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James Campbell

MD. STATE PRESIDENT, AARP

campbell-jim-larger-1Campbell joined the AARP Executive Council after a long career in public affairs. From 2003 to 2017, he served as senior manager at Johns Hopkins University School of Education, working in both communications and government relations. He arranged for presentations by leading education experts before policy-making committees and brought together some of the top scholars in the country to present their research on equality of educational opportunity.

Beginning in 1979, Campbell served for 24 years in the Maryland House of Delegates. For eight of those years, he chaired an education policy committee and helped to pass important policy initiatives, including additional funding for schools and legislation supporting teachers and principals.

For the past decade, Campbell has been a regular contributor of opinion pieces for the Baltimore Sun and The Washington Post on topical education issues such as the importance of early childhood programs, inequality in education and the importance of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Campbell is a member of the Sierra Club, Greenpeace, AARP, Nature Conservancy, Baltimore Museum of Art, the Walters Art Museum and Hampden Family Center.

What’s been your biggest success?

Serving in the Maryland House of Delegates for 24 years and working to improve the lives of all Marylanders.

Who have been the biggest mentors in your career?

Benjamin Cardin, Linda Eberhart, Maggie McIntosh and Mary Pat Clarke

This profile is part of The Daily Record's Power 100 list for 2021. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. See the full list at thedailyrecord.com or in our digital edition.