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Muriel Bowser

The District of Columbia
Washington, D.C.

Mayor Muriel Bowser brings a pragmatic, hands-on approach to finding solutions to address the needs of residents in Washington, DC. She was first elected Ward 4 Councilmember in a special election in 2007, re-elected in 2008, and again in 2012.  On November 4, 2014, voters elected Muriel as the seventh elected, and only second woman, mayor of the District of Columbia. Voters have strongly endorsed Muriel’s ambitious agenda focused on an open and ethical government, rebuilding quality neighborhoods, and transforming our schools and commercial corridors.

During Muriel’s tenure as Councilmember, Ward 4’s population has grown, quality school choices and public spaces have increased, and hundreds of units of housing have been created.  Dozens of new stores, restaurants, and small businesses have opened, and violent crime has plummeted.  Positive and sustainable change is visible on every corner of Ward 4.

Throughout her career, Muriel has focused her attention on enhancing the lives of residents District-wide.  She was selected by her colleagues on the Council as Chairwoman of the Committee on Economic Development and created more than 5,000 units of affordable housing, passed legislation to build a new soccer stadium and secured the best portion of the Walter Reed campus for DC. Previously, as Chairwoman of the Committee on Government Operations, Muriel worked with her colleagues to pass comprehensive ethics reform in the District, improved the safety and efficiency of the Metro system, and increased transparency in government contracting.  As Chair of the Committee on Libraries, Parks and Recreation and the Committee on Public Services and Consumer Affairs, Muriel championed the causes of increasing the revenue generating potential of our public spaces, curbed bullying in our schools and recreation centers, and created consumer protections for homeowners facing foreclosure.  As Chair of the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (Metro) Board's Planning, Program, and Real Estate Committee, Muriel led the adoption of comprehensive revisions to joint development policies that promote more transparency, competition, higher quality transit oriented development, and include Metro’s first ever affordable housing policy. She also previously served as Chair of the regional Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ Transportation Planning Board.

Muriel’s strong message of representing all eight wards won the hearts of voters and an endorsement from President Obama, who described Muriel as “a champion for working and middle-class families, and a passionate proponent of Washington, D.C.”  She is committed to improving the lives of all Washingtonians, whether they have been here for five minutes or five generations. Muriel’s fierce advocacy to improve the District won her the endorsement of the Washington Post which wrote:  “Smart, hardworking and independent-minded, Ms. Bowser has shown herself to be an effective advocate for the interests of her demanding ward and a leading voice for education reform and good government.”  She was also honored with the Democratic State Committee’s Legislator of the Year Award (2012), the Phyllis Campbell Newsome Public Policy Leadership Award (2012), and the NoMa Business Improvement District Public Sector Award (2012). 

Muriel, a native Washingtonian, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Chatham College and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from American University.

My Speakers Sessions

Monday, June 15

6:20pm EDT