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Reston Association has filled a new senior leadership team position. Garrett Skinner has been hired as Director of Capital Improvement Planning & Projects. He will begin work Monday, Jan. 9.
Skinner most recently held the position of Senior Project Manager and Office Leader at Atkins, a global design, engineering and project management consultancies firm with offices in Maryland and Virginia. He has a B.S. degree in Urban Geography from the University of Maryland and holds certifications in floodplain management and project management.
In November 2016, the RA Board of Directors approved a request from the CEO to hire a capital projects director in 2017. The new department, which will also include three current RA employees, will be charged with ensuring the association’s capital projects are done on time and within budget.
Skinner’s goals for the next 12-36 months include collaborating with the CEO and CFO to streamline proposal solicitation and contract review methods to establish a more efficient and effective procurement process. He will also be involved in, identify opportunities to use sustainable building materials during repair, maintenance and renovation projects, and planning stream restoration projects. Skinner will help to improve the quality and optimize the use of existing facilities for RA members.
"Garrett brings to the association the required project planning and management skills that have been lacking in an organization responsible for managing a portfolio of community assets worth over $45 million,” said RA CEO, Cate Fulkerson. “He understands the importance of community engagement and, more importantly, the need to present thorough, clear and concise information on project status and expenses."
Skinner joins a nine-person senior management team that oversees RA staff.