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Silke Pope
Silke PopeSilke Pope is seeking her fourth term on council. Pope has resided in Greenbelt for seventeen years, living first in Springhill Lake, now Franklin Park, and currently in Belle Point since 2003.

Pope came to Greenbelt with her family from Germany in 1998 after her husband, Joseph, retired from the United States Army. Raised in a small town, Silke Pope brings to Greenbelt familiar small-town values. Her natural tendency is one of engagement and activity in the community, taking on numerous volunteer roles and accruing accomplishments in Greenbelt over the past seventeen years. By confronting the realities of modern Greenbelt and seeking to improve quality of life for all, Pope shows a long track record that continues to make Greenbelt proud.

Pope served on the City’s Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) for nine years, six years as chair, until she was elected to City Council in 2009. Currently, Silke is the council liaison to both PSAC and the Senior Citizen Advisory Committee.

Even before proudly earning U.S. citizenship in 2006, Pope became involved in several community groups in Greenbelt. A member of St. Hugh of Grenoble Church since 2000, Silke has been involved in numerous fundraising efforts, her most notable being the annual Oktoberfest where she serves as “master chef”. She has also served as president of the Belle Point Homeowners’ Association since 2006 and is a member of the American Legion’s Post 136 Ladies Auxiliary, serving as president for two years.

While living overseas, Pope worked in the field of international business relations and banking where her bilingual ability, attention to detail and organizational skills were critical. Attuned to cross-cultural issues, Silke Pope has long practiced effective communication across demographic boundaries. Pope is currently employed by the Prince Georges County Schools at Springhill Lake Elementary School as a special education paraprofessional educator.

Since being elected to City Council in 2009, Pope has served on several state and national committees including the Maryland Municipal League Convention Planning Committee, the National League of Cities (NLC) Small Cities Council Steering Committee and the NLC’s Public Safety and Crime Prevention Steering Committee. Currently, Silke is the incoming chair of the Small Cities Council Steering Committee of the NLC. Pope earned a fellowship from the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance at the University of Maryland. This fellowship provides Pope with a more thorough understanding of how local municipalities function and a strong understanding of governmental policy and ethics.

When Silke is not working or attending council meetings and events, she likes to read Grisham novels, cook, spend time with her granddaughter, Sofia, and take her dog, Chip, to the dog park and for walks around the lake.