Andrea C. Harrison (D-District 5) –, a native of the City of Glenarden, represents the 5th Councilmanic District of Prince George’s County, which includes the constituent areas of Glenarden, Bladensburg, Cheverly, Edmonston, Fairmount Heights, Landover, Colmar Manor, Cottage City, Springdale, and portions of Bowie, Lanham, Hyattsville and Mitchellville. In 2008, she won a special election to the Council and served for 2 years; she was re-elected to her first full term of office in 2010. Recognizing her effective and unique leadership ability, she was chosen by her Council colleagues to serve as Chair for the 2012 and 2013 Legislative Years. She also served as Vice-Chair for Legislative Year 2010.
Council Chair Harrison, the first woman elected to represent District 5 on the County Council, occupies the seat once held by her late father, the Honorable James C. Fletcher, Jr. Along with her duties as Chair, she is a voting member of the Council Committees on Planning, Zoning and Economic Development (PZED) and Public Safety and Fiscal Management (PSFM).
Council Chair Harrison represents the Prince George’s County Council’s regional interest as a member of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG). She has appointments to Dimension Healthcare System Board; and Climate, Energy and Environment Policy Committee. She is a graduate of Leadership Prince George’s; Leadership Greater Washington; a graduate of the Academy of Excellence in Governance at the Institute of Governmental Service of the University of Maryland; Board Member of the National Organization of Black County Officials (NOBCO); and 1st Vice President of the National Association of Black County Officials (NABCO).
A lifelong resident of District 5 in Prince George’s County, Chair Harrison served the residents of the County for more than 15 years as a community activist. She attended Prince George’s Community College, earning an Associate’s degree in Micro Computer Systems and later earned her Undergraduate degree in Public Policy from Bowie State University. She is the proud recipient of the Center for Nonprofit Advancement 2011 Phyllis Campbell Newsome Award for her strong support of the work of the nonprofit community, public policy accomplishments, and interest in increasing nonprofit dialogue throughout her term.
Council Chair Harrison lives in Springdale with her husband Charles, and their sons, Eric and Christian. Their daughter, Nikita Adams, resides in Los Angeles, California.