Jamie Liban has served as the Executive Director of The Arc of Virginia since 2007. Jamie engages in public policy advocacy on behalf of The Arc with the Governor, Virginia General Assembly and various state and federal agencies. Her areas of responsibility include organizational management, strategic advancement, legislative advocacy, public policy analysis, legal advocacy and promoting best practices in I/DD services. Jamie is passionate about advancing the rights and full inclusion of all Virginians with intellectual and developmental disabilities and has dedicated the last decade to pursuit of the vision of A Life Like Yours.
Jamie’s advocacy has been instrumental in increasing opportunities for community integration, independence, and self-determination for Virginians with I/DD. Beginning in 2007, Jamie coordinated a campaign to promote Virginia’s transition to a community based system which culminated in the Commonwealth’s decision to close four of the five state-operated institutions for people with I/DD. Jamie played a critical role in providing stakeholder feedback to the Department of Justice during their investigation and litigation of U.S. v. Virginia, which resulted in a landmark, 10-year civil rights agreement receiving national attention. Jamie has also been active in the establishment of numerous coalitions which helped to advance civil right issues affecting Virginians with I/DD including the Virginia Alliance for Community, U.S. v. Virginia Stakeholder Coalition, and Coalition for Improving Student Safety.
During Jamie’s tenure as Executive Director, she and The Arc of Virginia received recognition at the state and national levels for advocacy on behalf of Virginians with I/DD. In 2012, the organization received The Arc of the United States’ “Advocacy Matters” Award for advocacy efforts related to the U.S. v Virginia settlement agreement. In 2012 Jamie was also the recipient of the Hope House Foundation Community Award, the Virginia Association of Personal Care Assistants’ Community Champion Award, and The Arc of Northern Virginia’s Rusty Garth Advocacy Award. In 2011, she was named one of Style Weekly’s “Top 40 Under 40” and in 2009, she was the recipient of the Collaborations Leadership Award presented by Virginia Association of Professionals in Supported Employment, Virginia Rehabilitation Association and vaACCSES.
Jamie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from James Madison University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from George Mason University. She also enjoys spending time with family, live music, laughter, and being near the water.