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In 2003, Melvene Tardy was part of the group of women that established West Michigan’s first and only women-led, non-partisan, independent, and multi-issue political action committee (PAC) the Progressive Women’s Alliance of West Michigan (PWA).  Their activities are focused on impacting electoral politics through educational programming, political fundraising and increasing women’s political engagement and leadership at every level. Having generated significant impact, PWA has grown to having affiliates organizations in Kalamazoo and the Lakeshore—which includes Holland, Grand Haven and Muskegon. Melvene is also regularly active in voters registration and get out the vote activities.

As an independent Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Qualified Administrator Melvene works with individuals in workgroups to increase their intercultural sensitivity, and develop greater intercultural competency and equity in their workplace environments. Her work with organizations includes enhancing their community engagement and talent development strategies, to ensure their processes and systems are in alignment with their inclusion goals.

Melvene is a native and lifelong resident of Grand Rapids. Her passionate commitments to human rights, social justice, and community engagement, have informed her career as a human resources professional and nonprofit capacity-building practitioner, trainer, and technical assistance provider in West Michigan.

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