The Volunteer Fairfax board of directors has named Steve Mutty as the nonprofit’s new chief executive.

“As Volunteer Fairfax approaches its forty-fifth anniversary, we are excited to have someone with Steve’s experience and vision leading this organization,” said Rick Garza, president of Volunteer Fairfax’s board.

“Steve has an extensive background in nonprofit work, as an executive, as a fundraiser and as a volunteer,” Garza said. “He is truly dedicated to helping others. He exemplifies the ideals of Volunteer Fairfax.”

Mutty recently served as executive director of the Alexandria (Va.) Seaport Foundation, a nonprofit that serves at-risk youth through adult mentoring and project-based learning.

Mutty’s broad volunteer experience includes serving as Chairman of the Board of Best Buddies Capital Region, an organization that supports young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and has served as a mentor for disabled young adults transitioning to independent living. He also sat on the fundraising event planning committees of Best Buddies International, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society-National Capital Area and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Real Estate Games.

Before working in the nonprofit sector, Mutty enjoyed a long career in commercial real estate, holding senior positions with several of the largest brokerage and advisory firms In the DC area. He has served on the boards of various public-private partnerships to promote business growth in the region and raised several million dollars in financial support and in-kind contributions to improve neighborhood playgrounds and recreation centers on behalf of the DC Building Industry Association.

Mutty and his wife raised their family in Fairfax County where he was on the boards of the Lake Braddock Secondary School crew club and the Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association. He was also Cubmaster for Pack 1100 in Springfield.

“I launched my career in Fairfax County”, said Mutty. “My kids grew up here and had an excellent K-12 education in Fairfax County Public Schools. This is an opportunity for me to reciprocally make a significant impact in the county by taking a leadership role in tapping the huge pool of volunteerism out there. As our region continues to grow and prosper, there is an ever-growing need to strengthen and improve our communities, which can’t be fully realized without matching volunteer talent and capacity to meaningful, impactful service opportunities.”

In addition to being the public face of Volunteer Fairfax, Mutty’s duties include managing an annual budget of 1.2 million dollars and overseeing a 14-person staff that is scheduled to move into its new headquarters in Fairfax City later this year. Mutty earned his bachelor’s degree in Management from Florida International University and has an Associate of Science degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales University.