“Having represented Providence on the Board of Supervisors since 2004, I know well what this job entails and what complex challenges lie ahead in our district's future. Phil has not only the breadth of experience and leadership skills that are requisite for this job, but also the sound judgment and commitment to public service that uniquely qualify him for Providence Supervisor. He has my total confidence, and I'm proud to endorse him.”
- Supervisor Linda Smyth
Phil Niedzielski-Eichner has called Fairfax County home since 1988. From his early days coaching youth soccer and as a PTA leader; to his time on the Fairfax County School Board; to his current service on the Planning Commission; and through his time with the Obama Administration, Phil has spent the last 30 years serving his community. A graduate of John Carroll University, as well as Ohio State University, Phil holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Master of Public Administration, respectively. His graduate work focused on urban planning and governance.
Phil worked for local governments during the first decade of his career. In Columbus, Ohio he helped analyze, streamline and modernize the Public Works Department, which included water and wastewater treatment, waste management, street maintenance, traffic engineering, electricity generation and airport management.
After his time in Columbus, Phil served as the Personnel and Risk Management Director and, subsequently, the Economic Development Director for the City Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
Based on his body of work in Oak Ridge, Phil was recruited by the State of Texas to act as an advocate for a community that had been designated as a candidate for deep geological disposal of nuclear waste. Building on his experiences in Tennessee and Texas, Phil ultimately became a nationally recognized expert on the sociopolitical barriers and opportunities for finding a storage and disposal solution to spent nuclear fuel and defense high-level nuclear waste.
In recognition of his nuclear and environment expertise, Phil was tapped by President Clinton in 1998 to lead the crafting of a national strategy for managing defense nuclear materials. Phil was later invited to help President Obama in 2008 achieve a rapid transition into governing the U.S. Department of Energy, later serving in senior national security positions within that agency. Phil eventually ended his six-year tenure in the Obama Administration as Chief of Staff to the Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Phil maintains a public policy and governance consulting practice through Governmental Dynamics, Inc., the firm he founded as a “public benefit corporation,” which, while organized for profit, also has the purpose of creating a general public benefit.
Phil previously served two terms on the Fairfax County School Board, representing Providence District, including one as Chair. Currently, Phil serves as Providence District’s representative to the Planning Commission. Additionally, Phil has served as an at-large member of the Park Authority Board, a district representative to the Environmental Quality Advisory Council, and as the chairman of the Use of Force Subcommittee of the Board-appointed Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission.
He was honored in 2017 by being named the Providence District’s “Lord Fairfax” for his civic and community service.
Phil has two daughters who are products of Fairfax County Public Schools, having attended Greenbrier West Elementary and Rocky Run Middle Schools, and having graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. Both are now practicing attorneys. Phil and his wife Chris have three grandchildren.
The N-Es combined and hyphenated their last names when they married 44 years ago so that the Niedzielski family name would be carried on as an honor to her father, a first generation son of Polish immigrants. They also believed it best symbolized their loving partnership.
Phil grew up in Columbus, Ohio, with an older brother and sister and two younger sisters. His parents were both dedicated elementary school teachers. His mom also became a well-loved school principal.