Ms. Ortman-Fouse is serving her first term as a member of the Board of Education. She is chair of the Board’s Strategic Planning Committee and a member of the Policy Management Committee. She also serves as the Board’s legislative delegate to the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE); chairs MABE’s Ad Hoc Committee on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA); serves as MABE’s delegate on Maryland State Department of Education’s ESSA Stakeholder Group; and serves as a member of MABE’s Federal Relations Network Committee. In addition, she is a member of the Montgomery County Collaboration Council’s Disproportionate Minority Contact Reduction Committee and Montgomery County’s Children Fleeing Violence from Central America Work Group.
Ms. Ortman-Fouse has a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has used her communications skills in a variety of positions from hosting and producing documentaries and a morning show to leading communications and development strategies for national organizations. Her passion is using communication to bring people together to solve challenges in the community, especially those affecting our most vulnerable residents.
Since 2010, Ms. Ortman-Fouse has provided leadership coaching, team building, strategic planning and facilitation services with her business, T.E.A.M. Consulting, to nonprofits and businesses throughout the region.
Prior to her election to the Board, Ms. Ortman-Fouse served Montgomery County schools for the previous decade in a variety of roles, including PTA president, delegate for the Montgomery County Council of Parent-Teacher Associations, and member of the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Parent Advisory Council.
She has also served in a variety of community leadership roles, including as board member for the Silver Spring YMCA, Gandhi Brigade, the Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County and the United Way’s Regional Advisory committee.
Ms. Ortman-Fouse has also served in numerous capacities on issues of local and national community importance from a national EPA joint partnership work group on community-centered schools to Montgomery County’s Energized Public Spaces Plan work group.
Ms. Ortman-Fouse is a 2017 graduate of Leadership Montgomery. She enjoys endurance sports and has completed nine marathons and an ironman distance triathlon. She and her husband have one student in MCPS high school and one MCPS graduate now at UMD-CP.
Q: Describe yourself on the political spectrum (i.e., fiscal conservative/social liberal, libertarian, social moderate/fiscal liberal).
A: Socially liberal. Fiscally responsible.
Q: What is the biggest challenge facing Montgomery County today?
A: Economic opportunity and connectivity to those opportunities.
Q: What is the one thing – project or program – that you want to achieve?
A: Bolstering our current job-related programs like the Economic Policy Corporation and WorkSource Montgomery so that we can prepare, train, and connect our residents to desirable, high-paying jobs that we will attract to our county.
Q: How will you pay for your project/program?
A: Creating efficiencies in County government, the increased revenue from new business and higher incomes, and less dependency on social services as we open up greater opportunities to our residents for the jobs they want and need.