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First African American mayor of Bowie, Maryland


Tim Adams was elected on November 5th, 2019 as the first African American mayor of Bowie, Maryland.  Adams is a successful businessman, who has resided in Bowie for 25 years.  Mayor Tim Adams has already shown that he is ready to overcome any obstacles that come his way.  

Bowie has had a history of segregation stretching back to the city’s founding and choosing a black person to lead the city has been long overdue.  A former president of the Bowie State University Foundation one of his goals is to make the times between the city and historically black college stronger. 

Mr. Adams holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of New Orleans and a Bachelor of Science degree from Xavier University in New Orleans, LA. He has also attended the Minority Business Executive Program at Tuck College of Business at Dartmouth College and the Business Innovation Management Program at the A. James Clark School of Engineering and the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park.  He received an Honorary Doctorate from Bowie State University in May 2017.

Colin Byrd, 27 became the youngest mayor in the history of Greenbelt, Maryland.  A lifelong resident of Greenbelt.

Colin has served as a member of the city council since 2017. He is the council liaison to Green ACES, the environmental sustainability advisory committee. He is also a member of the PGCMA’s Legislative Committee and the city’s alternate member on the MWCOG Transportation Planning Board. Colin is also the second African American ever elected to the Greenbelt City Council, a member of the Urban League and the youngest ever regional director for the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials.Colin is an alumnus of the University of Maryland, College Park where he studied sociology, was inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the OMSE Academic Excellence Society and was a research assistant in the fields of psychology, economics and public health. He was also Mr. Black Student Union, and he won several accolades, including the James Otis Williams Award for Cultural Leadership and the MICA Award for Champion of Diversity.

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