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About Denise

Current Mayor Pro Tem and 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."

About Denise

My family and I moved to College Park in 1975 and have called this city home ever since. For several years, I have been living in the wonderful community of College Park Woods. I worked in the field of Early Childhood Education for approximately thirty years and now run my own educational consultant firm. 


I first began my time on the City Council in 2009, where I served for 6 years, including as Mayor Pro Tem. After a term off from the Council, I re-joined in 2017 and am currently serving as Mayor Pro Tem once again. Outside of College Park, I represent our city in various leadership roles including as President of the Maryland Municipal League, on the board of the National League of Cities, a member of the Board of Directors for Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, and as Vice-Chair for the College Park City-University Partnership Education Committee. 

Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I received my undergraduate degree from The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers University and my Masters Degree in Early Childhood from the University of the District of Columbia. 

While on the City Council, I have created initiatives with our partners such as having local captions streamed during Council Meetings, helped start the Aging in Place Task Force, held a discussion on affordable housing, and created a Youth Advisory Council to name a few. I look forward to serving as Mayor and working on quality-of-life issues, creating a thriving economy, and supporting quality schools.

As Mayor Pro Tem

As Mayor Pro Tem, 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 guiding principles come down to three: 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. 

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 to support the community.

Using my State-wide network and experience will be beneficial for the City, and I plan on utilizing my history of public service to advance our city, maintain our diversity, and propel our efforts to be more economically friendly to all.

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