I am thankful that we live in a great country that gives to us many freedoms, economic opportunities, and avenues to improve institutions and conditions peacefully. I am also thankful to live in the Commonwealth of Virginia and in Northern Virginia, where we have enjoyed economic growth and prosperity, competent governance, and a strong social fabric. Like many Northern Virginians, I see economic, social, and governance challenges, including reduced federal resources in our area, strong competition from other US and even international sources, and environmental pressures that could diminish our quality of life. There is no doubt that we can do even better to build a strong future. We can overcome the economic, educational, and environmental
Terry Modglin has lived in Northern Virginia for 40 years – almost all of his adult life. Modglin is the father of two and the grandfather of five.
He accepted a position with then-U.S. Representative Leonor Sullivan of Missouri and headed the staff of the Panama Canal Subcommittee for five years, including protecting U.S. interests in the turnover of the Canal to the Panamanian government. During that same period, he used his veteran’s education benefit to earn a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Urban Politics and Urban Finance. This work, coupled with his travels to Africa, Asia, Australia, South America, and Europe, has given him insights into the cultures and countries that the United States must deal with in today’s world.
Modglin went on to pioneer programs for public safety and crime prevention with the National Crime Prevention Council as Director of Municipal and Youth Programs. He now is the principal officer for Impact International, a policy and communications consulting firm.
He created and took to a national level the Teens, Crime and the Community program (including text, activities, teacher’s guide, and training), which enabled thousands of young people to make themselves safer and reduce crime in their schools and neighborhoods children. He co-founded the National Youth Crime Prevention Conference, which for more than 20 years brought hundreds of young people together from around the nation to learn and share prevention and safety strategies. Modglin next became executive director of Youth Crime Watch of America, which helps young people learn how to prevent and address crime in their schools. In that position, he strengthened the instructional materials, training regimen, and national access to the program and
He was awarded two Bronze Stars for service.
A scholarship to Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service brought him to the Nation’s Capital. He financed his degree by combining the scholarship with loans and part-time jobs.
After graduating from Georgetown, he served for four years in the U.S. Army, chiefly as an officer in the 173d Airborne Brigade (including 20 months in Vietnam) and the 101st Airborne Division.