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Melanie is running for
Fairfax County School Board!

Visit her campaign website to learn how she’s working for strong schools in the Fairfax community.


Strategic Communications

Crafting messages, language, strategy and products to prompt action from targeted audiences

Network Development

Connecting allies to accelerate progress in education, sustainability, and the public good.

Work Management Systems

Designing efficient work systems and supporting team communications

Research and Analysis

Conducting interviews, data scans and more to analyze trends of success and challenge

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Education Expertise

Applying expertise in PreK-12 education programs and policy, specializing in environmental literacy and nature-based connections

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Coaching and Facilitation

Leading workshops, facilitating strategic meetings, and communications coaching

Clients and Collaborators

Melanie focuses on creating effective work systems and clear, strategic communications. She is a Network Strategist connecting the people, entities, and ideas that promote nature and environmental sustainability as the vehicle for learning, living, and leadership.
Melanie Meren

The process person.


Defender of all things good and fun.


A force of – and for – nature.

Featured Articles

Series: Everyday Advocacy

Are you an advocate? If you’re reading this, it’s likely that YES, YOU ARE, whether you see yourself that way or not. Anyone working for a cause they are passionate about is an advocate. Really! Advocacy - effectively communicating about your passion and what is...

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Why Write From the Edge of the Schoolyard?

Edge of the Schoolyard is a place to explore how learning happens amidst efforts to meld together community, policy in practice, and connections with nature in American schools. The articles reflects my experiences as a network strategist and communications consultant...

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Turning Environmental Trash Into Artistic Treasure

Trash or treasure? This is a game I play with students when we are out walking. On a beach, the options could be seashells, balloons, or sticks. Near a creek, we find plastic bottles, newspaper, or smooth glass. Some finds are more easy to categorize than others. This...

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"Melanie brings calm to chaos with a strategic, professional and kind approach... She made our work possible."

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"She brings her heart, brain and full energy to every project."

"Her talents and vision have taken our organization to the next level. I highly recommend her."

"She uses a variety of tools to keep us organized and has been instrumental in giving our organization a web and social marketing presence."

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