Abena Affum-McAllister

Daily Record Staff//August 24, 2022

Abena Affum-McAllister

By Daily Record Staff

//August 24, 2022

Abena Affum-McAllister

Director of Criminal Justice Reform Initiatives

Office of the State’s Attorney for Charles County

With a lifelong passion for community advocacy, Abena Affum-McAllister is an activist whose efforts are well known for producing permanent and meaningful results for underserved communities. She is the director of criminal justice reform initiatives for the Office of the State’s Attorney for Charles County.

Her career includes working as director of stakeholder engagement on the Pyxis Partners All of Us research program team, board member for Emerge Maryland, council member for Planned Parenthood Advocates for D.C., Maryland, and Northern Virginia, and deputy secretary of the Maryland Democratic Party.

What do you think is the No. 1 challenge working women face?

Equal Pay – It’s 2022, and women still earn less than men.

What do you consider your most significant professional accomplishment to be?

My greatest professional achievement would have to be founding and leading Women of Action Charles County. Since its inception, the organization has been a force in the community, and as a result, I have seen my neighborhood transform not only for women but the entire community.

By harnessing their talents via community service, many women who volunteered have gone on to establish careers, launch businesses, and run for political office. Outside of my family, my proudest achievement will always be seeing women develop and move into their purpose through the organization.

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's Leading Women awards. Information for this profile was sourced from the honoree's application for the award.


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