Deb has lived in Columbia for more than 35 years along with her husband, Ben. This is where they raised their now grown-and-flown daughter, Alyssa, a proud Wilde Lake graduate (Go Cats!).

Deb graduated from Severna Park High School and 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, she was a private practice attorney providing legal advice, training, and consulting to nonprofit organizations throughout Maryland. Earlier in her career, she was a litigation associate at Whiteford, Taylor & Preston in Baltimore; 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.

A longtime community leader, she served as Co-Chair of the Howard County Sesquicentennial Celebration Committee; Co-Chair of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission; as well as a five-year member of the Howard County Human Rights Commission. She helped found and served as President of 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, she was an active parent volunteer in the Howard County Public Schools System (HCPSS). Deb served two years as the Booster Club President at Wilde Lake High School and was a member of the HCPSS School Health Council. She also helped lead the Start School Later effort to change start times for Howard County high-school students.

She has been active in the women's rights movement for decades, having worked for the National Organization for Women in the 80s and is an outspoken advocate for our environment, public schools, and aging community.


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