Keynote Speaker: Delegate Marcia Price

16587303_1132086923566725_395503884721587965_oMarcia, affectionately known as “Cia”, was born and raised in Newport News, Virginia. She graduated from Warwick High School in the Peninsula’s first graduating class of the International Baccalaureate Program, receiving the full IB Diploma and Advanced Studies Diploma.  She attended Spelman College and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy. She also received her Master of Arts in Religious Studies from Howard University.  More recently Price completed some coursework toward her Master of Divinity Degree at Howard University. With each program, she focused on learning as much as she could in order to return home to make a positive difference.

Price worked as a special assistant in the Virginia Liaison Office under then Governor Mark Warner and as a regional coordinator for the NAACP This Is My Vote! Campaign for voter registration, education, and mobilization.  After what was supposed to be a month long internship at a dental office, Price enjoyed a career of dental office administration and management because she was passionate about helping people get the care that they need.

In September 2015, Marcia started VA-BLOC, a non-profit focused on “building empowered communities” through voter engagement, civic involvement, and leadership development.  As director, she leads community organizing efforts in the areas education, criminal justice reform, economic justice, mental health, environmental justice, and women’s rights with an amazing team.

Also, Marcia preaches and gives inspirational speeches at events to help awaken congregations to the needs of the community.  Further, she has been active in local and state campaigns, supporting progressive and hardworking candidates.

Marcia is a member of St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church and has been active in organizations like Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., People to People, Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, and Young Professionals Advisory Council.  She currently serves on the Board for Habitat for Humanity serving the Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg.  She previously served on the Downing Gross Cultural Arts Center Advisory Board and the Newport News Commission on Youth.  Marcia also served previously on the Virginia Council on Women, having been appointed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

Marcia has received several honors, including scholarships and awards at Howard University, being inducted into the Golden Key International Honour Society, and being named Greek of the Year twice for her Chapter.

On November 3, 2015, she was elected to represent the 95th District in the Virginia House of Delegates.  She serves on the Health, Welfare, and Institutions Committee (Subcommittee #1) and the Privileges and Elections Committee (Constitutional Subcommittee). She currently serves as the Chaplain of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus.  Marcia is a member the Democratic Caucus, the Hampton Roads Caucus, the National Conference of State Legislators, the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, the VA Democratic Black Caucus, and the Newport News Democratic City Committee.

She is a fourth generation resident of the Peninsula and she embraces her family’s legacy of service. Price strives to make a positive impact in the Peninsula community that has given so much to her.

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