Northern Virginia Ethical Society

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Our Leader

Randy Best is the new Leader of the Northern Virginia Ethical Society.  Randy is the third Leader this Society has had in its 33-year history.


Randy previously was the Leader of the Ethical Humanist Society of the Triangle, located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where he served for eight years. Randy was certified as an Ethical Culture Leader in 2004. Randy has also worked with the Ethical Society of Austin and the Ethical Society of St. Louis, where he served as a Leader Intern. Randy has held various positions with the American Ethical Union, including four years as President of the National Leaders Council. In his non-Ethical Culture life, Randy has had extensive experience in administrative and financial management with Duke University, and the transit systems of Raleigh, North Carolina and New York City.


Randy is married to Sarah Howe and they have four grown children, as well as one very active grandchild.

Starting in September 2016, Randy will be present at two Sunday Platforms per month and will be available at other times as well.