Rachel O’Dwyer Flynn

Deputy County Executive, Fairfax County, VA

Rachel O’Dwyer Flynn was appointed as Deputy County Manager for Fairfax County, VA, on February 4, 2019. Prior to this appointment, Flynn served as director of design management, planning and entitlements at Google, and from 2016-18, she was the vice president of FivePoint Communities.

Previously, Flynn served as the director of the Department of Planning and Building for the City of Oakland, Calif. from 2013-16; the director of planning for Otak International in Abu Dhabi from 2011-12; the director for the Department of Community Development for the City of Richmond from 2006-11; and the director of the Department of Community Planning and Development for the City of Lynchburg from 1998-2006.

Flynn has led efforts to develop award-winning master plans and city-wide general plans throughout her career. She has been honored with numerous awards from civic and professional organizations for implementing successful and complex plans, progressive environmental initiatives and innovative GIS/technology programs. 

Flynn holds a bachelor’s in architecture and a master’s in engineering management from Catholic University and a master’s in public administration from Harvard University. She is a licensed architect and a member of the American Institute of Architects.  

Tuesday, October 1
3:00 pm - 4:15 pm • A Balancing Act —Collaboration and Competition for Economic Developmentstage
Join economic development leaders from the District, the City of  and Alexandria, and Arlington, Fairfax  and Montgomery Counties to learn about how local governments balance the need to come together to bring economic growth to the region as a whole, while also competing against each other for limited investment dollars.  The recent Amazon HQ2 site selection will be discussed, along with other case studies.