Deb Jung has deep roots in the 4th Councilmember District
Thirty years ago, Deb and her husband, Ben, moved to Columbia, attracted by its founder’s vision for an inclusive, diverse community. As the County grew, they stayed because of the increasing cultural vibrancy, and the County’s unwavering commitment to providing an outstanding public education.
Their daughter, Alyssa, attended Clemens Crossing Elementary School, Harpers Choice Middle School and Wilde Lake High School, where she enjoyed the highest quality education in a community that values tolerance and inclusion. Deb’s passion for service drew her into numerous volunteer efforts including an appointment as a Commissioner on the Howard County Human Rights Commission, Co-Chair of the Martin Luther King Holiday Celebration and the Howard County Sesquicentennial, and PTA and Booster Club roles at her daughter’s schools. Throughout all of these efforts, Deb was constantly inspired by the sense of community in our neighborhoods and schools.
Deb’s first professional job was working as a campus organizer for the National Organization for Women attempting to get the Equal Rights Amendment ratified. Eventually Deb attended law school hoping to pursue a career working with nonprofit organizations. Her first legal job was at the Baltimore firm of Whiteford Taylor & Preston, followed by employment as general counsel to the Close-Up Foundation in Alexandria, Virginia (a nonprofit educational organization that brings high school students and teachers to Washington, D.C. for a “close up” look at the federal government). She then worked at the Maryland Association of Nonprofits for twelve years where she provided legal advice to hundreds of nonprofit organizations. Deb is currently a self-employed attorney specializing in non-profit and employment law and she continues to advise many nonprofit organizations across the State of Maryland. Her clients include human service organizations, health care providers, labor groups, child care providers, animal rights organizations, transit focused nonprofits, small businesses, and arts and education groups. Her career has reflected her desire to work in an arena where she can truly make a difference.
Deb grew up in Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Maryland. She attended Severna Park HS and graduated from Duke University and The University of Maryland School of Law.
Deb Jung started her community involvement soon after moving to Columbia. Being a part of a larger community, connecting with people, helping to form bonds that make our communities stronger, inspired her to participate in a wide variety of volunteer efforts including running for Howard County Council District 4.
Democratic Party Activities: Deb started her political activism in high school. Even before she was old enough to vote, she volunteered for various political campaigns. Her first presidential election experience was Jimmy Carter’s 1976 campaign. Over the years she has held signs, canvassed neighborhoods, made phone calls, and attended fundraisers for candidates at the local, state and federal levels. Most recently, she was involved in the Howard County Democratic Party’s effort to elect Chris Van Hollen for Senate, as well as Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
School-Related Volunteer Positions: Like many of us, Deb wanted to give back to the schools her daughter attended. She volunteered at Clemens Crossing, Harpers Choice and Wilde Lake High School. At Clemens and Harpers Choice, she was an active member of the PTA and helped plan parent education presentations, chaperoned school field trips, volunteered at numerous school events and planned activities for the students. At Wilde Lake High School, Deb was the President of the school’s Booster Club, served as team liaison for many of her daughter’s teams, and helped plan and execute the After Prom.
Co-Chair of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Howard County Holiday Commission– Not long after moving to Columbia, Deb was asked to serve as the Co-Chair of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Howard County Holiday Commission. This Commission was established by order of the Howard County Executive to “…encourage and coordinate appropriate ceremonies and activities honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.” During her tenure as Commissioner, the Commission introduced the “reception for guests” held before the program and it sought to be more inclusive of students in the program, which the Commission continues today.
Commissioner, Howard County Human Rights Commission: Deb served a full five-year term on the Human Rights Commission during the 1990s. The Human Rights Commission enforces the anti-discrimination laws of Howard County. In addition, the Commission recommends ”civil rights policy to the County Executive and the County Council concurrently; (has) the authority to conduct surveys and studies concerning human rights, conditions and problems; as well as, the authority to file a complaint when there is reason to believe a pattern or practice of discrimination exists.”
Co-Chair, Howard County Sesquicentenial, Dancing Through the Decades: Howard County celebrated its 150th birthday in 2001 and Deb helped organize the Gala to celebrate. As Co-Chair of the event, she helped plan the evening, from booking bands to raising money for the all of the activities that the Sesquicenttial Committee planned to mark Howard County’s big birthday. 700 guests attended the event. The proceeds from the event helped fund a number of historical and commemorative events, plaques and keepsakes.
President, The Executive’s Charity for the Arts: As the first President and one of the founders of the County Executive’s efforts to raise money for the arts community in Howard County, Deb not only was tasked with raising awareness of the arts in Howard County, but also fundraising for scholarships given to young artists. After a very successful initial gala featuring numerous Howard County artists, over $50,000 in scholarships was awarded to Howard County artists from the proceeds of the event. Soon after the first gala, the Howard County Arts Council became the steward of the event and has continued to stage an annual showcase of Howard County’s talent. The Celebration of the Arts continues to raise money for the arts and recognize outstanding artistic contributions.
Member, Howard County School Health Council: Deb is an active member of the Howard County School Health Council. a state mandated local advisory committee to the health department and the school system that supports broad system level change for healthy, well, fit, and safe youth.
Memberships: Maryland State Bar Association, the Society for Human Resource Management, the Columbia Democratic Club, and Deb is helping to form the brand new Howard County Democratic Women’s Alliance.