Biography

olson.jpgEric Olson (D) -District 3, was elected to his first four-year term on the Prince George’s County Council in the November 7, 2006 General Election. He was reelected to the County Council in the November 2, 2010 General Election. Council Member Olson served as Vice Chair in 2011 Legislative Year and was reelected as Vice Chair of the County Council for the 2012 Legislative Year. Council Member Olson represents the 3rd Councilmanic District of Prince George’s County, which comprises the areas of Beacon Heights, Berwyn Heights, College Heights Estates, College Park, East Pines, Glenn Dale, Glenridge, Landover Hills, Lanham, New Carrollton, Riverdale Heights and Hills, Riverdale Park, Seabrook, Templeton Knolls, University Park, West Lanham Hills, and Woodlawn

Council Member Olson is a member of the Council committees on Planning, Zoning and Economic Development, and Transportation, Housing and Environment. He also serves as Vice Chair of the Rules & General Assembly committee. Council Member Olson is the appointed County Council representative to several boards and committees of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments including The Region Forward Coalition, which he chaired from 2011-2013, and the Transportation Planning Board. He serves as the Council Liaison to the Prince George’s County Municipal Association. Council Member Olson served as Chair of the Prince George’s County Youth and Gang Violence Task Force, which issued a final report in 2010. He is an ex-officio member of the Purple Line Now! Board.

Prior to his election to the County Council, Council Member Olson served on the College Park City Council from 1997 – 2006. During his tenure on the College Park City Council he served on several boards including the Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee; the Metropolitan Washington Transportation Planning Board; and the Coalition to Build the Inner Purple Line which is now called Purple Live Now! He is former Chair of the University Communities Caucus of the National League of Cities and served as a member of the University of Maryland’s Master Plan Committee.

Also prior to serving on the County Council, Council Member Olson directed the National Sierra Club’s Healthy Communities Campaign, where his work included promoting public transportation, creating more walkable, vibrant communities, and combating sprawl. He has previously worked as Deputy Director of the Center for Voting and Democracy, a national organization committed to election reform and voting rights. Council Member Olson has four years of Capitol Hill experience as an Aide to then Congressman, and now U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), where he also served as Staff Coordinator for the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

Council Member Olson has a B.A. in History from Elmira College, and earned a Master’s degree in American Studies from the University of Maryland in 1995.

He is married to Sarah Treado, a social worker, and they are the proud parents of two daughters.

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