Mary Ann Lisanti, Harford County, Maryland was elected as the Council Member for District F which includes Havre de Grace, Abingdon, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Perryman and Belcamp, in 2006, and re-elected in 2010. As a member of the Harford County Council, Councilwoman Lisanti serves on the Council’s Personnel Committee, Citizens Nursing Home Board, Mental Health & Addictions Advisory Board, she Chaired the Bi-partisan Commission on School Construction, and Vice-Chair of the Obesity Task Force.
Mary Ann was born in October of 1967 and is a fourth-generation Harford Countian. She resides in her childhood home outside of Havre de Grace. Mary Ann graduated from Havre de Grace High School in 1985 and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in 1989. In 1996 she earned a Master’s degree from Central Michigan University in Public Administration. Her professional career began by working for several high profile state and local campaigns and later for the Maryland General Assembly. She was a staff assistant to Harford County Executive Eileen Rehrmann and later to the Director of Planning and Zoning. In 1997 Mary Ann was appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council to the position of Havre de Grace City Manager and served in that position until 2002. Mary Ann was elected Vice President in 2000 and President in 2001 of the Maryland Association of City and County Managers. In 2002, Ms. Lisanti became the Executive Director of the Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway where she remains committed to enhancing public recreational opportunities and the preservation of our region’s history, culture and natural environment.
In 2007 Councilwoman Lisanti was elected to service on the Maryland Association of Counties (MACO) Legislative Committee and in 2009 the Education and Land Use Sub-committees. These committees serve to ensure that local issues are considered by the Maryland General Assembly. She continues to service on these committees and is an active member of MACO. In 2010, Councilwoman Lisanti was appointed to a five year term to serve on Maryland’s Sustainable Growth Commission, a State-wide task force established by the Maryland General Assembly to advise the Governor and State Legislature on economic growth, resource protection, planning and funding policy. She currently also sits on the Accounting for Growth Task Force.
In 2009 Councilwoman Lisanti was appointed by Governor Martin O’Malley to serve on the Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) to the Chesapeake Executive Council. In 2010, Councilwoman Lisanti was elected Chair. The Advisory Committee is made up of local government representatives from Pennsylvania, Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia. The Committee represents over 1,800 units of local government in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
As Chair of LGAC’s, Councilwoman Lisanti advises the Chesapeake Bay Executive Council about the best ways to engage local governments and their citizens in the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and land use issues. The Executive Council is now headed by the Administrator of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and includes the Governors of MD, PA and VA as well as the Mayor of Washington DC. LGAC currently is advising EPA and the States on how to involve local governments in developing the current Bay clean- up plan including the Bay Total Daily Maximum Load (TMDL), Treasured Landscapes and American’s Great Outdoors Initiative.
In May of 2010, Councilwoman Lisanti was nominated to serve as a Member of the Advisory Council for the Chesapeake National Historic Trail, the first National water based trail in the United States. Her appointment was made by the US Secretary of the Interior and the White House in 2011.
Councilwoman Lisanti is a strong advocate for economic development, education, public health, transportation, national defense at Aberdeen Proving Ground, and the environment.