Board of Trustees

The Honorable Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

Photo of The Honorable Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

Why I am a trustee:  I am a trustee because education is important to me.

Graduated from:  Oberlin (1992) and University of Maryland School of Law (1995)

Profession:  Mayor of Baltimore

When I was in college I studied:  Political Science

Today I wish I had studied: History

Favorite book:  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Favorite film: To Kill a Mockingbird

Favorite cuisine: Soul Food

Role model: Barbara Jordan

Education/Career Advice for Students:  Stay focused on your future and protect it.


Rawlings-Blake served as City Council President from January 2007 to February 2010.  She was first elected to the City Council in 1995 at the age of 25 - the youngest person ever elected to the Baltimore City Council.  She represented the Council's 5th district from 1995 to 2004 and the 6th District from 2004 to 2007, serving communities throughout West and North Baltimore.  As Council President, she chaired the City's Board of Estimates, which supervises all purchasing by the city.  From 1998 to 2006, Rawlings-Blake was an attorney with the Baltimore Office of the Public Defender.  

In 2013, she was awarded the First Citizen Award by the Maryland State Senate, a top honor for dedicated and effective participants in the process of making government work for the benefit of all.  She was selected by The Daily Record as one of "Maryland's Top 100 Women" in 2007 and 2011. The National Congress of Black Women named her a Shirley Chisholm Memorial Award Trailblazer.  The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs named her one of Batlimore's "Young Women on the Move."

Rawlings Blake is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Epsilon Omega Chapter and a former at-large member of the Alliance of Black Women Attorneys. She has served on numerous boards and commissions, including the Baltimore Convention and Tourism Board; the Baltimore Museum of Art; the National Aquarium in Baltimore; Baltimore Substance Abuse Systems, Inc., Living Classrooms Foundation; the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore; and Parks and People Foundation.