Change Makers: Adelle Settle

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“Changemakers” highlights the people of Prince William who are making a difference in our  community. This month, we feature Adelle Settle.

Since joining the Prince William community, Adelle Settle has committed to making her mark through
positive change. An advocate for families and especially children in the area, she works to alleviate the burden of school meal debt in Prince William through her local nonprofit, Settle the Debt.

How long have you lived in the Prince William area, and what do you most like about living here?

I moved to Prince William with my husband and daughter in 2016. We love the people here and we’ve made great, lasting friendships that make the area feel like home.

What are some of your favorite things to do in the area and why?

My family and I enjoy visiting local farms for pick-your-own strawberries, flowers and apples. We also enjoy hiking in the many state parks. We have amazing restaurants near our home that we enjoy visiting and lots of locally owned businesses that we patronize regularly.

How have you been involved in the community?

I founded Settle the Debt, a 501(c)(3), which raises money to pay down Prince William’s lunch debt and raises awareness at the local and state level about the existence of meal debt and the need for school nutrition policy changes. We advocate for universal school meals so that eventually every child attending
public schools will be fed as a part of the educational budget. We believe that a hungry child can’t learn and that investing in school meals is a simple way to help ensure there is equity and opportunity for all students.

If you had to give advice to someone new to the area, what would you tell them and why?

I would tell them to join as many local organizations or clubs as possible in order to make new friends. I didn’t know anyone here when we moved to Gainesville in 2016. I joined several local philanthropic and political groups, as well as some local parenting groups, and through those organizations, I’ve met my
now best friends.

How would you describe yourself in a few sentences?

Adelle Settle is a lawyer for the federal government, mother, wife and founder of Settle the Debt. She enjoys local politics, singing and dance classes, and when she’s not busy with her nonprofit, work and family. She attended Albion College and George Mason University School of Law.

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