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Judith F. Davis
j 2013.jpgJudith F. “J” Davis is in her eleventh term on Council. Currently serving as Mayor Pro Tem, J formerly was mayor for 16 years, Greenbelt’s longest continuously serving mayor. Prior to her election to council in 1993, she was appointed to the city’s Advisory Planning Board for ten years and was elected chair by its members for four years. Davis represents Greenbelt on the Anacostia Trails Heritage Area Governing Board.

After moving to Greenbelt in 1975, J soon became active in local affairs. A condominium owner in Greenbriar, she was elected to its Phase I Board of Directors, serving for 14 years. She was Carnival Chair for the Labor Day Festival Committee for 18 years. In 1995, J was on the Project Design Committee for GIVES, the Greenbelt Intergenerational Volunteer Exchange Service, became a charter member and served as its vice president for 9 years.

Davis has honed her leadership skills and expanded her experience and effectiveness by serving tirelessly in many roles. As Mayor, J was the Council’s representative to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Board of Directors. In 2005, she was elected chair of the COG Board and, in 2010, was its corporate president. Davis is a member of COG’s Climate, Energy,and Environment Policy Committee and its Chesapeake Bay and Water Resources Policy Committee, which she has served on since its inception. Davis is a member of the Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Policy Committee for the National League of Cities, having first been appointed in 2005. Due to her focus on environmental issues, J has brought back innovative ideas and best practices to be incorporated by the city.

Davis has served as president of the Maryland Municipal League after serving 11 terms on its board of directors. In addition, Davis is a past president of the Maryland Mayors Association, the Prince George’s County Municipal Association (PGCMA), and the Prince George’s Elected Municipal Women. Davis served nine years on PGCMA’s Board of Directors advocating Greenbelt’s positions at the county level.

In 2011, Davis was presented COG’s highest honor, the Elizabeth and David Scull Metropolitan Public Service Award. For her environmental work, J was given the Greenbelt Green Man Award in 2010.
An educator for 35 years, retiring in 1999, J holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from West Chester University in West Chester Pa.

J actively supports many civic organizations, including Greenbelt Arts Center, Friends of the Greenbelt Museum, Friends of the Greenbelt Theatre, Greenbelt Golden Age Club, Greenbelt Lions, and Greenbelt’s American Legion Auxiliary.

In her spare time, J enjoys traveling with both her sister and her significant other, Neil, attending Washington Opera performances, and walking on the beach with her nieces, Jessica and Felice.