CPRO is proud to welcome two community leaders to its Board of Directors: John Murphy, founder, and president of Washington Workplace, and Karen Rosales, President, and CEO of the Arlington Community Federal Credit Union (ACFCU).

“These two Arlington residents have a depth of experience and talent, as well as deep commitment to Columbia Pike, that will help take us to a new level,” said CPRO president John Snyder.

John Murphy returns to CPRO after having previously served on its board from 2009 to 2016, with a stint as board president (2014 – 2016). A 1999 alum of Leadership Arlington, where he was board chairman in 2004, John has also served as board chair for the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) and the Arlington Free Clinic. He continues his service on the boards of AFAC, the Leadership Center for Excellence, and the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, and enjoys volunteering for A-SPAN (Arlington Street Peoples Assistance Network), Arlington Community Foundation and Arlington County, among many other organizations.

A 1979 graduate of Fordham University, John started his business, the award-winning Washington Workplace, in 1991. As the oldest of 11 children, John says that the skill set he developed as a “classic firstborn” translates directly into those abilities needed to run a business and nurture employees and clients. Almost all of Washington Workplace’s employees have been with the company for 10 years or longer and thrive in its family-friendly culture of bottom line and personal accountability.

John also serves on the board of Workplace Furnishings, a national office furniture industry trade association.

Karen Rosales has been President & CEO of the Arlington Community Federal Credit Union (ACFCU) since 2012. With over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry, Karen has served in various executive roles throughout her career in the credit union movement. Since 2010, she has managed the strategic direction, service delivery, and operational efficiency of ACFCU, which has $340 million in assets.

A 2013 Leadership Arlington graduate, she served on the Leadership Center for Excellence Board of Regents and was president in 2016. She also serves on the Credit Union Miracle Day Board of Directors, which is the title sponsor group of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run. The race has donated over $7.5 million to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country since the collaboration of 100 credit unions and business partners became title sponsors of the races in 2002.

Karen is a graduate of American University’s Kogod School of Business, holding a BSBA in International Business, Marketing, and Spanish. She has also studied Organizational Development at Marymount University. Karen and her husband have two adult children and a beloved dachshund named Winston. In the winter, Karen loves to watch college football and in the summer she is an avid road cyclist.