Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Sheila Dixon
MSA SC 3520-14499


Born in Baltimore, Maryland, December 27, 1953. Attended Baltimore City public schools; Towson University, B.A. (early childhood education), 1976; The Johns Hopkins University, M.S. (educational management), 1985. Two children.

Baltimore's first female mayor. As president of the Baltimore City Council, Dixon became interim mayor upon Martin O'Malley's inauguration as governor on January 17, 2007. Dixon became the first woman elected mayor on November 7, 2007. Mayor Dixon resigned on February 4, 2010.

President, City Council, Baltimore, December 1999-January 2007 (member, representing District 4, 1987-99). Chair, Taxation and Finance Committee, 1992-93. Member, Health and Environment Committee, 1992-93; Housing Committee, 1992-93; Land Use Committee, 1992-93 (economic development subcommittee). Member, Task Force on Waste Stream Management and Reduction, 1992-93 (chair, marketing subcommittee). President, African-American Coalition, 1992-93. Member, Education and Human Resources Committee, 1994-99; Urban and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, 1994-99; Executive Appointments Committee, 1994-99. Chair, Board of Estimates, 1999-2007.

Board of Directors, Revitalizing Baltimore Advisory Panel, 1996-. Member, International Economic Advisory Board, Prince George's County, 2001-02.

Former international trade specialist, Office of International Trade, Department of Business and Economic Development. Former elementary school teacher and adult education instructor, Head Start program. Member, Baltimore City Democratic Central Committee, 1986. Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention, 1988. Board of Directors, Marble Hill Association, 1989-997. Board of Trustees, Living Classroom Foundation, 1990-99. Board of Directors, Action for the Homeless, 1992-99; Maryland Food Committee, 1992-99. Board member, Baltimore Public Markets Corp., 1996-; Walters Art Museum, 1999-; Baltimore Museum of Art, 1999-. Member, Retired Senior Volunteers Program Advisory Council, 1999-; Baltimore City Tobacco Community Health Coalition, 1999-. Fellow, Urban Health Initiative, 2001-. Enolia P. McMillan Women in NAACP Award, 1993. Maryland's Top 100 Women, Daily Record, 1996, 1999, 2003 (Circle of Excellence). Most Influential Baltimoreans, Baltimore Business Journal, 2000. Shero Award, Maryland Women for Responsive Government, 2000. Unsung Hero Award, Minority Contractors Association, 2001. Service Above Self Award, Rotary Club, 2001. Founders Award, David Horner Black Educational AIDS Project, 2001. Board of Trustees, Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church; 1993-99.

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