The chief of staff in County Chairwoman Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large)’s district office, Jeanine Arnett, is leaving her post to take the reins at the largest black American women’s organization in the world.
Arnett will serve as executive director of Delta Sigma Theta Incorporated, a nonprofit Greek-lettered sorority with more than 300,000 members around the world. It is the second-largest organization representing black Americans in the country, behind the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
She said her tenure under Randall, the county’s first new chairwoman after 16 years under Scott K. York, has been marked by a tone of cooperation and mutual respect among district offices and county staff members, hearkening to Randall’s “disagree without being disagreeable” mantra.
“We’ve been really able to establish a wonderful tone and tenor of just mutual respect and cordial collaboration,” Arnett said. “We really approach projects and legislative initiatives from a team perspective, so I’m really grateful for the opportunity to have shaped the way that we currently operate.”
“Although she will be sorely missed in my office, and her departure is a loss for Loudoun County, I encouraged Jeanine to accept the position as I know she will be a remarkable asset to Delta,” Randall said. “This is an extraordinary opportunity for Jeanine to take her leadership skills to a national organization.”
Arnett’s resignation in Randall’s office takes effect July 24. Randall has not yet announced her replacement. Both Arnett and Randall are members of Delta Sigma Theta.