Welcome to the Donaldson Run Civic Association web site!

This site has been created to provide information about DRCA to our neighbors.  Located in Arlington, Virginia, the boundaries of the Donaldson Run Neighborhood can be seen on this map

DRCA is an active civic association that is engaged in community affairs. The organization is administered by elected volunteers.  DRCA is not affiliated with any political or religious organizations. Our goals are to:

  • Promote information sharing about issues affecting the neighborhood

  • Provide leadership and advocacy about neighborhood interests

  • Preserve and enhance the assets of the neighborhood

  • Promote a sense of community

Membership:  If you live in the neighborhood, you can become a member of DRCA by paying dues which are $15 annually.  The membership application can be found here.

DRCA Email List:

  If you live in the neighborhood and want to be kept up to date on the news, sign up for DRCA's Community Bulletin Board (CBB) here.

Due to covid-19, there is no DRCA meeting scheduled at this time.


NEWS-June 24, 2020

To keep abreast of DRCA news during the pandemic, sign up for the DRCA email list here.

NEWS-February 2, 2020

Read DRCA's recent letter to County Board about zoning ordinance issue (large tall houses, lot coverage, loss of trees etc.) here.


President's Letter

January 2020

Bill Richardson

Please join us at the next DRCA meeting on Wednesday, February 5.  We will be returning to our usual venue, Taylor School, with our traditional social half-hour at 7 p.m., and our meeting to follow at 7:30. 

Note that in the event of inclement weather, DRCA follows the cancellation policies of the Arlington Public Schools. 


We are looking forward to hearing from our principal speaker, Dr. Irma Becerra, who has been serving as President at Marymount University since July 2018.  Dr. Becerra has adopted a new strategic plan for Marymount through 2024.  We have invited her to address Marymount’s current expansion plans, availability of Marymount programs and facilities to residents of events of general interest, the Marymount Farmers’ Market, the university’s views on the County’s future use of its 26th Street/Old Dominion property adjacent to Marymount, how DRCA members can be good neighbors to the university, and any other topics of interest to the university.


Dr. Becerra received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Miami, and her Ph. D. from Florida International University (FIU), in electrical engineering.  She previously served as Provost and Chief Academic Officer at St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, and also spent three decades at FIU in a variety of positions that include Vice President, Vice Provost, Entrepreneurship Center Director and tenured professor in Management Information Systems.  She founded FIU’s Knowledge Management Lab and led major projects as principal investigator at the National Science Foundation, NASA (Headquarters, Kennedy, Ames and Goddard Space Flight Centers) and the Air Force Research Lab.


We will also receive an update from County staff on the final redesign and construction schedule for the stream restoration work on Tributary B of the Donaldson Run Stream, which DRCA approved in 2005 as one of its projects in the County’s Neighborhood Conservation Program. 


We look forward to seeing you on February 5 and wish you all the best for 2020.  If there are topics or other ideas you have for how DRCA can be more useful to you, please let me know. 

Bill Richardson






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