Port City Notebook is written by Melynda Dovel Wilcox, who along with her husband David is a 25-year resident of Alexandria and the mother of twin daughters who are seniors in college. Her notebook includes an eclectic mix of observations about topics of interest to parents of school-age children and Alexandria residents.
She is a two-time past president of the Alexandria PTA Council, and has previously served as PTA president at George Mason Elementary and George Washington Middle School. She currently serves as President of the Board of Trustees of the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, and was vice-chair of Advocates for Alexandria Aquatics. She spent several years as an AVID tutor, and is also a freelance writer and editor. Her passions are yoga, reading, cooking and traveling with her family.