Cerdafied Dance Studios is ready to get the DMV moving at the Takeoff to Takeover pop-up workshop on Saturday, April 25 at Clarendon Pop-Up Bar (3185 Wilson Blvd). D.C.-area native and Billboard-charting recording artist Jason Cerda and co-founder Rahna Faddoul are bringing together an exclusive lineup of nationally recognized and local dancers to lead a day of intensive classes in street jazz, hip-hop, heels, contemporary and more with music spun by DJ Reckless.
Cerdafied Dance Studios is a training facility for dancers skilled in myriad styles looking to learn from industry veterans. Before the studio takes its Takeover dance convention to major dance cities across the nation, Takeoff to Takeover will offer DMV dancers an exclusive preview of what’s ahead.
Celebrity choreographers Josh Price and Rob Rich will headline the dance pop-up workshop. Price has worked alongside Chris Brown and T-Pain and performed at the annual YouTube Awards with Mariah Carey as well as at the White House for President Barack Obama. He was also featured on NBC’s World of Dance. Rich landed his first dance gig with Lady Gaga and has worked with celebrities such as Ellen DeGeneres, Ciara, Tinashe and more. Some of his notable appearances include America’s Best Dance Crew Season 6, Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance and the NAACP Awards.
Among the other unique classes at Takeoff to Takeover, Cerda– who has been billed with Jennifer Lopez, J Balvin, Ludacris, T.I., T-Pain, Becky G, Gente de Zona and more– will teach a special “tourography” class with powerhouse Gabrielle Odom accompanied by a live band. Odom has choreographed for Love & Hip Hop’s Ashley Nicole, Danni Baylor and the Morgan State Morganettes and will team up with Cerda to teach the class for dancers interested in becoming back up dancers for major artists. Additionally, Gabby David, the official shuffle dance icon for the world-phenomenon video game Fortnite, will lead a contemporary class alongside Grace Cho. In keeping with the studio’s “Good vibes save lives” motto, the day will conclude with a special dance cypher circle.
A full-day class pass is available for $230 and includes access to twelve sessions as well as an intimate panel discussion with Price and Rich. Drop-in classes range from $28 to $40 depending on class type, and multi-class packs start at $90. Group tickets of 10+ are available for a discounted rate. For more information, visit www.cerdafiedstudios.com. Takeoff to Takeover will welcome dancers of all talent levels but is geared towards intermediate and advanced dancers. Following the Arlington debut, Cerdafied will Takeover major dance cities including Miami (August 7), Atlanta, Houston, Chicago and more.
Takeoff to Takeover is possible thanks to the help of top sponsors including A2Z Music Factory.
About Cerdafied Dance Studios
Cerdafied Dance Studios strives to be a competition-free environment where the elite come to train. From beginner level to aspiring professional dancers and everyone in between, Cerdafied Studios enhances everyone’s love for music and movement. With access to a team of talented dancers and instructors, Cerdafied Dance Studios offers more than 20 different styles of dance, including but not limited to industry-style Hip Hop classes, Salsa, Bachata, Belly Dancing, Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet, Body Sensual Movements, and African-root themes. In addition to great dance classes, Cerdafied Dance Studios offers a variety of fitness classes, including Zumba, yoga, Latin-infused cardio Hip Hop and core strengthening.
Arlington, VA – Washington Workplace, an award-winning commercial office furniture dealer in Arlington, teamed up with Business Furniture Installations (BFI) and a nonprofit alumni association to donate unused office furniture to Pioneer Middle School in Senegal, in West Africa.
Washington Workplace Design Team Lead Ashley Prout coordinated the company’s donation. Prout’s husband, Lamine Ly, is a Senegal native who attended the school. Senegal’s literacy rate is one of the lowest in the world, and Ly’s alumni group started the nonprofit last year with a mission to renovate their school. Their initiatives include updating restrooms, creating a library with books and upgrading each classroom.
Earlier this year, Washington Workplace moved locations and BFI retired from the furniture installation business. Both companies had inventory that was no longer needed. Prout approached Washington Workplace President John Murphy and BFI executives about donating the unused furniture to Pioneer Middle School.
“In our line of work, we see a lot of perfectly good office furniture being discarded, so I told my husband about it,” Prout explained. “With the help of his alumni association, we were able to determine exactly what the school could use.”
For two months, Prout and her family collected and organized chairs, desks, glass boards, lateral files and bookshelves. They rented a truck and hauled them to storage until they could procure a shipping container. Last month, the shipment arrived at the school in Senegal.
Murphy and his former BFI colleagues were grateful for the opportunity.
“Giving back is always rewarding, but making a difference through a personal connection with a staff member was extra special,” Murphy said. “Doing so during a challenging time for all of us due to the Covid pandemic gave us another reason to be thankful.”
The alumni association’s next goal is to build a library and stock it with books in French, the country’s official language.
To support this effort, please contact Ashley Prout at [email protected], or make a donation via the alumni association’s GoFundMe page here.
Longtime CEO of the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing Nina Janopaul will retire June 30, 2021, after a remarkable 14-year career at the helm of the organization, leading APAH through a period of transition and rapid expansion. The APAH Board has appointed Executive Vice President Carmen Romero to lead APAH into its ambitious next phase of growth and service. Ms. Romero takes over leadership of APAH as its new President and CEO on July 1, 2021.
During her tenure, Ms. Janopaul led APAH from the Great Recession of 2008 through a period of exponential growth. Ms. Janopaul joined APAH in 2007, rounding out a full-time staff of three. Since then, APAH has grown to an organization of 38 full-time professionals. Ms. Janopaul also oversaw a rapid increase in its affordable housing facilities, from 534 units to 1,800–and there are an additional 1,000 units in active development.
Ms. Janopaul’s signature achievement at APAH has been shepherding the small but mighty organization in financial dire straits into a regional leader in affordable housing, and a national exemplar. Today, APAH is recognized as one of the top 50 affordable housing developers in the nation.
When Ms. Janopaul assumed leadership of APAH in 2007, the organization managed 534 units but struggled with a negative net worth of $2.2 million. With two construction projects underway just at the onset of the 2008 lending crisis, Ms. Janopaul spent her first two years as CEO working to protect APAH from insolvency.
Her work, and the commitment of her staff, paid off: APAH bounced back from the Great Recession and has grown to a total asset value of more than $525 million today. APAH has also grown in scope and influence over the last 14 years. While the original geography was limited to Arlington, APAH has become a regional organization, thanks to its success and capacity to do more–and to impact more lives.
“Nina has led APAH’s remarkable growth through talent, tenacity, and building an incredible team,” said APAH Board Chair Susan Ingraham Bell. “All of us on APAH’s Board are honored to have partnered with Nina in building this organization to meet the growing need for affordable housing, to provide transformative services to our residents, and to be advocates for equity and opportunity.”
To ensure APAH’s continued growth, effective execution, and mission impact, APAH’s Board of Directors appointed Carmen Romero as APAH’s next President and CEO on July 1, 2021. Ms. Romero has led APAH’s real estate team for nearly a decade. She joined the small real estate group in 2011, bringing expertise honed at Clark Construction, Marriott International, and an MBA from the Wharton School. Working with Ms. Janopaul, Ms. Romero built APAH’s reputation as a best-in-class developer of complex new construction, infill projects, and ambitious entitlements.
“Carmen has a commitment to the APAH mission, a strong drive to achieve, and incredible talent for building a shared vision among stakeholders and partners,” said Ms. Janopaul. “She understands the details, but she gets the big picture. I know Carmen will bring great success to APAH, as she has already demonstrated in her award-winning leadership of the Real Estate Team.”
Before June 30th, Ms. Janopaul has a busy workplan. “Beyond guiding the transition, I am focusing my energy on few key priorities: finding a sustainable way to provide high quality internet to all of our residents; scaling our practices to serve an organization that is far larger and more complex than when I started; and, advancing APAH’s work on Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.” During her retirement, Ms. Janopaul will continue to serve on several housing boards and look for opportunities to make a difference in the community.
“It has been my privilege, the highlight of my professional career, to serve as the APAH CEO,” she said. “What we do is real, affecting real people. As I drive around Arlington and beyond, I invariably pass an APAH building. These buildings will endure. I rejoice that the 4,500 residents we house today are experiencing greater comfort and opportunity by living in an APAH property. I am especially proud of how we were able to support our residents during this pandemic, during inequitable challenges of unemployment and health impacts. We are all shaped by where we live. It has been my honor to improve that experience for so many of our low-income neighbors.”
Arlington’s pandemic-stressed safety net organizations received an infusion of funds from the Kiwanis Foundation of Arlington this month. The Foundation, the charitable arm of the Kiwanis Club of Arlington, distributed more than $50,000 to the Arlington Food Assistance Center, Arlington THRIVE, The Salvation Army, ASPIRE, Bridges to Independence, PRS Crisis Link, Doorways, Capital Caring, YMCA, Arlington 4-H, National Capital Treatment & Recovery, VHC Pediatrics and other non-profits serving children in the community.
“Kiwanis, according to its mission statement, is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time,” says Jason Harrington, president of the Kiwanis Club of Arlington. “Our Club has a 90-year history of supporting the youngest and the neediest among us.”
In previous years, grant checks were presented at Club meetings but, because it has been unable to hold in-person meetings during the pandemic, the Club sent funds directly to the grant recipients in 2020 and 2021. There have been virtual meetings, however, and in recent weeks, members have heard from Deborah Taylor, president & CEO of National Capital Training & Recovery, Tara Hoit, director of Capital Caring Kids, and Andrew Schneider, executive director of Arlington THRIVE, about the work they are doing to improve the lives of children in Arlington.
Young people dealing with addiction have been severely impacted by the pandemic. Speaking via Zoom to the Club in January, Taylor, a registered nurse specializing in chemical dependency, reported, “For nearly a year, individuals with substance abuse disorder have faced an epidemic of addiction within a pandemic. Substance abuse disorder is a disease of isolation.”
Children’s bereavement during the pandemic has taken on a whole new dimension as children have watched loved ones succumb to the virus. Capital Caring provides an annual children’s grief camp and family-centered bereavement events. “By supporting them along their grief journey, we are creating a pathway to healing and hope,” said Hoit.
As thousands of jobs were lost to the pandemic, Arlington THRIVE found that writing same-day checks for needy citizens was not enough. The organization, which provides emergency financial assistance to Arlington residents who experience sudden financial crisis, found that recipients needed help over a longer period of time. “The pandemic has lengthened the time period that assistance was needed as well as the types of assistance needed,” Schneider said. “Many of the people were working, but the pandemic closed many facilities where the people worked.”
Kiwanis Foundation funds are also helping meet the rising needs of hungry families, homeless families, victims of domestic abuse, and many others during this critical period. Captain Alvaro Porras of the Salvation Army writes, “Lots of families are coming to our doors seeking relief in this stressful situation. Your [Kiwanis] generosity is truly a great example of love, willingness, and caring, ready to help when people need it most.”
The Kiwanis Club of Arlington raises funds for their community grant programs through a variety of activities, most of which have been curtailed during the pandemic. However, they were able to conduct a successful blueberry sale last year following CDC guidelines for no-contact delivery and safe distancing, and plans are underway for the 2021 blueberry sale. This year, fresh blueberries will arrive the last week in June. Order online at www.arlingtonvakiwanis.com and help support Arlington’s kids.
The annual Easter Sunrise Service, hosted by Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, will be live-streamed via JBM-HH Facebook beginning at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, April 4, from Arlington National Cemetery.
This year, the Easter Sunrise Service will be held at the event’s traditional location – Arlington National Cemetery’s Memorial Amphitheater. Due to COVID-19 mitigation protocols and limitations on large group gatherings, this year’s service will be virtual – live-streamed for public viewing.
The Easter Sunrise Service will be a Protestant service and will begin with the call to worship at 6:30 a.m. by Chaplain (Col.) Michael T. Shellman, Command Chaplain for the Joint Force Headquarters – National Capital Region / U.S. Army Military District of Washington. The Deputy Chief of Chaplains for the Army Reserve, Chaplain (Brig. Gen.) Andrew R. Harewood, will deliver the Easter message.
According to one of the Easter Sunrise Service coordinators, the deputy chaplain at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Chaplain (Maj.) Scott Kennaugh, “The Easter Sunrise Service supports military families and service members by providing spiritual enrichment and supports the joint base command’s mission to provide for the free exercise of religion in the military.”
To keep the number of personnel on site as low as possible, participating chaplains will be joined by a brass quartet and four vocalists from the U.S. Army Band, “Pershing’s Own,” and a sign language interpreter.
In case of inclement weather, the service will be live-streamed from the joint base’s Memorial Chapel located on the Fort Myer side of the base in Arlington, Va.
Please access the JBM-HH Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/
Introduced by House Majority Whip Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington), HB 2128 was one of the first pieces of legislation signed into law by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam before the end of the session. The bill expands the amount of time state police and agencies have to conduct a background check on a ‘default proceed’ gun sale, from 3 days to 5 days.
Individuals who buy a gun from a licensed dealer must undergo a background check. Prior to this year, Virginia law enforcement officials only had three business days to complete this check and if the background check wasn’t completed within that time, dealers were allowed to sell the firearm anyway. This is known as a “default proceed” sale.
While 89.5% of background checks conducted through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System provide an answer within seconds or minutes about whether an individual is legally allowed to buy a gun, approximately 10.5% of cases require further investigation and review by FBI and ATF agents.
“Last year, 235 background checks that were eventually rejected took longer than three days,” Lopez said. “That means 235 gun sales went forward that should have been rejected. That’s an unacceptable number. The only acceptable number is zero. That’s why it was absolutely critical we worked to close the ‘Charleston Loophole’ this session.”
The General Assembly had previously passed legislation expanding the time allowed for a background check from one day to three days. Delegate Lopez had also passed legislation putting an end to the practice of an online certification being sufficient enough to receive a concealed handgun permit.
While Lopez is incredibly proud of the progress made, he acknowledges there is still more work to be done. “We’ve made amazing progress,” said Lopez, “but more work remains in the area of sensible gun violence prevention, including on assault weapons, high capacity gun magazines, and ‘smart guns’. I’m confident we will get there.”
Lopez continued, “We must do everything we can to keep our communities safe, protect families, and build a Virginia that lifts everyone up and leaves no one behind.”
Our hearts are breaking. We are angry. We are grieving. We are committed.
The Arlington Interfaith Network stands with the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community of Atlanta after the heinous murder of eight people on March 16, six of whom were Asian American.
Our hearts are breaking. We mourn with the families and loved ones of Xaiojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, Soon Chung Park, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, and Yong Ae Yue. We mourn the racist violence which took these six Asian American lives. We also mourn with the families and loved ones of Delaina Yaun and Paul Andre Michels, the other victims of the shootings. We pray for the healing of Elcias R. Hernandez-Ortiz, still in intensive care at the time this writing.
We are angry. Racism often goes by many other names in our country, in an attempt to soften the harsh realities of hatred in our midst. Yet our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) siblings know all too well the daily toll of racism and its emotional, spiritual, and physical violence. We call out and name this racist act and the pernicious system of white supremacy that led to the shooting on March 16.
We are grieving. We recognize that this shooting comes after months of attacks on Asian American people in many communities in our midst. We know that the pain of this shooting resonates far beyond the Atlanta community and is felt by many across our country and beyond. We state unequivocally that this violence is wholly inconsistent with the teachings of all our diverse faiths and stand united in offering our deepest sympathy and prayers to those direct and indirect victims.
We are committed. We will continue to stand for justice, love, and equity, as our traditions teach us. We stand against white supremacy, racism, and violence. Our prophets and leaders stood on the side of marginalized and attacked communities in their time, and we seek to follow their example in our daily lives.
With our broken hearts, we stand:
The Arlington Interfaith Network Steering Committee
On behalf of the Arlington Interfaith Network
The Arlington Interfaith Network was established in June 2019 to bring together faith leaders of all faiths practiced in Arlington. Our mission is: The Arlington Interfaith Network convenes people of diverse faiths for the spiritual well-being and the common good of Arlington.
Following multiple semesters of modified instruction due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Marymount University is pleased to announce its plans to reinstate a fully in-person academic delivery model starting in August for the upcoming fall semester, along with a return to a more “normal” college experience for students in regards to resident life, athletics, campus activities and more.
This announcement takes place during a time of extended success mitigating the spread of the virus among Marymount community members. There have been zero active cases on campus dating back to February 17, and the total University positivity rate over the course of the spring semester is currently less than one percent.
For both the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters, Marymount has operated through a hybrid model that has allowed students to learn and live on campus, with remote course delivery options also utilized to achieve a safe and optimal learning environment. No positive COVID-19 cases at Marymount have been traced back to classroom settings, and there have been no disruptions to University operations from any COVID-related impacts. Recently, student athletes resumed competition with other colleges and universities as well.
With continued adherence to health and safety protocols and expected progress in the vaccination of faculty, staff and students during the next few months, University officials are confident for what lies ahead.
“It’s been about exactly one year since Marymount responded with urgency to the escalating crisis that the COVID-19 pandemic was creating around the world last March,” reflected President Irma Becerra in her letter to the Marymount University community on Wednesday morning. “Since those times, we have done everything possible to keep our students and employees safe while still offering our Saints an interactive and high-quality educational experience. Reaching this point where we can make a full return to in-person learning and living is thanks to our community members as a whole, who have all played a part in our collective success.”
As part of Marymount’s “Saints Reunite” Return to Campus Plan, which was rolled out in preparation for the Fall 2020 semester, strict social distancing and face covering rules were implemented, while physical spaces such as residential living areas and classrooms were restructured to accommodate for physical distancing guidelines. Marymount’s COVID-19 mitigation efforts also emphasized rapid testing and proactive contact tracing in order to stem the spread and isolate any clusters of cases that could appear.
These guidelines, like the hybrid academic model, continued into the Spring 2021 semester. In January, all student residents, student athletes, commuters registered for in-person classes, faculty who teach in-person classes and identified staff members were tested for COVID-19 prior to the start of classes. In addition, Marymount recently joined other DC-area universities in the rollout of an innovative saliva-based COVID-19 testing system, Shield T3, with a mobile laboratory located at Gallaudet University. Marymount is currently processing about 5,000 tests per week through the Shield T3 lab to monitor student athletes and conduct enhanced surveillance testing for asymptomatic community members across the University.
Marymount is also working on a campus plan for vaccination for when it becomes available to colleges and universities. In the Commonwealth of Virginia, essential workers at higher education institutions are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines in Phase 1C.
“The pandemic has demanded so much from our faculty, students and staff as we’ve adapted to the circumstances and offered multiple modes of learning, and everyone has risen to the challenge,” explained Dr. Hesham El-Rewini, Provost at Marymount University. “What we’ve gone through during the past year has been unprecedented in higher education, and it will make us better educators as we take the lessons we’ve learned throughout this process to improve how we fulfill our mission at Marymount in the future.”
“After last spring and the beginning of the pandemic, it was so rewarding for us to have our students come back to campus this past fall and see our campus regain its vibrancy and activity,” added Dr. William Bisset, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs at Marymount University. “We’re looking forward to providing even more of our Saints the traditional college experience that they have missed for so long during the formative years of their lives.”
Many of the health and safety protocols that have been in place since last year will likely remain in effect for Fall 2021, and will be based on guidance received from health agencies and governments at the county, state and federal levels. Students with unique circumstances may be allowed to opt out of fully in-person instruction and participate in either a hybrid or remote format this fall. More details will be announced at a later date.
Today, Penzance, a leading owner, operator, and developer in the Washington, DC metropolitan region, announced the start of leasing and the opening of their interactive leasing center for Aubrey, the first luxury apartment tower to deliver at The Highlands, a dynamic mixed-use development project along the Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor. The developer shared a first look at some of the luxury finishes and features that future residents can look forward to enjoying in their new homes; images can be found here.
“We’re excited to share a first look at the amazing homes Aubrey has to offer in a space in which people can safely and comfortably secure their next home,” said John Kusturiss, Senior Vice President of Development and construction for Penzance. “Having the ability to connect with your new community is vital. Rosslyn is Northern Virginia’s most exciting and interactive neighborhood, so we want potential residents to experience that energy first hand.”
Aubrey stands at 23 stories tall with 331 sizable units ranging from one- to three-bedrooms. Each unit has scenic citywide views of Rosslyn and DC’s monuments with certain apartments featuring sculptural balconies. All apartment homes feature chef-style kitchens, state-of-the-art appliances, luxury finishes, and flexible spaces to fit every resident’s needs. Penthouses and loft apartments will boast upgraded features like waterfall kitchen islands, wrap-around balconies, heated tile bathroom floors, and more.
The rooftop amenities at Aubrey include a penthouse-level pool and sun deck, as well as an indoor craft beer lounge and tailgate lounge with billiards to gather with friends. Other amenities play to a wide range of interests, from an exhibition kitchen for creating memorable meals, a dedicated coworking hall for those continuing to work from home, and a winery-inspired clubroom to unwind with friends. Aubrey also features a 24-hr concierge, garage parking, onsite storage, and ground-floor retail including a CVS Pharmacy.
The leasing center is located at 1600 Wilson Blvd, directly across the street from the development, helping potential residents experience the exciting Rosslyn neighborhood. The leasing center for Aubrey is offering in-person appointments, as well as virtual leasing with rendering virtual tours for each amenity space and several model homes.
Rosslyn’s lively community features dozens of restaurants and hundreds of businesses conveniently located across the Key Bridge from Georgetown. Situated on the blue, orange, and silver metro lines and easily accessed by several major highways, Rosslyn is one of Northern Virginia’s most accessible neighborhoods. In addition to The Highlands, Rosslyn will soon be home to other exciting tenants including Microsoft and an innovative new food hall.
Leasing for Aubrey begins March 1st with Evo following in mid-summer, both of which will be leased and managed by Greystar. Sales for Pierce are going on now, which are being handled by the Mayhood Company.
Colony Grill, Clarendon’s new family-friendly tavern, known for its gracious hospitality and famous “hot oil” bar-style pizzas, will serve a special corned beef & cabbage “Bar Pie” on St. Patrick’s Day. From Friday, March 12 through Wednesday, March 17, from 11:30 a.m. until closing, the restaurant will pay tribute to its Irish roots by offering its one-of-a-kind, thin-crust pizza topped with corned beef and cabbage. Colony Grill’s signature pizzas are priced at $9.95 with additional toppings priced at $1.75 each. The Corned Beef & Cabbage Pizza is priced at $13.45. In addition to the new location at 2800 Clarendon Boulevard, Colony Grill has multiple locations across Connecticut and New York. This pizza special offer applies to dine-in and carryout orders.
In 1935, Colony Grill opened in an Irish immigrant neighborhood in Stamford, Connecticut. Since then, Colony Grill has become famous for what is now its only menu offering: a one-of-a-kind, thin-crust pizza that is best served with its signature “hot oil” topping – a spicy, full-of-flavor, pepper-infused creation which can be ordered with any other combination of toppings. The original owners of Colony Grill were Irish American, but they employed Italian and Eastern European chefs throughout the Great Depression. These men proudly wanted bar patrons to try the pizza recipes of their homelands but needed a way to fit a pizza tray on Colony Grill’s narrow bar top. The solution: the “Bar Pie,” a thin crust pizza that is smaller in diameter than a traditional pizza with a thin layer of cheese and sauce so slices can be easily managed with one hand. The local Irish crowd – and anyone else who visited Colony Grill – seemingly could not get enough of this unique pizza. Eventually, across the decades, the hot oil bar pie became so popular that all the other Colony menu items faded away, as did the need for a grill. But the name Colony Grill remains as a link to their heritage. The restaurant has been named one of “56 Greatest Old-School Pizzeria’s in America” by The Daily Meal and one of the “Top 101 Pizzas in America” by TripAdvisor.
Late last week, Democrats on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology elected Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) to serve as Chair of the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics for the 117th Congress.
“I am humbled and honored to have been selected as the Chairman for the Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee,” said Beyer. “Over the last year, we witnessed some of the most impactful moments for U.S. space exploration in decades. As someone who has long supported NASA’s important work on earth sciences, I am also excited to advance a climate-driven agenda, working hand in hand with NASA’s new climate advisor and advancing research into cleaner modes of flight. I am eager to boldly go forward with this important work with my colleagues in the 117th Congress for an ambitious space and aeronautics agenda.”
Beyer has served on the Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee since taking office in 2015, where he has been a longtime advocate for NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Beyer serves as co-Chair of the Congressional Safe Climate Caucus, and was a vocal defender of NASA’s Earth Science Division following attacks by Science Committee Republicans early in the Trump Administration. Beyer also led the effort to protect funding for the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), now named the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope, in the face of proposed defunding by the Trump Administration, an effort which ultimately succeeded.
Beyer is the author of the Cleaner, Quieter Airplanes Act, legislation that would bolster NASA’s efforts to reduce emissions from the aviation industry while also reducing the impact of airplane noise in airport-adjacent communities. He loves nerding out on science and space policy, and has long supported missions to return to the moon and subsequently land Americans on Mars. He is a proponent of increasing representation of women and people of color in the space program, and once arranged a special screening of the film Hidden Figures for members of his community.