Navigating Local Government to Elevate Your Business + Community
September 24 @ 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Each day, dozens of elected officials in Fairfax County and Virginia’s General Assembly make decisions that impact YOU, from the roads you drive on to the taxes you pay on your business and home. Here in Fairfax, among many other topics, policies about immigration and judicial policies are made and enforced – while in the state government, laws about gun violence prevention, equal rights, and environmental protections are decided upon.
Bring your lunch and come learn about the complex structure of your local government, and how you can be heard – and why it’s so important.
With a big local election happening on November 5, this is a great opportunity to learn why your vote is so critical and how to advocate for your values. While the focus is on Fairfax County, information is applicable to other Virginia counties.
About Melanie Meren:
Melanie received her Master’s in Public Policy from the Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University, and prior to this spent a lifetime in public schools. Her first job after Duke was as a civil servant and Presidential Management Fellow in the U.S. Department of Education’s Elementary & Secondary Education office. Working with educators and administrators across the country, she managed a multi-million dollar program targeting student improvement for young children at risk of falling behind. Today, she owns and operates her own communications consulting practice focused on strengthening education. Melanie has served as an appointee to two Fairfax County School Board advisory committees, including serving as Co-Chair of the Human Resources Advisory Committee that identifies challenges and solutions to retain top education talent in Fairfax. She’s a proud mother of two children in FCPS, is active in her school’s PTA particularly to promote outdoor learning and play, co-leads a Girl Scout troop, and is a graduate of the 2018 University of Virginia Sorensen Institute Political Leaders Program. Find more information at: www.MelanieMeren.com.