Janyce N. Hedetniemi is a longtime resident of Annandale, Virginia. She joined the Fairfax County Park Foundation board in 2013. Jan previously served Fairfax County Park Authority Board as an at-large member.
Ms. Hedetniemi is a consultant in community relations and constituency development. She is the founding director of the Office of Community Liaison at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She established the Office of Community Liaison in 1994 and retired from that position in 2002. During her tenure, she created a national model for federal/community collaboration. Her work is credited with successful conflict resolution between the NIH and its community on a variety of topics and challenging issues.
Prior to this position she served three institutes of the NIH in progressively responsible positions involving planning, evaluation, and development. She was instrumental in development of two major national biomedical research programs dealing with women’s health and breast cancer.
In January 2013, Jan was appointed by the Board of Supervisors to serve as an At-Large member on the Fairfax County Planning Commission.
Ms. Hedetniemi served on the Fairfax County Transportation Advisory Commission for nine years and was chair of the commission from 2008 to 2010. She was a member of the Tysons Land Use Task Force and vice-chair of the Task Force Steering Committee which helped formulate comprehensive plan language for Tysons. She served as chair for two years and represented the Braddock District on Fairfax County Bond Referendum Committees. She is also the At-Large representative to the Fairfax County Community Revitalization and Redevelopment Advisory Group. Jan is a graduate of Leadership Montgomery and Leadership Maryland programs.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Carnegie Mellon University where she majored in psychology and English literature and a Master of Science degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana where she majored in counseling and guidance.