Ryan McElveen

Key Facts

Party N/A; nonpartisan election
Status Challenger


Ryan McElveen graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and East Asian Studies and from Columbia University with a Master’s Degree in International Affairs [1, 2, 3, 4, 7]. He currently works as the associate director of the John L. Thornton China Center of the Brookings Institute and serves on the National Committee on U.S. China Relations. McElveen formerly was an at-large member of the Fairfax County School Board from 2012 to 2019 and the board’s legislative liaison to Richmond [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7]. After leaving the School Board, he founded the Global Leaders of Fairfax County Program, which seeks to prepare its high school senior fellows to be global citizens and positively change their communities [1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7].

Key Issues


McElveen wants to update the curriculum to offer more modern courses as well as electives such as music, arts, and languages [1, 4, 5, 6].

Mental Health

McElveen wants to provide high quality mental health resources to meet the needs of students and staff [1, 4, 5, 6].


McElveen wants to implement universal pre-K programs [1, 4, 5, 6]. 

McElveen wants to offer free and healthy school lunches to all students [1, 4, 5, 6].


McElveen believes that competitively compensating teachers will create a high quality workforce [1, 4, 5, 6].


Fairfax County Democratic Committee


1 Ryan McElveen for School Board
2 LinkedIn 
3 Ballotpedia 
4 Patch
5 Annandale Today
6 Blue Virginia
7 Global Leaders of Fairfax County