Calvin Ball Biography

The Honorable Dr. Calvin Ball was re-elected in 2014 to his third term serving District Two which includes portions of Columbia, Elkridge, Ellicott City, Hanover and Jessup and currently serves as the Council’s Vice Chair. He made history in 2006 when elected youngest Council Chairperson in Howard County history.

As a community advocate and elected official, Dr. Ball promotes economic and social justice and serves as a champion for all. Since taking office, he helped transition Howard County to a smoke-free community and establish healthier nutritional standards in our County buildings.  Dr. Ball is also a strong advocate for revitalizing our older neighborhoods and has promoted innovative programs that reinvest in aging housing stock.  He supports our seniors and those wishing to age in place. Dr. Ball is also an environmental stalwart and has sponsored legislation that protects our environment, enhances and encourages renewable energy and reduces our carbon footprint.

Recognizing the value of minority-owned, women-owned, and disadvantaged-owned businesses play in our economy, he has supported, encouraged and enhanced MBE opportunities within the County contracting process.  He also sponsored legislation establishing a living wage requirement for employees of contractors and subcontractors of Howard County.  Building on his legislative leadership, Dr. Ball advocated for equal opportunities for hiring and promotion practices for women and minorities in Howard County.  He established the first Money Matters Fair in Howard County, empowering residents make smart financial decisions and invest wisely. He initiated the first Men’s Health & FitnessFest, promoting health and wellness in Howard County and established a partnership to host a Hope for Homeless 5k, where proceeds benefited our local Day Resource Center, managed by Grassroots and helps end homelessness. Overall, Dr. Ball remains dedicated to making our community a better, brighter place for future generations
Dr. Ball has been honored with numerous awards including the Michaeline R. Fedder Award for Public Health Legislator of 2015, the Marilyn J. Praisner Public Service Award, Daily Record’s 2014 Very Important Professionals Successful by 40 Award, William Donald Schaeffer Helping People Award, Louis Goldstein Award for Democratic Spirit, the Kittleman Award for Legislative Leadership, Community Champion of the Year Award, Jenkins Odoms, Jr., Freedom Fighter Award, Richard C. McCauley Transformative Leader Award, Humanitarian Award, and 2018 Senator James Clark Award.
Dr. Ball holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Religion from Towson State University, Master of Arts in Legal and Ethical Studies from the University of Baltimore, where he was nominated for the Spirit of Excellence Award, and Doctor of Education from Morgan State University.

He and his wife, Shani D. Ball, R.N., B.S.N., are the proud parents of two children who attend our Howard County Public Schools.