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Let's Talk Live sits down with Valerie Ervin, a true trailblazer for women!
Valerie believes that policy and public engagement converge to create a space for change. Her work as a legislator has focused on connecting government, business, education and the safety net to serve the needs of all residents of the community.
As a former elected official, Valerie championed the vision that America succeeds when working families succeed. Her policy accomplishments include raising the minimum wage, expanding universal pre-kindergarten, establishing the nation’s first county-wide food recovery network, increasing childcare subsidies, improving childhood nutrition and expanding universal breakfast programs, and developing models for closing the Achievement Gap.
Valerie served as the Montgomery County Council President in 2011 and made her mark as a strong, independent voice who along with her colleagues weathered the storm of one of the toughest budgets in recent memory, which occurred during the height of the great recession. The County came out of that year with a fiscal plan that has put the county on the road to recovery.
Valerie Ervin is a woman who sees hard truths and focuses on innovative strategies for solving problems
Ervin has received many awards for her public service including: Montgomery County Commission for Women’s Historical Archives Inductee in 2014; Washingtonian Magazine’s Most Powerful Women Award in 2011; Maryland’s Top 100 Women from the Daily Record in 2008 and 2012; Phyliss Campbell Newsome Public Policy Leadership Award from the Center for Non-Profit Advancement in 2008; John Greeley Award from Liberty’s Promise in 2008; and the Phenomenal Woman of the Year Award from Community Bridges in 2007.
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