Valerie Ervin (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qj6zGzZinUc)
(WUSA9) -- Tuesday, Montgomery County Councilmember Valerie Ervin announced that she would be leaving the council for a non-profit organization.
Ervin has served as an elected leader in the county for nearly a decade. She will now be joining the Center for Working Families as executive director.
A press release from the council on Tuesday said "Ervin has long been an advocate for those who have no voice in the political process. She is best known for her work on issues including: raising the minimum wage; increasing child care subsidies for working parents; ensuring that prevailing wages are paid on construction projects; providing contract protections for service workers; expanding summer food and universal breakfast programs for children; and creating the first county-wide food recovery network in the nation. As chair of the Council's Education Committee, and as a former member of the County Board of Education, she has focused on major initiatives to close the achievement gap. Councilmember Ervin has also been a strong advocate for marriage equality."
Ervin was quoted as saying, "Becoming executive director of the Center for Working Families is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I was both surprised and honored to be asked to pursue these issues at the national level. After careful reflection and deliberation with my family, friends and supporters, I believe that leading this organization will enable me to have a greater impact on the issues I care about most."
Ervin will tender her letter of resignation on Jan. 3, 2014. The council will appoint her successor, who will serve until Dec. 1, 2014.