Former Senator Verna L. Jones-Rodwell

District 44


Senator Verna L. Jones-Rodwell
TenureFirst elected to the Senate in 2002. Member of the Senate from January 8, 2003 to January 14, 2015, representing District 44, Baltimore City.
Party Affiliation
Democrat
Past Senate Service
2011
Joint Committee on the Selection of the State Treasurer
2008-2010
Vice Chair, Public Safety, Transportation and Environment Subcommittee of the Budget and Taxation Committee
2008-2010
Chair, Joint Audit Committee
Past House Service
1999-2003
Appropriations Committee
1999-2003
Education and Economic Development Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee
1999-2003
Oversight Committee on Pensions of the Appropriations Committee
1999-2003
Oversight Committee on Program Open Space and Agricultural Land Preservation of the Appropriations Committee
Public Service
2008-2011
Co-Chair, Task Force to Study Prison Violence in Maryland
2010-2012
Task Force on Prisoner Re-Entry
2010
Alzheimer's Workgroup, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
2008-2010
Maryland Business Tax Reform Commission
2008-2015
Economic Development, Transportation, and Cultural Affairs Committee, Southern Legislative Conference
2008
Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention
2007-2015
Executive Committee, National Conference of State Legislators
2007-2008
Vice Chair, Labor and Economic Development Committee, National Conference of State Legislators
2007-2015
Chair, Economic Development Committee, National Organization of Black Elected Legislators
2006-2008
Chair, Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, Inc.
2004-2006
First Vice Chair, Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, Inc.
2002-2004
Second Vice Chair, Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, Inc.
2007-2015
Labor and Economic Development Committee, National Conference of State Legislators
2005-2007
Task Force to Study Identity Theft
2002-2007
Vice Chair, Economic Development, Trade, and Cultural Affairs Committee, National Conference of State Legislators
2004-2005
Co-Chair, Task Force on Lending Equity within Financial Institutions Providing State Depository Services
2003-2004
Executive Board, Women Legislators of Maryland
2003
Governor's Commission on Minority Business Enterprise Reform: Chair, Access to Capital Committee
2002-2003
Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, Southern Legislative Conference
1999-2002
International Affairs Committee, Council of State Governments
2001-2003
Historically Black Colleges and Universities Committee, Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, Inc.
2000-2001
Maryland Competitive Advantage Financing Fund Workgroup
2000-2001
Redistricting Committee, Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, Inc.
2000-2003
Chair, Economic Development Committee, Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, Inc.
2000-
Education Committee, Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, Inc.
2000
Transit Policy Panel
1999-2000
Commission on Education Finance, Equity, and Excellence
1990-1996
Chair, Maryland Public Policy Committee, National Black Women's Health Project
1986
National Urban Rural Fellowship
Liaison Work Group, Baltimore City Delegation
2009-2015
State Center Executive Committee
2012-2013
Secretary, Women Legislators of Maryland
2013-2014
2nd Vice President, Women Legislators of Maryland
Memberships
2001-2009
Alzheimer's Association of Greater Maryland
2004-
Board of Directors, Martha's Place
2002-2015
Advisory Board, University of Maryland School of Social Work
2002-
President and Founder, Community Building Network
2001-
Baltimore Heritage, Inc.
1999-2001
Joseph Fund Board
1993-2000
Board of Directors, Druid Heights Community Development Corporation
1999-
Westside Renaissance, Inc.
1999
Board of Directors, Fleming Institute for Policy Alternatives
1994-1996
President, Women Behind the Community, Inc.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
Awards
2008
Certificate of Appreciation, Maryland Municipal League
2005-2008
Maryland's Top 100 Women, Daily Record, Circle of Excellence
2007
Helen S. Schulze Award for the Advancement of Alzheimer's Research, Alzheimer's Association
2006
Dedicated Service Award, Woman Power, Inc.
2004
Living Women History Makers' Award, National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc.
2003
Henry Toll Fellowship, Council of State Governments
2003
Award of Excellence, Maryland Women for Responsible Government
2001
Verda F. Welcome Award, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Biographical Information
Born, Baltimore, Maryland, November 27, 1955
Northwestern High School, 1973
University of Maryland College Park, B.A., Urban Studies and Community Organization, 1978
Baruch College, City University of New York, M.P.A., 1987
Senior Executives in State and Local Government, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Certificate, 2005
Special Assistant to City Manager, Berkeley, California, 1986-1987
Community Development Consultant
Development Training Institute: Director of Local and Regional Programs, Coordinator of Empowerment Zone/Enterprise Communities Initiative, Director of Market Development, 1987-1997
Founder and President, Collaborative Solutions (a Maryland-based consulting and training firm), 1998-
Member, Payne Memorial African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church
Married

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