Glenda Blake has been hired as the new director of the Loudoun County Department of Family Services, replacing Ellen Grunewald, who retired in 2016.
“She is a proven leader and innovator,” County Administrator Tim Hemstreet said of Blake. “I believe her broad experience in the field of human services will be a great asset to the Loudoun County government and the community at large.”
Blake was selected after a nationwide search. As the Family Services Director, Blake will oversee a department that administers a variety of programs and services that assist Loudoun’s children, families, persons with disabilities and older adults with basic needs. The department also oversees programs that protect children and vulnerable adults from abuse, neglect and exploitation; seek to improve family stability; and help families achieve safe and affordable housing and increase self-sufficiency.
She comes to Loudoun from Arlington County, where she served as the Aging and Disability Services division chief. Blake oversaw the administration of programs and services designed to help older Arlingtonians live independently with dignity in the community while remaining engaged in community life. She was instrumental in opening an innovative 52-unit assisted living residence for individuals with disabilities and those with serious mental health needs, management of a geriatric mental health program, establishing a welcoming customer service center for older residents and increasing service excellence and visibility for multiple program areas. She also designed creative community engagement forums, established partnerships with long-term care communities, neighborhood groups and nonprofits and developed internal systems and quality assurance programs to enhance and evaluate the effectiveness of service delivery.
Prior to her appointment as the Aging and Disability Services division chief, Blake served as assistant to the director of Arlington’s Department of Human Services. Her previous human services work experience includes management and direct practice positions in the Fairfax County Department of Family Services Child Abuse and Prevention Service area, program director for the Rock Creek Foundation, senior social worker at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital Burn and Trauma Unit and program coordinator with the Albermarle County Home Care Agency Hospice Program.
Blake holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Norfolk State University, a master’s of science in social work from Columbia University in New York, and a master’s in public administration from Virginia Tech.
Hope Stonerook has been serving as acting director. Blake begins her new post May 4.
More information about the Loudoun County Department of Family Services is online at loudoun.gov/familyservices.