Tysons Partnership Selects New President

David Diaz, 10-year leader of Downtown Raleigh Alliance, will assume new his position next month.


Tysons, VirginiaFebruary 2, 2017 – Tysons Partnership today announced the selection of David Diaz as the organization’s new President and Executive Director. Diaz, who is currently the President and CEO of Downtown Raleigh Alliance, will assume his new position on March 27.

“We are excited to welcome David and his family to Fairfax County and to our Tysons Partnership,” declared Tysons Partnership Chair Gregory Riegle. “Our board chose David following an extensive search that yielded many outstanding candidates,” Mr. Riegle said. “He brings to our Partnership deep experience in planning and development and also a track record of consensus building. Founded a little over five years ago, the Partnership is positioned to leave a deep and lasting mark on the evolution of Tysons as America’s Next Great City.” Summing up, Riegle added, “We are confident that David’s expertise and enthusiasm will benefit all our diverse stakeholders.”

Diaz has led the Downtown Raleigh Alliance for nearly 10 years, during which he helped usher a historic turnaround of Raleigh’s downtown. The Alliance received several awards and distinctions under Diaz’s leadership, including the International Downtown Association’s prestigious Pinnacle Award.

Prior to Downtown Raleigh Alliance, Diaz served as Executive Director of Downtown Roanoke, Inc. after working as a city planner in Roanoke, Virginia. He holds certifications from Wharton School of Business, Harvard Business School and Cornell University in addition to a Bachelor’s Degree from Virginia Tech.

In addition to his leadership and experience in urban and economic development, Diaz is a retired Captain in the United States Army where he performed 20 years of honorable service, including six years on active duty. He was awarded the Bronze Star in 2006 for his service in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

According to David, “I was overwhelmed by the commitment and the horsepower of the Tysons Partnership board. The potential for the Tysons area seems limitless. Tysons can become the national model for excellence in urban transformation. I look forward to working closely with our board, our staff, and our government partners in Fairfax County.”

Diaz succeeds Michael Caplin, who retired earlier this year. The Partnership leadership role is currently occupied by Sol Glasner, who will continue to serve as Acting President through the transition.

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About Tysons Partnership


Tysons Partnership is a dynamic collaborative of Tysons stakeholders working together to accelerate the transformation of Tysons, Virginia into a great American city. We are a convener, a voice and a catalyst for the people who live here, work here, and do business here. We represent the uniqueness of Tysons and we provide a context in which new ideas and community thrive.

The Partnership is governed by a 47-member Board of Directors including key business, community and government stakeholders. The Partnership’s full network consists of over 100 member organizations. For more information, including our full membership roster, please visit: www.tysonspartnership.org.