Born in Baltimore, Maryland, October 6, 1964. Attended Western High School, Baltimore; Duke University, A.B. (history), 1986; University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 1991. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1991. Law clerk to Judge Mabel E. H. Hubbard, Baltimore City Circuit Court, 1991-93. Attorney. Member, American Bar Association (vice-chair, children & the law committee, 1995). Financial consultant, Merrill, Lynch, Pierce, Fenner, & Smith, 1988-90. President, Alliance of Black Women Attorneys, 1994-95. Toll Fellow, Council of State Governments, 2000. Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention, 2004, 2008, 2012. Member, Baltimore City Democratic Central Committee, 2006-. Member, Women’s International Bowling Congress. Legislator Recognition Award, Maryland Association of Counties, 2000. Member, First Baptist Church of Baltimore (Sunday school teacher, gospel choir).