Running for Reelection to the College Park City Council. Current District 4 City Council Member. Local Small Business Manager.
"Serving as your council member has been an honor of a lifetime and our work is not yet done."
Denise and her family moved to Collee Park in 1975 and this is home and she continues to reside living in a wonderful community, College Park Woods. Denise worked in the field of Early Childhood Education for approximately thirty years and has retired to run her own educational consultant firm. Denise served on the Council from 2009-2013 and Mayor Pro Tem from 2013-215. Denise represents the city in various leadership roles: President-Elect- Maryland Municipal League, member of the Board of Directors for Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, Vice-Chair for the College Park City-University Partnership Education Committee.
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Denise received her undergraduate degree from The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers University and her Masters Degree in Early Childhood from the University of the District of Columbia.
While on Council Denise has created initiatives as having local caption streamed during Mayor and Council Meetings, Aging in Place Task Force, discussion on affordable housing, creating a Youth Advisory Council to name a few. Denise looks forward to another term to working on quality-of-life issues, creating a thriving economy, quality schools with school construction plans and getting back to the basics. Denise’s theme is "EQUITABLY TRANSFORMING THE ECONOMY FOR EVERYONE."
Why I'm Running
In this next term, I’ll work hard to ensure we have strong economic support and resources for our local businesses. Through a collaborative relationship with the Prince George’s County Council, Maryland General Assembly, and University of Maryland, we can bring about strong economic development through tax credits for long-term residents, individuals with electric cars, and other initiatives executed as One College Park and it won’t just stop at that.
My desire to seek re-election comes down to three primary drives: supporting the community through economic development, strategically and empathetically addressing community concerns, and supporting the community by being One College Park.
Community is at the center of the work that I have done and I am excited to continue to build our community as we reach One College Park, together.
Working for College Park as a Council Member
Since 1975, I have called College Park my home. I’ve built many memories with my friends and family in our neighborhoods. In 2009, I decided to run for City Council because I wanted to further my commitment to the community that I have enjoyed for many decades.
Since then I have worked with our neighbors to make our city council more accessible through efforts like closed captions for council meetings, a business roundtable, and various efforts surrounding affordable housing.
I have been a champion for our education-focused efforts with the College Park City-University Partnership, created a faith based council, led the way to the city recognizing that Black Lives Matter, and continue to support our efforts to be one College Park.
Serving as your council member has been an honor of a lifetime and our work is not yet done.
My Leadership Experience
Working with my colleagues this past year taught us a lot about the importance of thinking pro-actively and with an innovative mindset while keeping community interests at the heart of every decision.
As we look ahead, I’m excited to continue to work with the rest of my councilmember colleagues and Mayor Wojahn to support the community as we come out of this pandemic.
Working together, as experienced leaders, we know that we’re not out of the woods yet with the COVID-19 pandemic. We have more to do to support our community, especially our diverse district.