Dr. Emma Violand-Sánchez joined the School Board in January 2009 and served as Chair during the 2012-13 school year, Vice Chair in 2014-15, and is currently the Board Chair. She is the founder and Chair of the Dream Project, Inc., and founder and past president of the Board of Directors of Escuela Bolivia Inc. She is also a member of the Board of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Arlington Committee of 100, Donaldson Run Civic Association, American Association of University Women, Arlington Retired Teachers Association, National School Boards Association, Virginia School Boards Association, and National Association of Latino Elected Officials, and a former member of the Northern Virginia Community College Board. She was responsible for initiating Project Family, the bilingual GED and
various programs that benefit the community. She received a senior
scholar Fulbright Award as a consultant for the Educational Reform in
Bolivia. She is also the recipient of the James Hunter III Human Rights
Award, Mexican American Legal Defense Fund - Community Service Award,
Notable Woman of Arlington, American Association of University Fellow.