COMPLIMENTARY MEMBERS-ONLY EVENT
DEADLINE TO REGISTER: NOVEMBER 14, 2022 at 11:59pm EST
Due to seating limitations, each member firm is limited to 3 registrants.
ACEC/MD welcomes our member firm representatives to be our guests, and gain valuable political insight, along with a unique perspective on the upcoming General Assembly Session.
Mark your calendars for November 17th from 8am to 10am, and join us for this informative assessment of the political landscape with our featured speaker Senator Sarah Elfreth (D), District 30, Anne Arundel County.
8:00 AM to 8:30 AM – Registration/Breakfast
8:30 AM to 8:45 AM – CEPAC Update – Michael Galvin, PE, CEPAC Committee Chair
8:45 AM to 9:00 AM – Legislative Agenda – Dennis Simpson, Legislative Committee Chair
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM – Keynote Speaker – Senator Sarah Elfreth
Elected in 2018 to represent Annapolis and southern Anne Arundel County, Senator Sarah Elfreth is the youngest woman ever elected to the Maryland Senate. She is passionately committed to serving her constituents both in the State House and in the community. Sarah worked with colleagues across the aisle and around the State to pass over 65 bills – all with bipartisan votes – she sponsored in her first term. These new laws range from the largest investment in Maryland’s State Parks, creating Maryland’s first Office of Statewide Broadband, providing treatment to veterans living with PTSD, investing in libraries, small businesses, and critical prenatal care for healthy Maryland mothers, and protecting oysters and clean water.
Sarah serves on the Budget & Taxation Committee, Chair of the Anne Arundel County Senate Delegation, and as one of two senators representing Maryland on the multi-state Chesapeake Bay Commission. Despite serving in her first term, the Senate President has also given Sarah the leadership roles of Chair of the Pensions Subcommittee, Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Administrative, and Legislative Review, as a member of the Senate President’s Workgroup on Equity & Inclusion, and as the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on the Chesapeake & Atlantic Coastal Bays Critical Area.
As a member of the Budget committee, Sarah fights to secure millions in funding every year to support local projects and nonprofit organizations serving District 30. These include investments in the Thomas Point Lighthouse, the Stanton Center, the Shady Side Community Center, the Brewer Hill Cemetery, Arundel Lodge, Annapolis Maritime Museum, both the Annapolis and Mayo American Legions, and the YWCA.
Growing up, Sarah learned the values of hard work and public service from her union-member parents and with the benefit of an excellent public school education. Expanding opportunity and access for all – from our natural resources, to quality education, and economic opportunities – are at the center her public service and have been a consistent theme throughout her work.
Prior to being elected, Sarah spent her educational and professional career as a tireless advocate for protecting the environment and expanding education opportunities. She graduated magna cum laude from Towson University where she was appointed by the Governor to serve on the University System of Maryland Board of Regents. After earning a master’s degree in Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins University, Sarah spent four years as the Government Affairs Director of the National Aquarium in Baltimore, working on legislation to protect our natural resources and increase public support for one of Maryland’s largest nonprofit organizations.
Outside of the Senate, Sarah teaches political science and public policy at Towson University’s Honors College and lives in downtown Annapolis. Sarah received the 2019 Joseph R. Biden Student Ally Award from the National Campus Leadership Council for her work to reform the Board of Regents and support of survivors of sexual assault on college campuses. She is also the recipient of the 2019 Dean’s Recognition Award from Towson University and the 2017 Fannie Lou Hamer Award from the Anne Arundel County Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee for her work to make local government more transparent and inclusive. She is a graduate of the inaugural class of Emerge Maryland, an organization dedicated to increasing the number of Democratic women serving in elected office. Sarah was recently named one of Maryland’s “20 in Their Twenties” by The Daily Record, and received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the Towson University Honors College.