Fairfax Library Foundation Board Welcomes Smolen

FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA – The Fairfax Library Foundation (FLF) recently welcomed attorney Miriam Smolen to its 2020-2021 Board of Directors.

Ms. Smolen has represented Providence District on the Fairfax County Library Board of Trustees since 2015, serving as that body’s chair from 2018 to 2020. She is currently the Deputy General Counsel for litigation for the Federal Housing Finance Agency where she is represents the federal financial regulatory agency in its mission of regulating and supervising the secondary mortgage market. Previously, Smolen was a partner at Gilbert LLP, inside counsel at Fannie Mae, and served with distinction at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for 14 years. She began her legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable Stanley S. Harris, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. She also served as chair of Capital Camps and Retreat Center, a non-profit overnight camp, from 2017 to 2019.


Smolen earned her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and her J.D. from Berkeley School of Law, at the University of California. She has lived in Fairfax County for over 30 years with her husband Jerry. Miriam has two adult sons—both graduates of Woodson High School—and a Tibetan Terrier named Dali.


The 2020-2021 Board of Directors will serve from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. The current Board includes Chair Patty Reed, Vice Chair Mary Jo Patterson, Treasurer Mike Cullen, and Secretary George Croft. The full Board of Directors can be viewed on the Foundation’s website here.

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