Elizabeth A. Taraski, Ph.D., Commissioner
Dr. Taraski, a member of the Commission since June 8, 2017, is the president and CEO of the Nansemond River Preservation Alliance in Suffolk, Virginia. Dr. Taraski also serves as Chair, Restoration Advisory Board, Former Nansemond Ordnance Depot and Vice President of the Suffolk Rotary Club. Dr. Taraski previously served in senior management positions at Christopher Newport University and the University of Richmond. Before moving to Virginia in 1988, Dr. Taraski was Director, Administration and Industrial Relations, Multi-lifecycle Engineering Research Center, New Jersey Institute of Technology. She holds a Ph.D. from Seton Hall University; a Master of Science degree from New York University, a Master of Education degree from Rutgers University and completed her doctoral internship at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, NYC. Dr. Taraski resides in the City of Suffolk.
First Full Term: 06/08/2017 - 06/07/2021
Second Full Term: 06/08/2021 – 06/07/2025
Executive Search Committee Member: 2021 to present