Meet Shyamali

(she, her, hers)

(Shyamali rhymes with family)

Shyamali Roy Hauth is an Air Force veteran, an immigrant and a community organizer. As a former college professor, she taught courses on Speech, Team Building and Leadership and owns and operates a small business. During her 10 years in the US Air Force, she served in both the enlisted and officer ranks working in Construction Management and as an Executive Officer. She has a strong focus on issues leading to equity and equality. She has strong leadership skills and a strategic outlook.

Shyamali and her husband Chris, who was also active duty Air Force, lived throughout the US and overseas, but always felt connected to Fairfax County. When Chris retired after 26 years of service, they chose to return to Fairfax County and make it their permanent home. Although they loved their previous neighborhood in Alexandria, Shyamali’s Pacific Northwest roots drew her to the trees and green space of Reston.

Shyamali’s passion for public service did not stop upon settling in Reston. She immediately became active as a grassroots organizer and community advocate in a variety of important causes. She worked with community groups, like Rescue Reston, to preserve the Reston National Golf Course from development. She founded and led her own grassroots group, Hear Our Voice-Reston (HOV-R), where she led 70 people who worked to elect progressive candidates in Virginia in 2017. HOV-R was part of a grassroots cooperative that later became NetWork NoVA. After the 2017 election, HOV-R joined forces with Herndon Reston Indivisible. She is an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community working alongside the Human Rights Campaign and Equality Virginia. Shyamali’s leadership and activism were recognized by the Hunter Mill District Democratic Committee who honored her with the Ed Herlihy Activist Award for 2018.

Most recently, Shyamali has been very active on the campaign to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, serving as the Outreach Executive Vice President for the Virginia Equal Rights Coalition (VERC) and as Military and Veterans Outreach for the VAratifyERA campaign. She also serves on the membership and endorsement committees for the Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia (DAAV),  is the Women Veterans Outreach Chair for the American Legion Dyer-Gunnell Post 180 in Vienna, is the Vice Chair for Outreach for the Hunter Mill District Democratic Committee, and the Chair of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee’s Veterans and Military Families Committee.

Shyamali has a Masters of Science in Human Resource Management from Troy State University and is a graduate of the Virginia Progressive Leadership Program Cohort 5. She lives in Reston with her husband of 25 years. They have four grown children and five grandchildren. She enjoys teaching Celtic harp and helping clients in her Yoga Therapy business.

2018 Ed Herlihy Activist Award Winner

2018 Ed Herlihy Award Winner