The Spirit of Community Award, named in honor of the Foundation’s Founder and President Emeritus, the Honorable William T. Newman, Jr.,
was established to recognize individuals and/or organizations who have
demonstrated a tireless and unselfish commitment to improving the
quality of life in Arlington.
G. Milliken, an attorney born and raised in Arlington, has spent almost
his entire adult life working to make Arlington a community that values
people and provides opportunities for affordable housing, critical
transit alternatives, a responsible environmental focus, and community
dialogue on present issues and future improvements. He has had an
outsized impact on Arlington and our region and has served the community
and supported nonprofit causes using his expertise in various areas
such as transportation, housing, and government management. During his
tenure on the County Board, the Board moved into "high gear",
particularly in the area of preserving rental property that could be
affordable to Arlington County and Arlington Public School employees, as
well as other lower and middle income residents who were being priced
out of living in the community where they worked.
Mr. Milliken was involved in the entry of George Mason University in
Arlington, and has participated with nonprofit organizations such as the
Venable Foundation, the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing
(APAH), the Arlington Housing Corporation (AHC), the Arlington Community
Foundation and Community Residences among others. Mr. Milliken and his
work both as an elected/appointed official or a dedicated civic
activist, is described by colleagues and members of the community as
thorough, thoughtful, collaborative, creative, and comprehensive. He
exhibits a Spirit of Community, is knowledgeable, wants to learn more,
and is interested in solving problems to make Arlington a better
community for everyone.
G. Milliken will join an exemplary roster of past honorees including
John Andelin and Ginger Geoffrey, Anna Barber, Jean Berg, Elizabeth
Campbell, Preston Caruthers, Judy A. Connally, L. Karen Darner, Jennie
T. Davis, Rich Doud, Ralph Johnson, Johnathan C. Kinney, John T.
McCracken, Mary Ann Moran, H. Paul Mount, Joan Cooper, Mary Ann Nirschl,
Charles L. Overby, Lola C. Reinsch, Eric Schaeffer, Walter Tejada, Meg
Tuccillo, the Honorable George D. Varoutsos, and the Woman’s Club of
The Arlington Community Foundation is an independent charitable organization that actively promotes, protects and improves the quality of life for those who live or work in Arlington. The Foundation provides philanthropic leadership and raises capital for grants and scholarships to address community needs now and in the future.