Member, Blueprint for Maryland's Future Funding Formula Work Group, 2019; State Prosecutor Selection and Disabilities Commission, 2019-.
Member, Advisory Council on Environmental Justice, 1997-99; State Advisory Council on Hereditary and Congenital Disorders, 1997-99; Task Force on Public Charter Schools, 1998; Task Force to Study Increasing the Availability of Substance Abuse Programs, 1998-2001 (availability committee); Special Committee to Study Issues Related to Class-Size Reduction, 1999; Governor's Task Force on African-American Entrepreneurship in Baltimore City, 1999-2002; Special Committee on Voting Systems and Election Procedures in Maryland, 2000-01; Task Force to Study Health Care Needs of Inmates in Transition from Correctional Institutions, 2000-02; Statewide Commission on the Crisis in Nursing, 2000-05; Task Force on Indoor Air Quality, 2001-02; State Commission on Public Funding of Campaigns in Maryland, 2002-04; Governor's Council for Historically Underutilized Businesses, 2004-05; Auto Insurance Task Force to Study Rates in Urban Areas, 2005; Task Force on Universal Preschool Education, 2006-07; Task Force on the Future for Growth and Development in Maryland, 2006-10; Commission on Civic Literacy, 2007-12; Task Force on the Discipline of Health Care Professionals and Improved Patient Care, 2008-09. Co-Chair, Task Force on the Minority Business Enterprise Program and Equity Investment Capital, 2008-09, 2010-12. Member, Commission to Study the Impact of Immigrants in Maryland, 2008-12; College Success Task Force, P-20 Leadership Council of Maryland, 2009-10; Maryland Council for New Americans, 2009-10; Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission, 2010-19; Task Force to Study the Creation of a Maryland Center for School Safety, 2011-13; Task Force to Study the Implementation of a Dyslexia Education Program, 2015-17; Maryland Redistricting Reform Commission, 2015-18; President's Advisory Council, Baltimore City Community College, 2015-; Task Force to Study State Alcohol Regulation, Enforcement, Safety, and Public Health, 2018-19.
Member, City Council, Baltimore City, District 3, 1995-97 (chair, budget & appropriations committee; vice-chair, land use committee).
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, April 5, 1951. Attended Brookvale High School, Lancaster, Virginia; Community College of Baltimore, A.A. (human services), 1987; University of Baltimore, B.A. (sociology), 1988. General tax practitioner and co-owner, CIG Professional Tax Services, Inc. Employed by Model Cities Program, 1970-76; Urban Services Agency, 1976-93. Director, Helping Unite Baltimore (HUB) #13, Department of Housing and Community Development, Baltimore City, 1993-94. Program Director, Stability, Uniqueness, Renewal and Elevation (SURE), the Jentry McDonald Corporation, 1994-95. Member, Women for Responsive Government, 1995. Board member, Harford-Bel Air Community Mental Health Center, 1996. Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention, 2000. Solicitor's Award, United Way of Central Maryland, 1982. Award for outstanding community services, Urban Services Agency, 1985. Mayor's Citation, Baltimore City, 1990. Community Service Day Award, Governor William Donald Schaefer, 1993. Leadership and Participation Award, City of Baltimore, 1993. Best Politician Award, City Paper, 1996. Outstanding Professional Achievement, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, 1997. Legislative Service Award, National Federation of the Blind of Maryland, 1998. Verda F. Welcome Award, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., 1998. Outstanding Service Award, U.S. Coast Guard, 1999. Maryland's Top 100 Women, Daily Record, 2000, 2010, 2014 (Circle of Excellence). Municipal Super Star, Maryland Municipal League, 2008. First Citizen Award, Maryland Senate, 2012. Public Service Award, The Arc Baltimore, 2013. Legislative Champion Award, Women Legislators of Maryland, 2018. Member, Israel Baptist Church, Baltimore, Maryland. Married; one son; two grandchildren.
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