When Kerrie Wilson was presented with The Commonwealth Institute’s Virginia Legacy Award in 2016, she was described as “a tireless advocate for positive change on issues that strengthen families and communities in Virginia.” With over 35 years’ experience in advocacy, policy development, and nonprofit leadership in the field of health and human services, and multiple awards recognizing her achievements, Kerrie holds fast to the vision of a community where all have equitable access to the resources they need to participate and prosper. As CEO of the Reston-based nonprofit Cornerstones and its affiliate, Cornerstones Housing Corporation, Kerrie has helped create that community through innovative and strategic partnerships, impactful programs, and successful advocacy for those whose voices needs to be heard.
Prior to joining Cornerstones in 2001, Kerrie’s career began at the American Cancer Society where she worked on issues related to cancer prevention and control in women, minorities and the medically underserved and eventually became the National Vice President for Government Relations.
Kerrie’s expertise has been sought out by many nonprofit boards and government task forces. Serving on the Meyer Foundation board of directors, she helped give shape to the foundation’s transformation as a leading voice for dismantling structural racism and building an equitable Washington, DC region. Kerrie is one of a small group of stakeholders from all sectors of the community charged with developing key strategies and an implementation plan for the groundbreaking “One Fairfax” resolution adopted by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and School Board in 2017. One Fairfax embraces “equity” as an overriding principle to advance opportunity for all residents of the county.
Kerrie is on the board of the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, is Vice President for Community and serves on the Executive Committee of the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the Nonprofit Advisory Council for the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce. She also serves on the board of directors of the Virginia Housing Alliance, and the Virginia Nonprofit Leadership Council.
In the high-cost-of-living greater Washington D.C. area, Kerrie has been a champion for affordable housing. She is co-chair of the Fairfax County’s Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC), which recently developed and delivered a Community-Wide Housing Strategic Plan to the Fairfax Board of Supervisors. AHAC recommends strategy for advancing affordable and workforce housing and provides oversight for a local housing trust fund used to preserve 2,400 units of affordable housing and provide long-term rental subsidies. She also played a key role on the Executive Committee of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness that has seen a 47% reduction in homelessness since 2008.
Cornerstones exists so that individuals and families in the Dulles corridor who are homeless, isolated or living in poverty can access resources that offer stability, empowerment and hope for healthy and connected lives. Cornerstones’ signature approach – working in purposeful and targeted partnerships – brings together people and strategies from multiple sectors to harness and target expertise and resources for greater community well-being.
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