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  Glendening, Frances Hughes
NameFrances Hughes Glendening
Address999 E. St. N.W
Washington, District of Columbia 20463, United States
Born February 12, 1951 (67 years)
ContributorU Ole Polecat
Last ModifedUser 215
Mar 13, 2005 04:45am
InfoExecutive Assistant to Commissioner Danny L. McDonald
Federal Election Commission


Juris Doctor, Catholic University School of Law, 1986

Master of Arts, University of Maryland, 1977

Bachelor of Arts, University of Maryland, 1974

Career History:

1985-Present: Federal Election Commission, Executive Assistant and Legal/Policy Advisor to a Commissioner

1984-1985: Federal Communications Commission, Law Clerk

1981-1984: Public Technology Inc., Project Manager and Research Associate/Program Director

1980-1981: Self-Employed, Consultant

1974-1980: Prince George’s County Personnel Office, Various Positions

Significant Accomplishment:

As a longtime proponent of public service as one of life’s highest callings, I am proud of the nearly 18 years I have served at the Federal Election Commission (FEC), an independent regulatory agency charged with administering and enforcing federal campaign finance laws. Throughout my tenure, the commission has struggled with difficult, complex issues as it sought to help define the delicate balance between valid governmental interests and our citizens’ constitutionally protected political activity. For me personally, it has been both rewarding and challenging to have some small part in helping to uphold and protect both citizen participation in and the viability of our democratic process.

Example of Mentoring:

Recently, there has been a significant turnover in senior staff at the Federal Election Commission, where I have worked for nearly 18 years. As a small federal agency (about 375 employees), such a large turnover has left a rather conspicuous, agency-wide gap in experience, knowledge, etc. Fortunately, there is a cadre of talented professionals who undoubtedly can fill this gap with training, guidance and encouragement from those with a longer tenure at the commission. To this end, I have made it a high priority to help ensure these dedicated professionals can manage the agency effectively to meet future challenges by building upon the foundation laid by their predecessors. In part this is accomplished by making a concerted effort to work with them on select projects and task forces.

Officer/Board Membership in Professional/Business/Trade Organizations:

2001-Present: Board of Directors, American Council of Young Political Leaders; 2000-Present: Editorial Board, White House Studies; 1997-Present: Vice President and National Board of Directors, National First Ladies’ Library; 2000-2001: Chair, Spouses’ Leadership Group, National Governor’s Association; 1999-2000: Chair, The Governor’s Task Force on the Preservation and Enhancement of Maryland’s Heritage Resources; 1999-2000: Vice Chair, Spouses’ Leadership Group, NGA; 1993-1997: University of Maryland James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership

Officer/Board Membership in Civic/Nonprofit Organizations:

2002-Present: Board of Directors, Olney Theatre Center for the Arts; 2002-Present: Board of Directors, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts; 2000-2001: Honorary Chair, Governor’s Council on the Status of Girls; 1994-Present: Founder and President, Women of Achievement in Maryland History Inc.; 1992-Present: Co-Founder and Board of Directors, Prince George’s County Community Crisis Services; 1999-2000: Honorary Chair, “Caring for Every Child’s Mental Health,” Statewide Campaign; 1993-1994: Founder and President, Women of Achievement in Prince George’s County Inc.; 1992-1999: Co-Founder and Board of Directors, Prince George’s Community Foundations Inc.; 1984-1998: Board of Directors and Planning Committee Chair, Hospice of Prince George’s County Inc.


2002: Prince George’s Citizen of the Year; 2000: Maryland Psychiatry Society Award; 1999: National Mental Health Association President’s Award; 1999: Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, First Lady of the Arts Award; 1999: The National Conference for Community and Justice Brotherhood/Sisterhood Award; 1999, 2001: The Daily Record, Maryland’s Top 100 Women; 1998: Maryland Mental Health Association, Distinguished Service Award; 1998: On Our Own of Maryland Inc., Statewide Anti-Stigma Project Award; 1998: Prince George’s County Arts Council, Arts and Business Award; 1998: Lavinia Eagle Tribute, Community Psychiatric Clinic Award; 1996: Prince George’s Family Crisis Center Award; 1996: Prince George’s County Women’s Hall of Fame Induction; 1995: Washington College, Doctor of Public Service, Honorary Degree; 1995: Prince George’s Community Foundation, Woman of the Year; 1995: Montgomery County Hospice Caring Inc., Woman of the Year

Personal Accomplishment:

In addition to raising my son, now 23, to be a bright, caring and confident young man who has begun to contribute to our social, political and economic order in his own right, my most significant personal accomplishment has been the privilege of using my time as Maryland’s first lady to highlight and advance the vital issues I have championed in the community for more than 30 years. These issues include women’s history, health and rights; children and youth; the arts and arts education; heritage preservation; and mental health and hospice care. I look forward to pursuing community service further in the coming years.

Birth Date/Place:

2/12/51 Baltimore




Raymond Hughes Glendening, 23


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