Individual Profile

Walter Tejada was born in El Salvador and  emmigrated with his parents to the United States at the age of 13. He grew up after entering in the U.S, learning the ways of life. Grasping and embracing the culture here, Tejada started taking advantage of the different opportunities that would come his way. After getting married, Tejada and his wife Robin settled down in the Hills neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia in 1992. His wife, won the Teacher of the Year Award both for Arlington County and Northern Virginia and is Arlington Public Schools educator.

Tejada studied Government and Communications at George Mason University and has worked as an civil rights investigator, a business consultant and a Congressional Aide. Tejada was the founding chairman of the Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations (VACOLAO), the founding president of both the American Salvadoran Association of Virginia and the Latino Democrats of Virginia, and was Virginia State Director of the League of United Latin American Citizens.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Council of La Raza.

Before joining the County Board, Tejada earned a reputation as a community activist spearheadinge the creation of the Shirlington Employment and Education Center, which worked to provide opportunities for workers.  At the county level, Tejada served on a number of citizen advisory groups, including the Fiscal Affairs Advisory Commission, the Affordable Housing Task Force, the Sports Commission, the Neighborhood Day Organizing Committee and the Bicentennial Celebration Task Force.

Tedaja who was the first Latino ever to be elected in the Arlington County was elected to the Board on March 11, 2003, in a special election. He served has Chairman of the Board in 2008 and Vice-Chairman in 2007 after he was re-elected. He continues today by serving Salvadorians and the entire Arlington community in every way he can.