Dr. Emma Violand-Sánchez was a former Chair and member of the Arlington Public Schools Board from 2008 to 2016. Since 1998 Dr. Violand was an adjunct faculty at Georgetown University in the Linguistics Department. She retired in July 2007 as the Supervisor, English for Speakers of Other Languages/High Intensity Language Training (ESOL/HILT) Office, PK-12, Arlington Public Schools, Arlington, VA. She received her B.S. and M.S. from Radford University and her doctorate degree in education from the George Washington University. Dr. Violand has expertise in education policy, curriculum development, family involvement, multicultural education, language minority education, and learning styles. She has several publications on these topics.

Dr. Violand is an active community member and civic leader. For eight years she was a member of the Northern Virginia Community College Board, representing Arlington County. Dr. Violand is founder and President of the Board of Dream Project.She was responsible for initiating Project Family, the bilingual GED and various programs that benefit the Latino community. She received a senior scholar Fulbright Award as a consultant for the Educational Reform in Bolivia. She is also the recipient of the James Hunter III Human Rights Award, Mexican American Legal Defense Fund -Community Service Award,Recipient of the Virginia Community College System Award for College Board Exemplary Service, Notable Woman of Arlington,and American Association of University Fellow.On January 2017 she was named Washingtonian of the Year.