Theodore Lutz retired in 2006 from his position as Vice President of Communications for The Washington Post, where he was responsible for overseeing and maintaining the newspaper’s relationship with the metro Washington, D.C. community, including leading The Post’s community support initiatives and charitable contributions program.
Lutz joined The Post in 1981, serving first as Vice President and Controller and then as Vice President of Personnel. From 1986 to 2003, he was Vice President/Business Manager and had oversight responsibility for the newspaper’s circulation function from 1986 through 2000. Before joining The Post, President Jimmy Carter appointed Lutz to serve as the Administrator of the Urban Mass Transportation Administration in the U.S. Department of Transportation from 1979 to 1981. Prior to that, from 1976 to 1979, he was the General Manager of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. From 1973 to 1976 he was Deputy Undersecretary for budget and program review at the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Currently, Lutz is a member of the Governing Board of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness. Previously, he served as a community advisor to the Junior League of Northern Virginia. Lutz was a trustee of the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation from 1983 to 1995 and was Chairman of the Meyer Foundation’s Board of Directors from 1993 to 1995. He was honored as a 1978 Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian magazine.
Lutz graduated in 1967 from Carleton College in Minnesota and obtained a MPA from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University in 1968. He and his wife Willa have lived in Falls Church City since 1979; both of their children are graduates of the Falls Church public school system.