Member, Early Childhood Education Action Group, Howard County, 2015-; Chesapeake Bay Commission, 2016-; State Children's Environmental Health and Protection Advisory Council, 2016-. Board of Directors, Maryland School for the Blind, 2016-. Member, Objective Criteria Committee, State Retirement and Pension System, 2018; Complete Streets Program Regulations Work Group, 2018-.
Member of House of Delegates, representing District 13, Howard County, January 10, 2007 to January 14, 2015. Member, Appropriations Committee, 2007-15 (health & human resources subcommittee, 2007-08; oversight committee on personnel, 2007-15; education & economic development subcommittee, 2009-12; capital budget subcommitee, 2013-15; chair, public safety & administration subcommittee, 2013-15); House Emergency Medical Services Work Group, 2009-12; Joint Committee on the Management of Public Funds, 2011-15. House Chair, Joint Audit Committee, 2011-15. Deputy Majority Whip, 2011-15. Co-Chair, Special Joint Commission on Public Safety and Security in State and Local Correctional Facilities, 2013. Member, Regional Revitalization Work Group, 2013-15. House Chair, Howard County Delegation, 2008-10, 2011-15.
Member, Blue Ribbon Commission to Study Retiree Health-Care Funding Options, 2007-09. Presidential Elector, Maryland, 2008. Member, Interagency Steering Committee for Managing for Results, 2008-15; Girls' Services Strategic Plan Task Force, Dept. of Juvenile Services, 2010; State Interagency Coordinating Council [for Infants & Toddlers], 2010-14; P-20 Leadership Council of Maryland, 2010-15; Task Force to Study Implementing a Civil Right to Counsel in Maryland, 2013-14; Central Maryland Transit Study Group, 2014.
Legislative Assistant to U.S. Representative Bill Nelson of Florida, 1988-91.
Special Assistant to Howard County Council member, Shane E. Pendergrass, 1991-95. Legislative Assistant to Delegate Shane E. Pendergrass, Howard County, 1995. Member, Rural Legacy Technical Review Group, Department of Natural Resources, 1997; Maryland Air Quality Control Advisory Council, 1997-2002.
Member, County Council, Howard County, representing Councilmanic District 3, 1998-2006 (chair, 2001, 2003-05; chair, zoning board, 2000, 2006).
Member, Steering Committee, Governor's Smart Codes Strategy Group, 1999. Board of Trustees, Chesapeake Bay Trust, 1999-2003. Member, State Economic Growth, Resource Protection, and Planning Commission, 2000-02.
Chair, County Executive-elect Transition Team, Howard County, 2006. Member, Tourism Board, Howard County, 2007-.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, March 27, 1964. Attended Parkville High School, Parkville, Maryland; University of Maryland, College Park, B.A. (economics), 1986, B.A. (government & politics), 1986; M.P.M. (public management), 1988 (MacArthur Graduate Fellow); Georgetown University Public Policy Institute, executive certificate (juvenile justice: multi-system integration), 2008. Eagle Scout. Board of Directors, Kings Contrivance Village, Columbia, Maryland, 1994-98 (chair, 1995-98). State Director, Maryland Chapter, Sierra Club, 1996-98. Member, Legislative Committee, Maryland Association of Counties, 1998-2002. Board of Directors, Community Action Council of Howard County, Maryland, Inc., 2002-05; Advisory Board, Even-Start Family Literacy Program, 2005-07. Volunteer, NeighborRide, 2006-. Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention, 2012, 2016. Legislative Star for the Community, Behavioral Health Association of Maryland, 2008. Achievement Award, Maryland Association of Community Services, 2008. Maryland Tourism Advocate Award, Maryland Tourism Council, 2009. Jim Greenfield Compassionate Leadership Award, Arc of Howard County, 2010. Legislative Leadership Award, Maryland Association of Community Services, 2012. Special Recognition Award, Maryland Legal Services Corporation, 2013. Legislative Champion Award, Maryland Association of Community Services, 2014. President's Award, Arc of Howard County, 2014. Public Service Award, Arc of Baltimore, 2014. Legislative Award, Arc of Maryland, 2014. Legislator of the Year Award, Maryland Access to Justice Commission, 2014. Outstanding Legislative Leadership Award, Arc of Maryland, 2015, 2016. Legislative Champion Award, Maryland Association of Community Services, 2015. Legislative Superhero Award, Community Behavioral Health Association of Maryland, 2016. Humanitarian Award, Howard County Community Action Council, 2017. Award of Special Recognition, Maryland Legal Services Corporation, 2017. Legislator of the Year Award, Mental Health Association of Maryland, 2018. Community Engagement Award, Phillips Programs for Children and Families, 2018.
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