President, U.S. Conference of Mayors, 2015-16 (criminal & social justice standing committee; tourism, arts, parks, entertainment & sports standing committee; mayors' water council; poverty, work & opportunity task force; advisory board, 2010-11; trustee, 2011-14; executive committee, 2011-16; vice-president, 2014-15). Secretary, National Conference of Democratic Mayors, 2011.
Co-Chair, Westside Task Force, Baltimore City, 2011-.
President, City Council, Baltimore, January 22, 2007 to February 4, 2010. Member, City Council, Baltimore, December 1995 to February 2010 (representing district 5, 1995-2004; representing district 6, 2004-07; vice-president, 1999-2007). Former member, Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Committee (public safety subcommittee). Past chair, Budget and Appropriations Committee.
Chair, Board of Estimates, Baltimore City, 2007-10. Member, Fort George G. Meade Regional Growth Management Committee, 2007-10; Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, Baltimore City, 2007-. Member, Human Services Commission, Baltimore City.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, March 17, 1970. Attended Western High School, Baltimore; Oberlin College, B.S. (political science), 1992; University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 1995. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1996; Federal Bar, 1997. Administrative law attorney, Legal Aid Bureau, 1997-98. Staff attorney, Office of Public Defender, 1998-2006. Member, Maryland State Bar Association; Federal Bar Association. Member, Baltimore City Democratic Central Committee, 1990-98. Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention, 2000, 2012. Member, Legislative Committee, Maryland Association of Counties, 2007-. Board of Trustees, Walters Art Museum, 2007-. Board of Directors, Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, 2010-; Maryland Municipal League, 2010-. Secretary, Democratic National Committee, 2013-. Board of Directors, CollegeBound Foundation; Visit Baltimore (formerly Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association); Greater Northwest Community Coalition; Living Classrooms Foundation; Maryland Science Center; National Aquarium in Baltimore; Park Heights Community Health Alliance; Parks and People Foundation. Member, Epsilon Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Maryland's Top 100 Women, Daily Record, 2007, 2011. Shirley Chisholm Memorial Award Trailblazer, Washington, DC Chapter, National Congress of Black Women, 2009. Innovator of the Year, Daily Record, 2010. Award of Excellence, Fullwood Foundation, 2010. National Leadership Award in Public Service, National Forum for Black Public Administrators, 2012. First Citizen Award, Maryland Senate, 2013. 50 Women to Watch, Baltimore Sun, 2013. ICONS We Love Award, Baltimore Black Pride, 2013. Top 10 Best-Dressed Mayors, Vanity Fair, 2014. Member, Douglas Memorial Community Church, Baltimore. Married; one child.
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