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The Hon. Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

Council of Mayors


The Hon. Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is a Member of the Council of Mayors at RIDGE-LANE LP.

Veteran Democratic politician Stephanie Rawlings-Blake served as Baltimore’s 49th Mayor. She was previously the youngest person ever elected to Baltimore’s City Council.  Mayor Rawlings-Blake was also elected Secretary of the Democratic National Committee in 2013, and presided, as Secretary of the 2016 Democratic National Convention, over Hillary Clinton’s nomination.

As mayor, the hallmarks of Rawlings-Blake’s administration in Baltimore have included strong fiscal stewardship, regulatory reform, trusted leadership, smart development, sustainability, and enriching programs to improve the lives of residents and to attract and retain entrepreneurs and businesses.

In part due to her achievements as Baltimore’s mayor, in 2015 Mayor Rawlings-Blake became the first African-American woman, and the first Baltimorean, elected as president of the United States Conference of Mayors, the official nonpartisan organization for cities with populations of 30,000 or more.

Mayor Rawlings-Blake has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades including The First Citizen Award (Maryland State Senate), "Maryland’s Top 100 Women” Honoree (The Maryland Daily Record - 2007 & 2011), “50 Women to Watch” Honoree (The Baltimore Sun, 2013), and the Shirley Chisholm Memorial Award Trailblazer (The National Congress of Black Women).

A trailblazing leader, strategist, and advocate, Mayor Rawlings-Blake speaks on a wide range of important and timely issues including Women in Leadership, Social Justice, Fiscal Management and Effective Leadership in Turbulent Times.  She attended Oberlin College in Ohio, graduating with a B.A. in political science. She later returned to Baltimore to attend the University of Maryland School of Law, where she earned her Juris Doctor degree.

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