Rob Jackson, longest serving president of the McLean Citizens Association, was honored Tuesday by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.
Jackson was named Lord of the Dranesville District for his outstanding service to McLean.
The tradition of honoring Lords and Ladies Fairfax began in 1984 as a way to recognize exceptional citizens of Fairfax County, a county announcement said. Each year, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors selects two people from each district who have demonstrated superior volunteer service, heroism, or other special accomplishments to receive the award.
Dranesville Supervisor named Jackson and Jackie Taylor, who is serving her fourth term as President of the Great Falls Citizens Association, as the Lord and Lady from Dranesville District.
"This is a great honor and a humbling experience for me," Jackson said of his award.
"I would like to thank Supervisor John Foust for naming me 2012 Lord Fairfax for the Dranesville District; the entire Board of Supervisors for recognizing me; my family for supporting me; and Celebrate Fairfax for sponsoring these awards. Also, I thank Congressman Gerry Connolly for inserting recognition of the 2012 Lord and Lady Fairfax winners into the Congressional Record," he said.
Jackson's citation read: "Rob Jackson served as president of the McLean Citizens Association from 2007-2012 and as secretary of the Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce. He also represents the McLean community on the board of the Tysons Partnership, which is coordinating with Fairfax County on the redevelopment of Tysons.
"As MCA president, he ensured the incorporation of community input to the revised Comprehensive Plan for Tysons.
"Mr. Jackson has been active on a number of other issues, including battling the City of Falls Church’s water rate hikes; improving communication with VDOT, MWAA and their contractors for the HOT Lanes and Dulles Rail Projects; working with county staff, planning commissioners, school board members, supervisors, state legislators, and members of Congress on numerous projects; and presenting the MCA’s views to local and national media. He has lived in McLean since 1987."
The Lords and Ladies were honored at a special dinner hosted by Great American Restaurants, Celebrate Fairfax, Inc.
Wednesday night Jackson was honored with a plaque from his MCA colleagues. Jackson stepped down as MCA president last month handing the gavel to vice president Sally Horn.
The McLean Citizens Association consists of nearly 35 representatives from homeowners associations in the McLean area and at-large members. It's an unofficial town council.
Jackson is a telecommunications and technology attorney and has an Of Counsel relationship with the Tysons Corner law firm of Marashlian & Donahue LLC.
But he can't leave citizens associations. He's move on to become vice president of the Fairfax Federation of Citizens Associations.