October 2, 2023 

Fairfax City, VA – On September 26, 2023, the City Council appointed Patrick P. Soleymani, MBA, JD, as Commissioner-designee of the Economic Development Authority with a four-year term commencing on October 15, 2023.  The City Council also reappointed Commissioners Dawn McGruder (Treasurer) and Kathleen Paley, Esq. (Vice Chair) each to an additional four-year term, effective immediately. 

“I am extremely grateful to the Mayor and City Council for these appointments to the EDA,” said Christopher Bruno, Director of Economic Development and CEO of Fairfax City Economic Development.  “Each one of these individuals will continue to help us grow our economic portfolio in real and meaningful ways while expanding our strategic partnerships and advancing the goals of our recently completed strategic work-plan.” 


Fairfax City Economic Development is a collaboration between the Fairfax City Economic Development Office and the Fairfax City Economic Development Authority, an independent agency administered by a commission appointed by the City Council to promote economic development activity within Fairfax. Fairfax City Economic Development helps attract businesses to the city, encourages and develops programs that foster connections between businesses, residents, and visitors of Fairfax, and spearheads innovative programs and strategies devoted to positioning Fairfax City as an ideal location to start, grow, and scale a business. It is a founding member of the Northern Virginia Economic Development Alliance. Learn more at 

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