Melony Griffith spent six years in the Maryland House of Delegates before being elected to the Maryland Senate in 2018. She represents District 25, in central Prince George’s County, and in 2020 was the first African American woman elected as President Pro Tempore in the senate.
A former clinical social worker, Griffith completed the Community Health Leadership Program though the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at the Morehouse School of Medicine, in Atlanta. She has spent much of her career in the field of public health.
What is the most valuable habit you have developed?
I have found making time to research issues to be a valuable habit. Carefully analyzing documents, reports and legislation is helpful in obtaining critical background information prior to advancing proposals. Time and again, unintended consequences of a proposal will come to light through this process. Where written materials are not available, meeting with key stakeholders, supporters and opponents of an issue can enhance the research process.
What is the biggest challenge facing government leaders in Maryland?
The biggest challenge facing government leaders is protecting public safety and providing a structure that supports a robust economy which includes academic preparation and skills training, and considers diversity, equity and inclusion.