Member, Governor's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, 1994; Governor's Commission on Welfare Policy, 1994; Governor's Task Force to Reform the State Personnel Management System, 1995-96; Study Commission on Lobbyist Ethics, 1999-2000. Co-Chair, Task Force to Study Modernization of Credit Union Law, 1999-2001. Acting Chair, Environmental Restoration and Development Task Force, 2003. Member, Fine Arts Education Advisory Panel, State Department of Education, 2003; Attainment Plan (federal air quality standards) Task Force, Department of the Environment, 2003-04. Board of Trustees, Maryland Historical Trust, 2004-. Member, Transit Funding Study Steering Committee, 2006-07; Task Force on Sustainable Growth and Wastewater Disposal, 2011. Member, Chesapeake Bay Commission, 2011- (vice-chair, 2012, 2015; chair, 2013); Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education, 2016-.
Born in Quinter, Kansas, December 22, 1947. Independence Junior College, A.A., 1967; Wichita State University, B.A.E. (arts education), 1970; The Johns Hopkins University, M.S./A.B.S. (science), 1987. Administrator and instructor, Baltimore City Public Schools, 1972-78. Adjunct instructor of continuing education, Catonsville Community College, 1978-79. Community service planner and grants analyst, Commission on Aging and Retirement Education, Baltimore City, 1979-85 (director of pre-retirement education, 1985-88). Campaign manager and state director for U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, 1988-92. Associate for Federal Relations, The Johns Hopkins University, 1992-2014. Elected Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention, 1980, 2008, 2012. 2nd Vice-Chair, Democratic State Central Committee, 2011-14 (member, 1986-94). Former member, Board of Directors, New Democratic Club (member, 1976-87); Greater Homewood Community Corporation, 1976-79; Penn North Charles Planning Council, 1980; Ready at Five, 1995-2000; Action in Maturity, 1995-2000; Marion House, 1996-2000. Honorary Board member, Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc., 2003. Board of Directors, Union Memorial Hospital, 2005-08; Baltimore-Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound Center, 2005-11; Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, 2005-15. Advisory Board, North East Development Alliance (NEDA). Honorary Board member, AIDSWALK Maryland, 2005; Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation. Maryland's Top 100 Women, Daily Record, 1998, 2000, 2010 (Circle of Excellence). Certificate of Appreciation, Maryland Municipal League, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006. Dorothy Beatty Memorial Award, Women's Law Center of Maryland, 2001. Legislator Recognition Award, Maryland Association of Counties, 2003. Legislator of the Year, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, 2004, 2007. Legislator of the Year, Progressive Maryland, 2006. Homeownership Advocate of the Year Award, Department of Housing & Community Development, 2006. Baltimore Power 50, Baltimore Magazine, 2007. Rawlings Fellowship, James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership, 2007. Legislative Advocacy Award, Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning, 2008. Distinguished Legislator Award, Maryland Municipal League, 2008 (municipal super star, 2009, 2010, 2011). Chester Riverkeeper Award, Chester River Association, 2009. Maryland Legislative Champion Award, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, 2009. 50 Women to Watch, Baltimore Sun, 2013. Dr. James R. Miller Award, Maryland Grain Producers Association, 2013. The Chair's Award, The Mautner Project, 2013. Legislator of the Year, Maryland League of Conservation Voters, 2013. Admiral of the Chesapeake Bay Award, Governor of Maryland, 2015. Married.
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