Grace Wolf Cunningham, a resident of Herndon since 1999, is serving her fourth term on the Herndon Town Council. She is the first Korean American woman elected to office in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
During her prior terms on the Town Council, Cunningham chaired the town’s Economic Development Task Force, which provided recommendations for growing the town’s commercial base; served as the past representative to the Committee for Dulles; and currently represents the town as a member of the Fairfax County Economic Advisory Commission and the Fairfax County Economic Advisory Commission Subcommittee. She is a Certified Local Government Official, as designated by VML’s Virginia Elected Officials Leadership Academy.
She has served the Herndon community as president and board member of the Council for the Arts of Herndon (CAH) and receive its Platinum Achievement Award in 2014; as a member of the Herndon Festival Committee; and as a member of the Asian Business Committee of the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce.
In 2006, she was the recipient of the Town of Herndon’s prestigious Distinguished Service Award, recognizing her commitment to volunteerism in the town. She was a member of the Leadership Fairfax Class of 2007. She has received the Volunteer Fairfax Benchmark Service Award annually from 2007 – 2014, and in 2018, she received their Benchmark 250 Award. In 2012 she received the Public Service Award from the Asian American Chamber of Commerce. In 2013, Cunningham was recognized as one of “The Influential Women of Virginia” by Virginia Lawyers Media, an award that recognizes the outstanding efforts of women in all fields, including law, business, health care and education.
In 2014, Cunningham was appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe as a commissioner to the Virginia Commission for the Arts. She previously served on the Board of Directors for the Arts Council of Fairfax as well as the Fairfax County Park Authority. She is an active member of the regional AAPI community and is one of the founding members of the Jade Philanthropy Society, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to encourage and facilitate local philanthropy by Asian Americans in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
Cunningham currently works in philanthropy with the National Wildlife Federation. Recently a small business owner, she has also held positions in finance and accounting at IBM Consulting, Deloitte and Touche Management Consulting, Dun & Bradstreet and Bankers Trust. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and an MBA in Finance and Strategy, both from Cornell University. She lives in Herndon with her husband and family.
Professional & Community Experience
Commissioner, Virginia Commission for the Arts
Executive Assistant, VP Philanthropy for The National Wildlife Federation
Board Member, Fairfax County Park Authority Board
Board Member, Committee for Dulles
Member, Fairfax County Economic Advisory Commission
President, Clay Café Studios of Chantilly, Inc
President, Ohana Health Inc, Herndon, VA
Consultant, IBM Consulting Group, Sleepy Hollow, NY
Managing Consultant, Deloitte & Touche Management Consulting, Stamford, CT
Finance Management Associate, Dun & Bradstreet Corporation, New York, NY