Room 550, City Hall
Committees: Chair, Education; Vice Chair, Judiciary and Legislative Investigations; Land Use and Transportation; Urban Affairs and Aging; Housing and Community Development; Labor.
Mary Pat Clarke represents the 14th District of the Baltimore City Council, a North Central Baltimore district of 46,000 residents. The 14th District is a diverse and keystone community, extending (east to west) from Belair to Falls Roads and (north to south) from Coldspring Lane/Argonne Drive to 25th/29th Streets.
Mary Pat is a Democrat who previously served for 16 years in the City Council. From 1975-83, she represented the old 2nd District (along with Clarence "Du" Burns and Nathan C. Irby). From 1987-95, Mary Pat served as the first woman ever elected President of the Baltimore City Council, a citywide elective position.
After losing her bid for mayor in 1995, Mary Pat resumed her teaching career, as adjunct faculty at Johns Hopkins University, UMBC and Maryland Institute College of Art.
When Baltimore voters approved single-member City Council districts, Mary Pat ran again for office, to ensure attention and help for neighborhoods of the new 14th District — and for the City as a whole. She was elected in November 2004 and sworn into office on December 9, 2004.
Legislative Accomplishments/ Milestones
Mary Pat and then-Councilman Kweisi Mfume co-sponsored the City’s first Charter amendment to reduce class size in the Baltimore City Public Schools, in 1982. Also as a 2nd District representative, Mary Pat successfully sponsored Tenants Right of First Refusal and Residential Permit Parking legislation. As President of the City Council, Mary Pat was the lead sponsor on the nation’s first "Living Wage" law, enacted in 1994.
Community Associations/ Experience
In the late 1960's and early 1970's, Mary Pat Clarke served as a founding board member, then president and executive director of the Greater Homewood Community Corporation, an umbrella coalition of neighborhoods representing a North Baltimore area of 44,000 residents. As president of Greater Homewood, she participated in:
- organizing the first Baltimore City Fair,
- establishing Action in Maturity (AIM), still serving hundreds of retirees in North Baltimore, and
- leading the PUSH effort to win United Way funding of grassroots non-profit organizations.
Involvement on Boards of Directors
Mary Pat currently serves on:
The Advisory Boards of The Community School in Remington and the Stadium School Youth Dreamers; and, City Council appointment to the Board of the Charles Village Community Benefit District Management Authority.
Mary Pat earned her A.B. degree in English Literature from Immaculata College in 1963 and her M.A. in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania in 1966. She successfully completed numerous Ph.D.courses in Writing at the University of Pennsylvania.
Mary Pat and Joe have lived on Cloverhill Road in the 14th District since 1967. They are the proud parents of four children and the doting grandparents of nine grandchildren. The Clarke children attended Roland Park Elementary/ Middle School #233, Western Senior High School, Gilman and St. Paul’s. Three of their grandchildren attend Mount Washington Elementary #221.
From 1983 - 87, Mary Pat worked as the administrator, Division of Geriatrics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, at Hopkins Bayview. From 1995 - 2004, Mary Pat taught undergraduate and Odyssey courses in writing, public speaking and urban affairs as an adjunct faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University School of Professional Studies in Business and Education (SPSBE), at UMBC and at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).
At MICA, Mary Pat helped develop the Master’s Program in Community Arts (MACA), the first of its kind in the nation. Every summer, these MICA/MACA graduate students teach art to children at neighborhood sites in and nearby the 14th District.