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Deb Jung Biography

Deb Jung has lived in Columbia for 35 years along with her husband Ben and her now grown and flown daughter, Alyssa. She graduated from Severna Park High School, obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Duke University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland School of Law.

Prior to serving on the County Council, Deb was an attorney with her own private practice providing legal advice, training, and consulting to nonprofit organizations throughout Maryland. Her career included employment as a litigation associate at Whiteford Taylor Preston in Baltimore, Maryland, General Counsel to the Close-Up Foundation, a civic education organization for high school students and teachers, and General Counsel to the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations in Baltimore.

Deb has been active in the women rights movement for decades, having worked for the National Organization for Women in the 80’s, and is an outspoken advocate for the environment, our public schools, and our aging community. A longtime community leader, Deb served as Co-Chair of the Howard County Sesquicentennial Celebration Committee, Co-Chair of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission, and was a five-year member of the Howard County Human Rights Commission. Deb also served as President and helped found the Executive’s Charity for the Arts, which was established to raise money for arts-related scholarships for Howard County residents.

In addition to her community work, Deb was also an active parent volunteer in the Howard County Public Schools System (HCPSS), having spent many hours assisting with PTA activities and serving two years as the Booster Club President at Wilde Lake High School. She was a member of the HCPSS School Health Council and helped lead the Start School Later effort in Howard County to change high start times for Howard County High School students.

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