[photo, Jamel R. (Mel) Franklin, County Council, Prince George's County, Maryland] JAMEL R. (MEL) FRANKLIN

Member, County Council, Prince George's County, At Large, since December 3, 2018 (representing District 9, Dec. 6, 2010 to Dec. 3, 2018; chair, Dec. 3, 2013 to Dec. 1, 2015). Member, Education and Workforce Development Committee, 2019-; General Assembly Committee, 2019- (vice-chair, 2019); Health, Human Services and Public Safety Committee, 2019-. Member, Health, Education and Human Services Committee, 2011-18 (vice-chair, 2013-14); Transportation, Housing and the Environment Committee, 2015, 2017-18. Member, Rules and General Assembly Committee, 2012-14. Chair, Public Safety and Fiscal Management Committee, 2016 (vice-chair, 2011-12, 2013-14). Vice-Chair, Planning, Zoning and Economic Development Committee, 2017-18 (member, 2012-14, 2016-; chair, 2012-14, 2016).

Member, Board of Health, Prince George’s County, 2010-; District Council, Prince George's County, 2010-. Board of Directors, Economic Development Corporation, Prince George's County, 2012, 2014-. Member, Prince George's Forward Task Force, 2020-21.

Member, Commission to Study Campaign Finance Law, 2011-13; Human Services and Public Safety Policy Committee, 2012-15, National Capital Region Emergency Preparedness Council, 2012-18, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Member, Task Force to Study Locating Businesses in Libraries in Prince George's County, 2013-14; 21st Century School Facilities Commission, 2016-17; Justice Reinvestment Oversight Board, 2016-18; Prince George's County School Construction Master Plan Work Group, 2018-19.

Attorney, U.S. Federal Trade Commission, 2001-05. Member, Human Relations Commission, Prince George's County, 2005-07. Board of Community College Trustees, Prince George's Community College, 2008-10.

Assistant Attorney General, Maryland Health Care Commission, 2008-10.

Born in Cheraw, South Carolina, November 30, 1975. University of South Carolina, B.A. (political science), 1998; Duke University School of Law, J.D., 2001. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 2001. Attorney. Associate, Sonnenschein, Nath, & Rosenthal, LLP, 2006-08. Member, Prince George's County Democratic Central Committee, 2005-10. Founder and president, Greater Marlboro Democratic Club, 2005-. Member, Maryland for Obama Steering Committee, 2008. Board of Directors, Indian Head Highway Area Action Council, 2009-10. Member, U.S. Census Complete Count Committee, Prince George's County, 2009-10. Leadership Greater Washington, 2015. Member, Maryland County Officials Diversity Caucus, 2015- (chair, legislative affairs committee, 2015-), Maryland Association of Counties. Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention, 2016. Past member, Executive Board, Young Democrats of Maryland. Past board member, Prince George's County Chapter, Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Member, Prince George's County Chapter, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Young Democrat of the Year, Prince George's County Young Democracts, 2006. Forty Under 40, Prince George's County Social Innovation Fund, 2013. Member, Mount Ennon Baptist Church, Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Married; two children.

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