving staff to other duties. The Leadership Center for Excellence, which won the contract in a competitive-bidding situation, hired Lisa Fikes in mid-2016 to run Volunteer Arlington.

Frantz in April began work leading the Virginia Hospital Center Foundation. She told County Board members “it’s been an honor” helping to chart the growth of the leadership organization, which began life as Leadership Arlington, an initiative of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce.

And Frantz said though she has a new position, she’d always be available.

“I’ll only be right up the road,” she said.

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