Making Democracy Work

Melissa Currence named a Ruth S. Shur Fellow


CINCINNATI (March 23, 2015) -- Melissa Currence of the League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area has been selected by the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) to serve as a Ruth S. Shur Fellow, an elite leadership program run by the organization. Currence was trained March 5 to March 8 at the Conference Center at the Maritime Institute near Baltimore.

Ruth S. Shur Fellows are chosen in a competitive application process. Successful candidates have outstanding leadership qualities and a proven commitment to the League's mission. Shur Fellows work across the organization's grassroots network enabling volunteers to better serve their communities nationwide. The Shur Fellow program was established in 2010, and Melissa Currence is now one of 26 Shur Fellows who will support Leagues across the country during their two-year term.

Currence joined the League of Women Voters in 1997 and serves as the vice president of development for the Cincinnati Area LWV. She has served in various capabilities at the local level, including as Cincinnati Area president (2010-2012), voter service chair, nominating committee chair, action chair, webmaster, and Cincinnati's coordinator. She served on the LWV Ohio board from 2009-2010 and on LWVUS Young People Task Force as co-chair from 2012-2014. She received the LWV Cincinnati Area's 2014 Martha B. Taft Service Award, the highest award the organization can bestow upon a member. Currence is the interactive media manager at The Greater Cincinnati Foundation and also serves on the board of the Cincinnatus Association.

At the training, Currence was joined by LWVUS President Elisabeth MacNamara, who laid out the long-term vision for the League and emphasized the ways in which the Shur Fellows will assist the organization in achieving that vision leading up to the League's 100th birthday in 2020. Fellows also received professional training in leadership development as well as communications, coaching and planning.

"The opportunity to learn how to develop the leadership skills of members in great civic organizations, such as the League of Women Voters, was inspiring," Currence said. "I look forward to being able to share what I learned with my own League in Cincinnati as well as with those who I coach. It is exciting to be part of an organization that for 95 years has continued to make communities healthy, vibrant and strong all around the country."

League membership is open to both men and women. To become a member of the LWV of the Cincinnati Area, please contact us.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Membership in the League is open to men and women of all ages. With more than 95 years of experience and almost 800 local and state affiliates, the League is one of America's most trusted grassroots organizations.