Mike's Father Bill
Mike grew up on Air Force bases across the country, from New Hampshire to Nebraska to Hawaii to Maryland.
Mike’s father, Bill Clancy, grew up in a working class family. After high school, Bill enlisted in the Air Force and served his country, retiring as a Master Sergeant. Bill earned his college degree the hard way going to night school on the G.I. Bill, while serving in the Air Force and raising a family. Bill ultimately graduated from the University of Maryland. After retiring from the Air Force, Bill started his second career as a teacher and school principal. Mike’s parents believed in the value of education and exemplified hard work. Both had long careers as dedicated teachers and sacrificed tremendously to provide for their family and to ensure their five children all were able to attend college.
Meet Mike Clancy
Mike is a proven community leader. His priorities over the years have included education, affordable housing, food assistance programs, first responders, youth sports and local civic issues. Click on each to learn more about Mike's work:
For years, Mike has focused on the food insecurity of low-income families throughout the Northern Virginia region serving as a board member for a food assistance center; volunteering for and coordinating food drives and food distribution.
Mike and Lynn funded the construction of homes for families in earthquake and hurricane ravaged Haiti, volunteered to work on home construction with Habitat for Humanity, and raised funds to provide housing for wounded warriors.
For over 20 years, Mike has been active in school PTAs supporting the teachers and students; Mike prevailed in restoring funding for a jobs and education program for persons with special needs and down syndrome when Arlington County attempted to defund the program.
Mike served as Vice Chairman of a Fairfax County School Board Task Force appointed to study school start time options and the impacts of student sleep deprivation on academic performance, sports, student clubs, child care, before and after school programs, teachers, and the school budget. Mike served as the Government Relations Committee Chairman for the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJ) PTSA and successfully advocated for a substantial increase in state funding.
Following 9/11, Mike led the charge in Arlington -- home of the Pentagon -- to address deficiencies in the benefit programs for firefighters and police, to increase the minimum staffing on fire suppression equipment to meet recommended safety guidelines, and to provide the community with full-time, 24-hour EMS services.
Mike has been a youth basketball coach for all grade levels from 1st grade through high school; served on the McLean Youth Basketball Board of Directors and as League Commissioner; and served on the McLean Youth Athletics Board of Directors for which he was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his advocacy for youth sports and his dedicated commitment to sportsmanship.