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Posted on: April 24, 2017

Glenda Blake is New Director of Loudoun Department of Family Services

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Loudoun County Administrator Tim Hemstreet announces the appointment of Glenda Blake as the new director of the Loudoun County Department of Family Services. Blake was selected after a nationwide search and will begin her service in Loudoun County on May 4, 2017. Blake will replace Ellen Grunewald, who retired in 2016.

“I am pleased to welcome Ms. Blake to Loudoun,” said Hemstreet. “She is a proven leader and innovator. I believe her broad experience in the field of human services will be a great asset to the Loudoun County government and the community at large.”

As the Family Services Director, Blake will oversee a department that administers a wide variety of programs and services that assist Loudoun’s children, families, persons with disabilities and older adults with basic needs. The department also administers programs that protect children and vulnerable adults from abuse, neglect and exploitation; seek to improve family stability; and help families achieve safe and affordable housing and increase self-sufficiency.

Blake comes to Loudoun from Arlington County, Virginia where she most recently was the Aging & Disability Services Division Chief in the Department of Human Services. Blake oversaw the administration of programs and services designed to help older Arlingtonians live independently with dignity in the community while remaining engaged in community life. Blake was instrumental in opening an innovative 52-unit assisted living residence for individuals with disabilities and those with serious mental health needs, management of a geriatric mental health program, establishing a welcoming customer service center for older residents and increasing service excellence and visibility for multiple program areas. She also designed creative community engagement forums, established partnerships with long-term care communities, neighborhood groups and nonprofits and developed internal systems and quality assurance programs to enhance and evaluate the effectiveness of service delivery. 

Prior to her appointment as Aging & Disability Services Division Chief, Blake served as Assistant to the Director of Arlington’s Department of Human Services. Her previous human services work experience includes management and direct practice positions in the Fairfax County Department of Family Services Child Abuse and Prevention Service area, program director for the Rock Creek Foundation, senior social worker at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital Burn and Trauma Unit and program coordinator with the Albermarle County Home Care Agency Hospice Program. 

Blake earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Norfolk State University, a master’s of science in social work from Columbia University in New York and a master’s in public administration from Virginia Tech. 

More information about the Loudoun County Department of Family Services is online at www.loudoun.gov/familyservices.

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