I've lived in Columbia for 35 years along with my husband, Ben, and my now grown-and-flown daughter, Alyssa. I graduated from Severna Park High School, and I 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, I was a private practice attorney providing legal advice, training, and consulting to nonprofit organizations throughout Maryland. Earlier in my career, I 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, I 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. I 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 my community work, I was an active parent volunteer in the Howard County Public Schools System (HCPSS). I served two years as the Booster Club President at Wilde Lake High School and was a member of the HCPSS School Health Council. I also helped lead the Start School Later effort to change start times for Howard County high school students.

I have been active in the women rights movement for decades, having worked for the National Organization for Women in the 80’s and am an outspoken advocate for the environment, our public schools, and our aging community.


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