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Natali Fani-González is running for the new District 6 in the Montgomery County Council. She is a progressive democrat with county-wide government experience.

Until August of 2021, Natali was the vice-chair of the Montgomery County Park and Planning Commission and has a strong record on affordable housing, public transit, pedestrian and bicycle safety, the environment and protection of small businesses. She has been a strong advocate for schools and access to health care for all.  

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“Natali Fani-González’s experience working with community groups, labor unions, and most recently at the Planning Board illustrates her proven track record serving the communities that need the most attention. She knows that climate and jobs are inextricably linked to health and prosperity. She will pack a real punch in the Montgomery County Council,” said Gustavo Torres, CASA in Action Board President.

Endorsed by:

  • Montgomery County Councilmember Nancy Navarro

  • State Delegate Joseline Peña-Melnyk, Chair of Health and Government Operations Committee.

  • Former State Delegate Ana Sol Gutierrez.

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Natali brings local government experience and a strong background on Economic Opportunity for All

Until August of 2021, Natali Fani-González was the Vice Chair of the Montgomery County Planning Board and Commissioner for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, the bi-county agency established by state law that regulates real estate development, plans transportation infrastructure, and manages the park systems in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties.

 

During her seven years on the Montgomery County Planning Board, Natali was a key player in many strategic planning objectives including the Montgomery County Growth and Infrastructure Policy, Veirs Mills Corridor Master Plan, the Aspen Hill Vision Zero study, Montgomery Hills/Forest Glen Sector Plan, White Flint 2 Sector Plan, Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan, and the Bicycle Master Plan.

Before being Vice Chair of the County Planning Board, Natali was part of the senior staff for the regional immigrant rights group CASA, where she fought for the Maryland DREAM act, legislation in favor of the $15 an hour minimum wage, bank services for the unbanked and other local, state and national issues to uplift low-income communities.

Natali is an entrepreneurial woman. She leads a policy and communications company on a variety of issues including reproductive rights, LGBTQIA+, gun control, and access to early childhood education. Natali understands the important role small businesses play in the local economy, the local job market and the county's internal revenue.             

Natali has been:

  • Keynote on climate action efforts, Audubon Naturalist Society.

  • Speaker at the Montgomery County Affordable Housing Conference.

  • Panelist on inclusive planning process, American Planning Association Conference.

  • Panelist on “Economic Inequality on the Front Lines: Local Innovations for National Problems, a Bloomberg CityLab event, underwritten by Citi Foundation.

  • Profiled in the American Planning Association magazine on efforts to get communities of color involved in the planning of their communities.

  • Panelist on “Women & Urban Planning,” National Capital Area, Planning Association.

Natali has been Recognized for her work ethic and dedication:

  • Washingtonian Magazine honored Natali as one of the “40 Under 40” Changemakers in the Washington DC Region and then named her as a “Woman to Watch” 

  • 2021 Recipient of a State Citation by Governor Larry Hogan for community efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic helping vulnerable communities

  • Member of the Transition Team for Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich and member of the “More Affordable and Welcoming County” subgroup

  • Vice-Chair of the Transition Team for former Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker III

  • In 2017, the DC metro area’s largest Spanish language newspaper, El Tiempo Latino, recognized Natali as one of the 100 most influential individuals for the DC Hispanic community

  • Montgomery Women’s Rising Star Award

  • Maryland General Assembly Citation for Outstanding Contributions to the State of Maryland

  • Leading Women Award by The Daily Record

  • Poder Con Ganas Award by the Latino Democratic Club of Montgomery County

  • Former U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski Certificate of Recognition for Remarkable Commitment to Strengthen the Bonds between Maryland's Diverse Family

  • Former U.S. Congressman and now Senator Christopher Van Hollen Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for Outstanding and Invaluable Service to the Community

  • Board Member of Crittenton Services of Greater Washington 

  • Fellowship recipient from Rockefeller and Ford foundations

  • Former Board of Trustees member, Goucher College 

  • Former Executive Board member, Emerge Maryland

Natali has two young children in Montgomery County Public Schools. Her husband is a former U.S. Marine and Electrical Engineer. They live in Wheaton. 

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"I love my community and this pandemic has proven that we are stronger when we work together and look out for each other. Our future is brighter when we commit to unprecedented climate action and the creation of good jobs that make our Montgomery County stronger," Natali Fani-González.

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