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About Us: League of Women Voters of Fairfax

About the League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

  • We discuss & study issues of local, national, state & regional concern. We inform ourselves, legislators & the general public about the results of our research.
  • We lobby for passage of laws we support & for the defeat of those we oppose, based on League positions.
  • We monitor elections & government activities.
  • We sponsor candidate debates & community forums about vital issues.
  • We testify at legislative & administrative hearings to insure citizen input in policy making decisions.
  • We publish & distribute issue-oriented material.
  • We advocate, we occasionally go to court to help clarify & enforce laws in the public interest.
  • We produce & distribute Voters' Guides to help citizens to choose candidates & to be prepared to vote on ballot questions.
  • We get INVOLVED! Join us in lively conversations & interesting issues!

The League of Women Voters never supports or opposes candidates for office, or political parties. Any use of the League of Women Voters name in campaign advertising or literature has not been authorized by the League.

Pictured Below: Co-President Peggy Knight (L) and Executive Director Beth Henson Tudan (R) welcome new Co-President Wendy Fox-Grage (M)

Wendy Fox-Grage, LWV of the Fairfax Area Co-President

Wendy Fox-Grage joined LWVFA in 2004 and currently serves as LWVFA's unit co-coordinator. She is also a member of the Reston Evening unit.

Wendy is a senior policy advisor on issues such as aging, disability, and long-term care at AARP. She has expertise in grant writing and project management. Wendy has a Master of Science in Gerontology and a Master in Public Administration.

Wendy's hobbies include playing keyboards in a garage rock-n-roll band and driving an antique, 45 year old Volkswagen Bug.

Wendy lives in Vienna, Virginia, with her husband, Don, and their three children. All three children have attended Fairfax County Public Schools where Wendy has actively participated in their PTA and school activities.

Peggy Knight, LWV of the Fairfax Area Co-President

Peggy Knight - Co-President

Peggy is a retired nurse educator. Following retirement in 2005 she finally had time to pursue her hobbies of traveling, reading and quilting. Her first retirement activity was a two-month camping trip to Alaska. After returning from "a trip of a lifetime," she began quilting and became active with elections. Peggy decided the best way to make a change and have her voice heard was to work with a nonpartisan organization and joined the League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area in 2007. Peggy was co-chair of the McLean Unit and the Meet and Greet Coordinator for 2013 and 2014.

Beth Tudan, Executive Director

Beth Tudan, the Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area since 2014, is an active League member. She joined LWVFA in 2007, is a member of the Reston Evening Unit, and has written program studies for the League on Privatization in Higher Education in Virginia and on Fairfax County Public School's adoption of online textbooks.

As Executive Director, Beth is in charge of our communications and social media and edits our weekly email blast. She also works with our community partners, membership, public relations, and voter services' teams. Beth is the President-Elect of the Fairfax County Council of PTAs, having previously served as Vice President of Engagement and Recording Secretary. She also served as PTA President at both Oakton Elementary School and Landstuhl Elementary and Middle School in Germany. She has served in various roles in local unit PTAs, including as volunteer coordinator, grant writer, Grace Arts volunteer, social media coordinator, and legislative liaison.

A holder of a BA in History and an MBA, Beth taught high school economics, government, and AP US History, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Economics in Romania. A native Tennessean, Beth was also a historical researcher for the author Alex Haley. Beth has lived abroad in London, Switzerland, Romania, and Germany, and speaks English and Romanian. Beth and her husband, Costi, live in Vienna, Virginia, with their three sons.