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Ted Bilich has been appointed as chair of Leadership Arlington's Board of Regents, beginning his term on July 1. Bilich is a visiting professor of law at Georgetown University School of Law and completed the Leadership Arlington Signature Program in 2009.

At the bi-annual Convention of the Young Democrats of America, Atima Omara-Alwala was elected the first African-American and Virginian president of the Young Democrats of America. Omara-Alwala ran with a team representing California, Georgia, New York, Kansas, Oklahoma and Delaware for the organization’s leadership. In addition to being the first African American and Virginian, Omara-Alwala and the newly elected Executive Vice President, Honorable Erin Carlstrom of California represent the organization’s first female-led team. Omara-Alwala previously served as a Vice President, Mid-Atlantic Region Director, and Chairwoman of the Women’s Caucus for the organization. She hails from Chester, Va. and graduated from George Mason University, MPA, and the University of Virginia, BA. She lives in Arlington with her husband, Clay.