Roberta (Bobbi) Longworth is the Executive Director of the Fairfax County Park Foundation. She leads a team of dedicated professionals and collaborates with the Board of Directors to support the Park Authority by raising private funds, obtaining grants and creating partnerships. During her tenure at the Park Foundation, annual giving has increased by more than 150%, which has helped to bridge the gap between public funding and Fairfax County’s needs for park land, facilities and outreach services.
Before joining the Park Foundation in 2010, Bobbi led the Fairfax Library Foundation where annual revenue grew fivefold over a decade. Donations helped to expand childhood literacy outreach, increase library collections, and create academic tutoring programs throughout Virginia’s largest library system.
Her non-profit management career began as Director of Fundraising with the United Way of the National Capital Area, and she has previously held private sector positions in financial accounting and corporate tax compliance at a $6 billion Fortune 500 company.
Bobbi is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and is Blackbaud certified in Raiser's Edge. She is a Washington DC Metro Area chapter member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Bobbi also holds memberships with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and the National Capital Gift Planning Council (NCGPC).
Her prior civic involvement includes chairing the Northern Virginia Leadership Awards Gala auction committee; volunteering at the American Red Cross Fire & Ice Ball; serving as a board director and gala coordinator of the Shelley A. Marshall Foundation; and acting as D.C. Area ambassador for Operation Interdependence.
Bobbi holds a Graduate Certificate in Local Government Management from Virginia Tech’s Center for Public Administration and Policy and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Widener University. Various professional studies include distance learning at the Wharton School of Business.
Bobbi was honored by the National Capital Gift Planning Council as the 2018 Jim Potter Memorial scholar for development of the FCPF Legacy Circle. In 2014, Park Foundation support helped secure the National Recreation & Park Association (NRPA) Excellence in Inclusion Award for the Park Authority’s recreational and leisure opportunities for people of all abilities. The Partners in Preservation online social media campaign that raised $75,000 to renovate Colvin Run Mill was recognized in 2013 with a NRPA Kudos Marketing Award and FCPA Trailblazer Team of the Year. Under Bobbi’s leadership, NRPA honored the Park Foundation with the 2011 National Corporate Humanitarian Award.
Bobbi’s primary professional interest is to support the One Fairfax social equity policy throughout Fairfax County’s award-winning park system to ensure that all county citizens have opportunity to attain a high quality of life.