Matt de Ferranti serves on the Arlington County Board and is running for re-election. First elected to the County Board in November 2018, Matt was unanimously elected as Chair of the County Board by his colleagues on January 4, 2021. In addition, Matt was elected in January 2022 to serve as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission.
Matt’s career, first as a teacher in a low-income community in Houston and later as a lawyer, has been dedicated to helping people build better lives for themselves and their children. He has served as an advocate for economic and educational equity at Feeding America, Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together, and the Education Trust. Matt began serving on Arlington County’s Housing Commission in 2013. In 2014, he was appointed to the Arlington Public Schools Budget Advisory Council, where he served as Chair in 2017-2018. Matt also has served on the Joint Facilities Advisory Commission.
He has served on numerous campaigns to elect Democrats from the School Board to the White House including as head of northern Virginia offices for Barack Obama’s Presidential election campaigns. He believes in the ideas that the Democratic Party stands for — they are essential to who he is, and underlie his commitment and work.
A 2015 Leadership Arlington graduate, 2016 graduate of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership, and 2017 graduate of Arlington Neighborhood College, Matt grew up in neighboring McLean and lives in the Rock Spring neighborhood with his wife, Brooke.
Bethany Zecher Sutton is a proud Arlington resident of more than 20 years, with nearly a decade of active community engagement and leadership. Her professional background includes 25 years’ experience in higher education, with expertise in governance, strategic planning, staff and leadership development, and non-profit management. Bethany is a certified leadership coach and executive search consultant, specializing in leadership development for women in higher education and nonprofit organizations.
Bethany served on the PTA board at Randolph Elementary School for 7 years, including 3 years as president. Since spring 2020, she has led the Randolph Food Pantry, a community-based, volunteer effort to feed and support families who have been substantially impacted by the pandemic. She serves on the Arlington County Food Security Task Force.
Since 2018, Bethany has served on the APS Advisory Council on Teaching and Learning, which she currently chairs. She has a passion for excellence in student learning and a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Bethany is married to Ben Sutton, a research officer at the International Monetary Fund. She grew up in the Philadelphia area, attended college at the University of Mary Washington and graduate school at UMass Amherst, as well as the graduate program in leadership coaching at Georgetown University. For service to the Randolph PTA and leadership for the Randolph Food Pantry, Bethany received the APS Honored Citizen Award in 2021 and the Distinguished County Service Award in 2020 from Volunteer Arlington & the Leadership Center for Excellence.