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Senator Verna Jones-Rodwell, a lifelong resident of Baltimore, is a nationally known political figure and community economic development professional with over 30 years of volunteer and professional experience in leadership development, political advocacy, economic prosperity and comprehensive community building.

After a distinguished career in the non-profit and public sectors, in 1998, she founded and currently serves as president and CEO of Collaborative Solutions (CS), a consulting and training firm specializing in leadership development, multi-sector collaboration management, and negotiations skills strengthening, strategic planning and organization development. The firm assists public, private and non-profit organizations and institutions to effectively engage in extensive community development, public policy development and resource mobilization activities.

Senator Jones-Rodwell is a proven fiscal legislative leader and team player. She was elected in 1998 to represent Baltimore City's 44th Legislative District in the House of Delegates of the Maryland General Assembly and appointed to the Appropriations Committee. After a successful term in the House, she was overwhelmingly elected by the District to serve as its first African-American female Senator.

 

Her legislative experiences include serving as:

  • Senior Member of "the powerful" Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, Chair of Pensions Sub-Committee
  • Senate Chair, Joint Committees on Management of Public Funds and Pensions
  • Member of the Joint Committees on: Audits (Former Chair), Federal Relations and Children, Youth and Families.
  • Chair, Baltimore City Senate Delegation
  • Secretary and Second Vice President of the Women Legislators of Maryland, Inc.
  • Former Chair of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland

Senator Jones-Rodwell is an active member or has served with several national and regional organizations including:

  • Alzheimer's Association, National Board Member
  • National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) Executive Committee, Co-Chair, NCSL International Task Force
  • National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL), Former Executive Board Member
  • National Organization of Black Elected Women (NOBEL Women), Former Chair, Transportation Committee
  • Council of State Governments (CSG) International Committee


Education

  • Graduate of Baltimore City Public School System, Baltimore, MD
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
  • Master of Public Administration, Bernard M. Baruch College, City University of New York, NY
  • Certificate of Completion, Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program, Harvard University's John F Kennedy School of Government, Boston, MA
  • Graduate of Foreign Policy Studies Institute for State Legislators - Center for Women Policy Studies (CWPS), Washington, DC


Honors and Awards include:

  • Award of Excellence, Maryland Women for Responsible Government
  • Dedicated Service Award, Woman Power, Inc Helen S. Schulze Award for the Advancement of Alzheimer's Research, Alzheimer's Association
  • Henry Toll Fellowship, Council of State Governments
  • Living Women History Makers' Award, National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc.
  • Maryland's Top 100 Women ,Circle of Excellence, Daily Record
  • National Urban Fellow (NUF)
  • Verda F. Welcome Award, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc


Personal

Senator Jones-Rodwell is married to Dr. Gary D. Rodwell, has one son Julian Alexander Walker-Rodwell. She is a member of Payne Memorial African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Authority of: Friends of Verna L. Jones, Osborne B. Dixon, Jr.,Treasurer