Cheryl Ellsworth – Honored for Many Years of Outstanding Civic Service to our Area’s Low-income Families
Fairfax County, VA – Cheryl Ellsworth was honored at the 2017 Fairfax County Federation of Citizens’ annual awards banquet with a 2016 Fairfax County Citation of Merit recognizing her any and diverse volunteer efforts to increase access to affordable housing for working households in Fairfax County. Joseph Chudzik was the 2016 Fairfax County Citizen of the Year. Other Citations of Merit honorees were Emily McCoy and Ken Balbuena.
Cheryl Ellsworth is an attorney who spent 25 years practicing international trade law in the nation’s capital. She specialized in representing companies, business associations, and foreign governments in administrative and judicial proceedings, as well as in trade negotiations. She made numerous presentations to corporations and business groups on international trade issues, and assisted clients to implement internal audit procedures to minimize their risk of exposure under the U.S. trade laws.
From 2006-15, Cheryl served on the board of directors of Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services (GSH). She served as Chair of the Development Committee, Board Chair, and Chair of the Board Development Committee. Cheryl also served as Chair of GSH’s Executive Search Task Force. During the period in which Cheryl served as Board Chair, GSH won the 2012 Center for Nonprofit Advancement Board Leadership Award, the 2012 Fairfax County Nonprofit of the Year Award, and the 2013 Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management.
Beginning in 2016, Cheryl was elected to serve on GSH’s Community Leadership Council.
Currently, Cheryl is an owner-member of Hollin Hall Curves, a women’s fitness center. As President of the organization, she and her team are dedicated to providing a supportive, community-based environment for women to reach their health and fitness goals. Hollin Hall Curves regularly solicits member’s donations of school supplies, food items, books and monetary gifts that a rechanneled to area nonprofit organizations.
For her many and diverse volunteer efforts to increase access to affordable housing for working households in Fairfax County, the Fairfax Federation is honored to recognize Cheryl Ellsworth with a Citation of Merit.