The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce selects
Cathy Puskar as the 2022 Business Leader of the Year

The Chamber ALX is thrilled to announce Cathy Puskar as the 2022 Business Leader of the Year. She will be honored at the 2022 Best in Business Awards, presented by Burke & Herbert Bank, on October 27.
M. Catharine Puskar
Shareholder, Land Use & Zoning
Walsh, Colucci, Lubeley, & Walsh, P.C.
Cathy Puskar joined Walsh, Colucci, Lubeley, & Walsh in November 1998. Her practice focuses on land use and zoning matters in the City of Alexandria and Arlington County. With an in-depth knowledge of the law, process, politics, and people required to achieve her clients’ goals, Cathy has successfully represented a number of clients in obtaining the necessary entitlements for a variety of projects including major residential, commercial, and mixed-use developments.

Cathy represents major landowners with development approvals in significant planning areas throughout Alexandria, including North Potomac Yard, Potomac Yard/Potomac Greens, Beauregard, and Eisenhower East. In addition, Cathy has the distinction of having represented clients in the approval process for the majority of the Arlington County Columbia Pike Commercial Revitalization and Neighborhoods Form Based Code Projects that have been developed to date.
Some of her other notable development approvals include:
  • New headquarters of the American Physical Therapy Association in Potomac Yard
  • Mixed-use project at 2901 Eisenhower Avenue
  • Alexandria Memory Care Center
  • Expansion of Goodwin House
  • The Thornton
  • Hotel Monaco, the Morrison House and the Lorien
  • The Clayborne
In addition, Cathy currently serves on the board of the Alexandria Police Foundation and the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce’s Government Relations Committee. Her previous board involvement includes the Burke & Herbert Bank Advisory Board, the John Marshall Bank Advisory Board, Senior Services of Alexandria, the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria (2013 Chair,) Alexandria Economic Development Partnership, the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce (2009 Chair,) Healthy Families Alexandria, Alexandria Youth Policy Commission, and Communities in Schools of Northern Virginia. She has also served on the College of William & Mary’s Reunion Gift Committee and the City of Alexandria’s Walk to Fight Breast Cancer Development Committee. 

Cathy earned her Juris Doctorate and Bachelor’s degrees from The George Washington University and the College of William and Mary, respectively. She is a member of the Alexandria Bar Association, Arlington County Bar Association, Northern Virginia Building Industry Association, and the Urban Chapter of the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association.
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