Catherine E. Pugh
City of Baltimore
Since taking office on December 6, 2016 as the 50th Mayor of the City of Baltimore, Catherine Elizabeth Pugh has pursued an aggressive agenda to revitalize neighborhoods, create pathways of opportunity for young people and enhance the safety of citizens, while ushering in a new era of community policing and accountability within the Baltimore Police Department.
As a public servant since 1999, Mayor Pugh understands that solutions to the most complex challenges are best determined through collaboration and sustained partnerships. She was first elected to the Baltimore City Council in 1999 to represent the 4th District, and in 2005 was appointed to the House of Delegates of the Maryland General Assembly, representing the 40th District. In that same year, then-Delegate Pugh ran for the State Senate and won decisively. Her bipartisan approach and skills as a keen negotiator led to her assuming various leadership positions in the Maryland Senate, including eventually serving as Majority Leader.
Prior to assuming her Mayoral office, Catherine Pugh was a successful businesswoman, serving as President of CEPugh and Company, a marketing and public relations firm. She has worked as a banker, business developer, Dean and Director of Strayer Business College, Special Editor of the Baltimore Sun, and as a television and radio news reporter and talk show host. She is the author of a series of children’s books, as well as an inspirational book of poetry.
Mayor Pugh holds an MBA from Morgan State University and has received qualification from the University of California as an Economic Development Specialist. The Mayor has served on many boards during her career and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the University of Maryland Medical Systems, the Council of State Governments and is a former president of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators. In June, 2018, Mayor Pugh was elected by the US Conference of Mayors as Chair of the Task Force on the US Census.