Seal of the Governor
For Immediate Release: May 22, 2018
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Ofirah Yheskel, | The College Board: Zach Goldberg, (212) 713-8052,

Governor Northam Announces 120 New Jobs in Fairfax County

The College Board to expand, will retain more than 600 existing jobs

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that The College Board, a non-profit organization formed in 1900 to broaden access to higher education, will grow its operation in Fairfax County, expanding into an additional 74,000 square feet in Reston Town Center. Virginia successfully competed against Washington, D.C. for the project, which will retain 614 existing jobs and create 120 new jobs.

“Fairfax County continues to attract sought-after talent that enables businesses to thrive, and we are proud that this vital not-for-profit organization chose to reinvest in the Commonwealth, retaining more than 600 jobs and creating new, 21st-century jobs,” said Governor Northam. “We look forward to strengthening Virginia’s partnership with The College Board in its next phase of growth.”

The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that clears a path for all students to own their future and be propelled to college and career success. The College Board’s membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, The College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success—including the SAT and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators, and schools.

“The College Board’s decision to expand in Fairfax County is an important win for the Commonwealth, and I am confident this organization will continue to thrive in Northern Virginia,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball. “With close proximity to major East Coast metro areas and the country’s top colleges and universities, The College Board will continue to benefit from the region’s high-caliber pipeline of talent that helps promote its important objectives.”

“Fairfax County has been a great home for The College Board,” said Jeremy Singer, Chief Operating Officer at The College Board. “Our team in Reston will continue to play a critical role in our efforts to a clear a path for students in Virginia and across the country to own their futures.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority to secure the project for Virginia. Governor Northam approved a $750,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist the County with the project.

“The College Board is one of the best-known examples of more than 270 industry and trade associations that have a presence in Fairfax County and benefit from a highly educated workforce and location close to Washington, D.C.,” said Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., President and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority. “I am proud to see this organization, which has a critical role in our nation’s higher education system, grow here and take advantage of the brainpower and other assets that draw associations here.”  

“I’m delighted with the Governor’s announcement that The College Board is expanding in Reston Town Center, the heart of my district,” said Senator Janet Howell. “Students from Fairfax County and all over the country benefit from the work and the mission of this highly respected company.”

“The College Board is a wonderful corporate neighbor in Reston, and we welcome and are pleased with their expansion,” said Delegate Ken Plum. “The work they do benefits not just our community, but the country as well.”

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