Miriam Dickler is the former Director of Communications for the City of Charlottesville, Virginia.
In her six years with Charlottesville, she served as primary city spokesperson, led a staff of four and an
office responsible for media relations, public relations, community engagement, web and social media
content and the City’s three PEG television stations.
The Charlottesville Director of Communications is also the Lead Public Information Officer (PIO) for
Emergency Management, the City's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Officer and a senior advisor to the City Manager.
Prior to working for Charlottesville, Ms. Dickler served in a similar role as the first full-time Public
Information Officer for the City of Harrisonburg, Virginia, building that city’s communications operation from the ground up.
Over the course of her career in local government, she was the primary communications official for
multiple events that attracted widespread national attention and responsible for directing teams of local
and regional communications professionals through those events and their aftermaths.
In early 2018, Ms. Dickler stepped away from local government communications to explore new
opportunities. She is currently working with James Madison University in Harrisonburg to design a local
and state government continuing education curriculum. She also consults independently for individuals
Ms. Dickler is proud to have been called “one of the best PR professionals” and “a dedicated
communications miracle worker” by her colleagues. She lives in Charlottesville with her husband.