Elizabeth A. Taraski, Ph.D., Commissioner
Dr. Taraski, a member of the Commission since June 8, 2017, and president and CEO of the Nansemond River Preservation Alliance in Suffolk, Virginia since 2010. Dr. Taraski previously served in senior fundraising management positions at Christopher Newport University, Old Dominion University and the University of Richmond. Before moving to Virginia in 1998, Dr. Taraski was Director, Administration and Industrial Relations, Multi-lifecycle Engineering Research Center, New Jersey Institute of Technology. Dr. Taraski is a Restoration Advisory Board member, Former Nansemond Ordnance Depot, Suffolk Business Women’s Club member and serves as treasurer of the Suffolk Rotary Club. 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 Term: First Term: 06/08/17 – 06/07/21
Serving the City of Suffolk and the Counties of Isle of Wight and Surry (excluding the Town of Claremont)