With its charming shops, great dining and family-friendly events, it’s easy to fall in love with Leesburg, Virginia. Except for a few modern necessities (think traffic lights and street lamps) the town looks much as it has for decades. Step inside any of the store fronts, however, and you’ll find that this is a thoroughly modern town. Leesburg is home to world-renowned chefs, talented musicians and artists, and of course some of the best shopping around.
Cerphe talks with Leesburg’s Mayor, Kristen Umstattd about her town being listed as the one of best places in America to live (Money Magazine) and do business (Forbes) and her passion for Leesburg’s history and its future.
About Mayor Umstattd
Kristen C. Umstattd was first elected to the Leesburg Town Council in 1992. She was named Vice Mayor in 2000 and was first elected Mayor in 2002. She graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University with a B.A. in Russian and East European Studies. She holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and a Certificate in Chinese Studies from Cheng-chi University in Taiwan. Mayor Umstattd is the Council’s liaison to the Leesburg Planning Commission. In addition, she has served on the boards of the following statewide and regional organizations:
- Past President, Virginia Association of Planning District Commissions
- Past Chair, Northern Virginia Regional Commission
- Northern Virginia Transportation Authority
- Northern Virginia Transportation Coordinating Council
- Dulles Area Transportation Association
- Towns’ Association of Northern Virginia
- Coalition of Loudoun Towns Advisory Committee
- Loudoun Hospital Executive Council
- Journey Through Hallowed Ground
Mayor Umstattd is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She moved to Virginia in 1981, while on active duty as a lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve. After working as a naval analyst with the Central Intelligence Agency, she and her husband, Charles K. Moss, moved to Leesburg in 1987 and have been practicing law together ever since. Their daughter, Kendrick, is a student in the Loudoun County Public Schools.