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wilkerson-alicemf-11Alice Wilkerson

Government Affairs Associate
Public Policy Partners

Alice Wilkerson joined the Annapolis lobbying firm Public Policy Partners in 2016 after running state Sen. Jamie Raskin’s successful campaign for Congress to succeed Chris Van Hollen.

Wilkerson made a name for herself in Maryland’s political world during her 10 years as chief of staff to Raskin, a Montgomery County Democrat. From 2007 to 2016, she helped guide more than 100 bills into law, focusing on such issues as civil rights, environmental protections, criminal justice reform and fair housing.

Wilkerson, who earned a bachelor’s in political science at Salisbury University and a master’s in philosophy and social policy at George Washington University, said it was difficult to single out a single piece of legislation as her proudest achievement. But she mentioned a pair of Raskin-led bills that strengthened Maryland’s drunk-driving laws as especially meaningful.

The first was a 2011 bill requiring mandatory ignition locks for repeat drunk drivers; the second, a 2016 bill requiring anyone driving drunk in Maryland to have an ignition interlock on their vehicle, regardless of their blood alcohol content or prior history.

The bills meant a lot to her, she said, because her older brother was killed by a drunk driver in Ocean City when she was a child.

“…These bills have saved lives, dramatically changed people’s lives for the better, and made Maryland a better state to live in,” she said.

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