- Spouse: Governor Terry McAuliffe
Dorothy McAuliffe graduated from The Catholic University of America with a bachelor’s in political science, and received her juris doctor from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a member of the Journal of Law and Policy in international business. For several years she practiced in the area of financial institution federal regulation and securities law.
Mrs. McAuliffe has been actively involved in her community as a volunteer in many capacities, including the areas of education and the arts. For six years, she served on the board of trustees of The Potomac School, a K-12 independent day school in McLean, Virginia, and served as chair of the Potomac Board of Trustees for three years.
Mrs. McAuliffe was a presidential appointee to the board of trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and also a member of the board of trustees of the Smithsonian Institution. She served on the education committees of both the Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian.
Mrs. McAuliffe serves on the executive committee of Knock-Out Abuse Against Women, a nonprofit organization benefiting victims of domestic violence. She has also been an active volunteer at St. Luke Catholic Church, her children’s schools and local athletic organizations and was appointed by Fairfax County Board Supervisor John Foust to represent the Dranesville District on the Tysons Metrorail Station Access Management Study Advisory Group, which met from 2010-11.
In her role as first lady of Virginia, Mrs. McAuliffe is focusing her work in the areas of childhood nutrition and food security. She is particularly interested in improving food delivery systems so that nutritious and fresh food products are more accessible to Virginia’s children and families with the added benefit of promoting local agricultural economic development opportunities and improving health and education outcomes.
Mrs. McAuliffe has lived in McLean, Virginia, for more than 20 years with her husband, Governor Terry McAuliffe, and their five children, ranging in ages from 11 to 22.