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'Running a Major American City in Tough Political and Economic Times'

Release date: October 05, 2012

Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake will give a talk titled "Running a Major American City in Tough Political and Economic Times" on Friday, October 5, at 7:30 p.m.in Hyman Forum of the Athenaeum.

This event—part of Goucher's 2012 Family Weekend—is free, but reservations must be made at www.goucher.edu/tickets or by calling 410-337-6333.

Rawlings-Blake was sworn in as Baltimore's 49th mayor in February 2010 after her predecessor Sheila Dixon resigned among scandal. In November 2011, Rawlings-Blake was elected to her first full term as mayor, receiving 87 percent of the vote in the General Election. She has focused her administration on growing Baltimore's population by 10,000 families over the next decade by improving public safety and education and by strengthening city neighborhoods.

A lifelong Baltimorean—and the daughter of the late longtime Maryland State Delegate Howard Peters "Pete" Rawlings—Rawlings-Blake began serving the city at age 25, when she became 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 Northwest Baltimore. She then was elected and served as Baltimore City Council president from January 2007 to February 2010.

As council president, she chaired the city's Board of Estimates, which conducts formal hearings on city agencies' operating and capital budget requests, awards contracts, and supervises all purchasing by the city government.

From 1998 to 2006, Rawlings-Blake was an attorney with the Baltimore Office of the Public Defender. She is a member of the Federal Bar Association and the Maryland State Bar Association.

She serves in leadership positions in the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM). In 2010, Rawlings-Blake was elected by her fellow mayors to the USCM Board of Trustees. She is also a member of the Mayor's Water Council and the Criminal and Social Justice Standing Committee.

Rawlings-Blake has served on numerous boards and commissions, including the Baltimore Convention and Tourism Board; Baltimore Museum of Art; National Aquarium in Baltimore; Baltimore Substance Abuse Systems, Inc.; Living Classrooms Foundation; Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore; and the Parks and People Foundation.

She is a 1988 graduate of Baltimore's Western High School, and in 1992 she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Oberlin College. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1995.