Vice-Chair, Montgomery County Planning Board
Appointed in October 2014, Natali Fani-González is the Vice-Chair of the Montgomery County Planning Board and the first Latinx and first millennial to serve on the five-member Board. Since her appointment, Natali has made significant contributions to the Board, Planning Department and Department of Parks to engage diverse communities. She has been involved with several planning efforts, including the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan, 2016 Subdivision Staging Policy, Montgomery Village Master Plan, Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan, Veirs Mills Corridor Master Plan and Bicycle Master Plan. In April 2018, she participated in the national conference of the American Planning Association on a panel about public outreach for hard-to-reach audiences and has been a speaker at several regional planning events.
Her passion for community advocacy has prompted Natali Fani-González to speak about civil rights and economic justice on noteworthy occasions such as the 40th Anniversary of the March on Washington. She has been the recipient of several prestigious awards: Washingtonian Magazine honored Natali as one of the “40 Under 40” Changemakers in the Washington D.C. Region and then named her as a “Woman to Watch.” In 2017, the DC metro area’s largest Spanish language newspaper, El Tiempo Latino, recognized Natali Fani-González as one of the 100 most influential individuals for the DC Hispanic community. She received the Montgomery Women’s Rising Star Award.
Natali Fani-González is a member of the Transition Team for Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich and a member of the “More Affordable and Welcoming County” committee. Natali was Vice-Chair of the Transition Team for former Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker III.
While on the Planning Board, Natali is a Public Engagement executive leading impactful grassroots efforts and multimillion-dollar campaigns across the nation. Natali graduated from Goucher College and completed professional studies at Georgetown University. She lives with her husband and children in Wheaton.