District 8: Helen Holton

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Room 518, City Hall


Committees: Chair, Budget and Appropriations;Vice Chair, Health; Urban Affairs and Aging; Housing and Community Development.

The Honorable Helen Holton has served as a member of the Baltimore City Council since 1995.  She represented the 5th District of Baltimore until December 2004 when she was sworn in as the first representative of the new 8th District.  She currently serves as Chair of the Budget and Appropriations Committee, Vice-Chair of the Health Committee and as a member of the Urban Affairs and Aging Committee.  She is active with the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo), and the National Association of Counties (NACo).  The Councilwoman is very active with NACo, she is an appointee of the President as Chair of the Large Urban County Caucus (LUCC) and as a member of the Community and Economic Development Steering Committee. She was elected 1st Vice President of the Northeast County Caucus (NECC) and Treasurer of the National Association of Black County Officials (NABCO). 

The Councilwoman grew up in the Baltimore region and is a graduate of the University of Baltimore, the Johns Hopkins University, and St. Mary’s Seminary and University’s Ecumenical Institute of Theology.  She began her college training at Morgan State University.  She holds a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Accounting, a graduate certificate in Leadership Development, a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA), a Masters of Arts (M.A.) in Theology, and a M.A. in Urban Ministry.  Ms. Holton is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and a licensed insurance professional.  When asked about education she will tell you that she is a life long learner always working towards bettering herself that she might better her community and the world for others.

Councilwoman Holton resides in Southwest Baltimore and is active in her own community of West Hills.  She serves as an Associate Pastor on staff at Payne Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church where she leads the Commission on Stewardship and Finance and the Social Action Ministry.  The Councilwoman is an avid reader; she enjoys traveling, golf, museums, cultural events, and socializing with friends.

Councilwoman Holton’s volunteer activities are numerous and diverse, beginning early in life as a political campaign volunteer.  She was a member of the Young Democrats of Baltimore City in mid-1980 where she developed an appreciation for public service in the political arena.  Ms. Holton volunteers on the local and national levels.  She sits on various non-profit boards such as the Maryland Food Bank, the Board of Governors of the University of Baltimore Alumni Association, and the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Alumni Council.  Ms. Holton holds membership in The Links Incorporated and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and is a former appointee to their National Social Action Commission.

Helen has been recognized by the Daily Record as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women of Maryland and was inducted into their Circle of Excellence for sustained achievement as a leading woman in Maryland in 2003.  She has also been recognized by the Baltimore Business Journal as one of Baltimore’s 40 under 40 Business Professionals, by America’s Registry of Outstanding Professionals, and as a Distinguished Alumna of the Johns Hopkins University Leadership Development Program, along with other notable awards and honors.

Councilwoman Helen Holton is a woman that loves God and takes her position as a public servant to heart.  Serving the citizens of Baltimore City is an honor and privilege she does not take for granted.  Working to bring about a better Baltimore for all the citizens of Baltimore is a goal she passionately strives to achieve everyday.