Civic & Industry Engagement

Civic Engagement

Since beginning in Alexandria, Virginia in 1956, Goodwin House Incorporated has actively contributed to the local cities and counties where we honor, uplift and serve older adults and those that serve them. We are deeply thankful for the government partners and professionals that serve our residential communities, and the civic organizations with whom we collaborate that share our passion for creating the conditions for older adults to thrive.

The GHI Board of Trustees and its Community Accountability Committee (comprised of Board Trustees, Foundation Directors and residents) review the commitment annually. The plan focuses on six activity areas relating to our charitable purpose and mission:

  • Charitable care
  • Spirituality and aging
  • Seniors and the creative arts
  • Supporting successful aging and other senior not-for-profit organizations
  • Being a good neighbor and supporting local communities
  • Leadership development and deepening the capacity of those who serve seniors

Government Organizations:

  • City of Alexandria Commission on Aging
  • Arlington County Commission on Aging City of Falls Church
  • Fairfax County Commission on Aging
  • Fairfax County Long Term Care Coordinating Council
  • Alexandria City Affordable Housing Advisory Committee
  • Northern Virginia Aging Network (NVAN)

Civic Organizations: 

  • American Red Cross
  • Culmore Clinic
  • Senior Services of Alexandria
  • Lazarus Ministry
  • Alexandria Chamber of Commerce
  • Little Theater of Alexandria
  • Fairfax Symphony Orchestra
  • Alexandria Symphony Orchestra
  • Senior Services of Alexandria
  • At Home in Alexandria
  • Arlington Neighborhood Village
  • Lake Barcroft Village
  • Mount Vernon at Home
  • Marymount University
  • Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
  • GrandInvolve
  • Carpenters’ Shelter
  • ALexandrians In Volved Ecumenically (ALIVE!)
  • Northern Virginia Community College

Industry Engagement


GHI has membership in this national association of 6,000 not-for-profit organizations dedicated to making America a better place to grow old by advancing policies, conducting research and promoting practices that support, enable and empower people to live fully as they age. GHI has signed the LeadingAge Quality First Covenant – a commitment to create an environment that inspires consumer confidence in the quality of the care and services they receive. Many current GHI senior executives participate in LeadingAge, serve on numerous LeadingAge Committees and are asked to present and speak at LeadingAge events and conferences.

LeadingAge Virginia

GHI is an active leader in LeadingAge Virginia (formerly VANHA), a statewide organization of not-for-profit retirement housing facilities, adult care residences, nursing homes and continuing care retirement communities sponsored by a variety of religious, fraternal, public and private organizations and dedicated to providing quality care and services to the elderly. Many current GHI senior leaders are active in LeadingAge Virginia, and some serve on numerous committees:

  • Andy Siegel, Vice President of Business Development, serves on the Mid-Market Cabinet
  • Jessica Peters, GHBC Administrator for Assisted Living and Memory Care, serves on the Dementia Cabinet

Local Engagement

GHI staff are active in organizations throughout Northern Virginia. Some of our executives hold board and committee roles:

  • Karen Skeens, Executive Director of Goodwin House at Home, serves on the Senior Services of Alexandria Board of Directors
  • Lindsay Hutter, Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer, serves on the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership Marketing & Communications Committee