COUNTY EXECUTIVE, PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY
In November 2018, Angela Alsobrooks was elected as the eighth county executive for Prince George’s County, the state’s second-most populous, becoming the first woman to hold the position.
After graduating with her B.A. in public policy from Duke University and her J.D. from the University of Maryland Law School, Alsobrooks became an assistant state’s attorney for Prince George’s County in 1997. In 2010, she was elected as the county’s state’s attorney.
Who have been the biggest mentors in your career?
Some of the most important mentors in my life are the strong women who raised me. For example, one of my grandmothers taught me the necessity of serving others. I remember that whenever she cooked dinner for my sister and I, she would always cook extra food and pack it up in to-go containers. We would then go and hand out those containers to neighbors and community members on the streets, primarily disabled veterans, individuals suffering with mental illness or addiction, and individuals experiencing homelessness.
What are your hopes for the state or your community this year?
Prince George’s County led the state in job growth for five consecutive years until this pandemic hit. Since last March, we’ve had more than 150,000 newly unemployed residents. I’ve said before that COVID-19 will not have the final say, and I still believe that is true today. With the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines, we know the end of this pandemic is in sight.