Washingtonian Magazine named Prince George’s County Council Chair Andrea C. Harrison (D-District 5) one of the Washington area’s “Most Powerful Women.”

This annually published list places Harrison among the region’s most powerful women in government, business, health, media, law, education, nonprofits and the arts in 2013.

“I am humbled and honored to be included among this distinguished group of women,” Harrison said in a press release. “I am deeply grateful to Washingtonian Magazine for considering my contributions and work on behalf of Prince George’s County residents worthy of this recognition.”

Harrison was born in Washington, D.C. She graduated from Prince George’s Community College in 1992 and from Bowie State University with a B.A. in public policy in 2002.

She is married and is the mother of three children.

Harrison was the first woman elected to represent District 5 on the Prince George’s County Council and occupies the seat once held by her late father, James C. Fletcher, Jr.

She was chosen by her Council colleagues to serve as chair for the 2012 and 2013 legislative years, following her service as vice-chair in 2010. She is a member of the Council committees on Planning, Zoning and Economic Development (PZED) and Public Safety and Fiscal Management (PSFM).

Chair Harrison represents the Prince George’s County on the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG).

Her appointments include the Dimensions Healthcare System Board, and the Climate, Energy and Environment Policy Committee. She is a graduate of Leadership Prince George’s; Leadership Greater Washington; and the Academy of Excellence in Governance at the Institute of Governmental Service of the University of Maryland. She is a board member of the National Organization of Black County Officials (NOBCO), and is a vice president of the National Association of Black County Officials (NABCO).

Courtney Jacobs

AFRO Staff Writer