Vice Mayor Elizabeth Bennett-Parker was elected to the Alexandria City Council in November 2018 and is the youngest woman elected to Council in Alexandria’s history.
Born in Alexandria to two Naval officers, Elizabeth is dedicated to serving her community. She co-leads Together We Bake, a nonprofit job training and personal development program for women in need.
Elizabeth understands the pressures of being a small business owner. She is the founder of Fruitcycle, a business fighting the tragic paradox that, while one in six Americans experience food-insecurity on a daily basis, 40% of our food is thrown into landfills.
Before launching Fruitcycle, Elizabeth worked for the National Governors Association, where she served as governors' liaison to Congress, federal agencies, and the White House on issues related to transportation, economic development, and health.
She was selected as one of Alexandria’s 40 under 40 in 2017 and serves on the board of the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture. She has served on the Community Criminal Justice Board and the Commission on Employment, as well as the boards of Agenda:Alexandria and the United Way Regional Council for Alexandria. She is a graduate of Emerge Virginia and the Alexandria City Academy.
Elizabeth is a former Fulbright Fellow, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell University, and received a Master's from the University of London.
She lives in the Taylor Run neighborhood of Alexandria with her husband, Stephen.
Councilman Tim Lovain
“Elizabeth has shown management skills, a tireless work ethic, innovative vision and a strong dedication to the people of Alexandria, especially the most vulnerable members of our community. Her strengths will help Alexandria build a skilled workforce and ensure that all Alexandrians have the opportunity to build a great life for their families.” - Councilman Tim Lovain
Former Mayor Bill Euille
"Elizabeth's experience empowering women in need as a non-profit leader will allow her to do more to help Alexandrians with finite City resources. Elizabeth is a small business creator who balanced profitability with a social mission to positively impact lives and the environment, which will equip her to build partnerships on Council to address our City's most pressing problems. " - former Mayor Bill Euille
Former Mayor Kerry Donley
“Elizabeth is a true grassroots activist who takes the initiative to fix the problems she sees in her community. We need more Democrats like Elizabeth in local government – those with the right priorities who will create good public policy. She is the clear choice to keep Alexandria moving forward.” - former Mayor Kerry Donley
Priorities for Alexandria's Future
Elizabeth will work to ensure that:
Alexandria is a great place to live, work, and play
Alexandria City Public Schools work for every student
Alexandria is inclusive for all
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