Dr. Mary Washington is a member of the Maryland’s House of Delegates, representing the 43rd Legislative District (including much of NE Baltimore, the Loyola University community, and part of the Johns Hopkins University community). She was elected to this position in 2010, and reelected to a second term in 2014. She currently serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, the Joint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families; and the Regional Revitalization Work Group. In addition, she is a member of Women Legislators of Maryland and the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland.
A native of Philadelphia and a proud graduate of the Philadelphia High School for Girls (Girls’ High), Delegate Washington earned a PhD and MA in Sociology from Johns Hopkins University in 1997. She wrote her dissertation on the historical and social demography of the 19th and early 20th centuries, specializing in population statistics and the social and empirical construction of race, class and gender. She began her academic career as an assistant professor at Lehigh University (Bethlehem, PA) and is currently a member of the part-time faculty at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).
Over the course of her professional career, Delegate Washington has initiated and managed complex projects and program among the various private and public sector stakeholders of Baltimore City and the State of Maryland. Washington’s professional and volunteer activities focus on urban environmental education, equality for all, and improving the quality of life and sustainability of Baltimore neighborhoods. Her volunteer work often includes negotiating solutions and developing opportunities for collaboration among academic institutions, foundations, community-based civic, local and state government agencies, residents and business owners, and researchers and policymakers. From 2003-2005, she acted as president of the Abell Improvement Association.
Currently, Delegate Washington serves on the Board of Directors of The Parks & People Foundation, the Baltimore Heritage organization, and the Baltimore City Commission on Sustainability. She is currently a member of the Baltimore Green Jobs Coalition, the Ednor Gardens-Lakeside Community Association, the Greater Baltimore Black Chamber of Commerce, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)-Baltimore City.