Member, Transportation Task Force, 2003; Capital Debt Affordability Committee, 2003-19; Maryland Education Council, Education Commission of the States, 2004- (steering committee, 2005-); Maryland Commission on Capital Punishment, 2008; Small Business Task Force, 2009; Governor's Commission on Small Business, 2010-14; Task Force to Study the Impact of Adjunct Faculty on Graduation Rates at Historically Black Institutions, 2011-13; Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee, 2011-19; Special Review Committee on Coppin State University, 2012-13; Legislative Advisory Council, 2014-17, Southern Regional Education Board; P-20 Leadership Council of Maryland, 2015-19; Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education, 2016-19. Member, External Advisory Board, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland Baltimore County, 2016-; State House Trust, 2019-.
Member, COVID-19 Small Business Task Force, Baltimore City, 2020-.
Former panelist, Board of Education, Baltimore County. Director, Office of Minority Affairs, Baltimore County, 1989-95. Member, Trial Court Judicial Nominating Commission, 3rd Commission District, 1991-95. Director, Office of Fair Practices and Community Affairs, Baltimore County, 1995-2011. Deputy Director, Office of Human Resources, Baltimore County, 2011-14.
Born in Cowdensville, Maryland, November 20, 1954. Attended Baltimore County public schools; Lansdowne Senior High School, Baltimore, Maryland; University of Maryland Baltimore County, B.A. (psychology), 1976. Attended national security seminar, U.S. Army War College, 2007. Part-time columnist, The Baltimore Times, 1990-2000. Board member, Friends of Benjamin Banneker Historical Park, 1987-97. Member, Woman Power, Inc., 1987-; Liberty/Randallstown Coalition, 1995-97. Board member, Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland, 2002; Political and Community Action Commission, 2003; We Are Family Community Development Center, 2003. Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention, 2008, 2012, 2020. Board of Directors, Maryland State Fair and Agricultural Society, 2016-. Board member, American Cancer Society. Member, Baltimore County Leadership Alumni Board; National Forum for Black Public Administrators; Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc.; Coalition Opposed to Violence and Extremism (COVE); Coalition of 100 Black Women; Tenth District Democratic Club. Former panelist, Baltimore County Bar Association. Former mentor, Partnership for Success Program, Deer Park Elementary School. Former member, Baltimore County Democratic Central Committee. Community Services Award, Baltimore Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, 1991. Citizens Award, Baltimore County Police Department, 1993. Award of Appreciation for Outstanding Services to the Asian/Indian Community, 1993. Valued Hours Award, The Fullwood Foundation, 1995. Award of Appreciation, Baltimore County Branch, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 1996. Meritorious Service Award, National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc., 1996. Governor's Certificate of Merit for outstanding contributions in field of victims' rights and services, 1997. Delegate of the Year, Maryland State's Attorneys' Association, 1998. Parren J. Mitchell Award, Maryland Association of Equal Opportunity Professionals, 1999. Service Above Self Award for Outstanding Public Service, Woodlawn/Westview Rotary, 1999. Living Legacy Award, Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, 2001. Award of Excellence, Women in Government Services, 2003. Outstanding Alumna of the Year, University of Maryland Baltimore County, 2003. Maryland's Top 100 Women, Daily Record, 2002, 2004, 2007 (Circle of Excellence). Honorary Doctor of Law Degree, Goucher College, 2008. John R. Hargreaves Distinguished Legislative Fellow Award, Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, Salisbury University, 2012. President's Award, University of Baltimore, 2015. Outstanding Service Award, Board of Trustees, University of Maryland College Park Foundation, 2015. Distinguished Woman Honoree, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, 2016. Louis S. Diggs Award, Baltimore County Government, 2017. Casper R. Taylor, Jr. Founder's Award, House of Delegates, 2019. 25 Women to Watch, Baltimore Sun, 2019. Power 100 List, Daily Record, 2021. Board of Stewards, Union Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Randallstown, Maryland, 2003. Two sons, two grandchildren.
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