Biography - Allison Pickard for County Council District 2

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Allison Pickard

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Meet Allison Pickard and learn more about her efforts and commitment to the citizens and families of District 2, Anne Arundel County and Maryland.

Allison Pickard grew up as the youngest of 3 children in a military family. She spent her early years moving around the country as her Army Officer Dad was stationed in Kansas, Hawaii, Pennsylvania, and Georgia. Allison was taught by her parents the solid values of hard work, personal integrity, community service and to “Be all you can be,” values that Allison continues to hold dear. The importance of family, service, and civic responsibility were modeled throughout her childhood. Following graduation from the College of Charleston in South Carolina, Allison demonstrated her commitment to service by dedicating two years as a team leader with the AmeriCorps’ National Civilian Community Corp. As a team leader Allison was responsible for twelve young adults serving in a 17 -state region all while living in the submarine barracks on the Charleston Naval Base. A month-long service project working with low-income elderly during her time with NCCC inspired Allison’s 15-year career in housing for the elderly.  Allison has managed millions of dollars in Older American Act grants and has overseen both staff and programs to best serve the community.  While working, Allison continued her education by completing a Masters-level certificate in Nonprofit Management at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

When Allison and her family of five returned to the United States following her husband’s overseas assignment, they chose Anne Arundel County as the place they wanted to raise their family.  Allison became deeply involved in the community and the education of her three children; Georgia, Henry and Jamie.  A passionate advocate of our public schools, Allison served as the president of the Oakwood Elementary PTA. During this time she received the AACPS Volunteer of the Year Award for her ability to bring parents, teachers, the faith community and local businesses together to support Oakwood Elementary.  Allison secured nearly $20,000 in grant funds over the years to support the school.  Her community service has also included volunteer work with non-profits, church committees, youth sports associations and her local home owners’ association.

In 2015, Allison was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Anne Arundel County Board of Education.  As a Board of Education member,  she displayed her deep commitment to working with all stakeholders to achieve the best possible results for our schools and students. Allison chaired the BOE policy committee and served on the legislative committee for Maryland Association for Boards of Education. Allison worked tirelessly to engage with County leaders, BOE colleagues, administrative staff, teachers, and students to fully understand the issues facing our school system and county.

The combination of strong leadership, practical professional experience, and higher education have served Allison well as she pursues common-sense, results driven solutions to community issues.  As a candidate for Anne Arundel County Council for District 2,  Allison offers a refreshingly pragmatic and results-based approach to policy decisions.  Reflecting her life-long values, Allison remains committed to working hard and reaching out to all community members, business and labor leaders, elected officials, and community groups to make Anne Arundel County the best it can be.

In the Community

The Anne Arundel County Council of PTAs
President,  2016-present

Anne Arundel County Public Schools Board of Education:
District 33 Member,  Appointed June 2015: Policy Committee Chairperson
Maryland Association of Boards of Education: Legislative Committee Member

Oakwood Elementary, Glen Burnie MD:
PTA Secretary, 2011-2012
PTA President, 2012-2014
PTA Garden Committee Chairperson, 2014- present
Equity Team: Member, 2012-2014
Wellness Committee:  Member, 2013-2014
Green School Committee: Co-Chair 2014-present
Character Education Committee:  2012 – present

Unity Gardens:
Board Member, 2012- 2015

Daniel’s Purchase Home Owners Association Board: Director, 2011-2013

St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church Missions Commission: Member, May 2014- 2015

International Women of Portugal:
Volunteer Coordinator, 2007-2009
Board Member, 2008-2010
Democrats Abroad, 2006-2010

St. Julian’s School, Parent Association Combined with Teachers (PACT)
Year 2 Representative 2009- 2010

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