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Marva Jo Camp (Prince George’s)

Black History Month Leadership & Service Honoree Marva Jo Camp, Esq. has dedicated countless hours of volunteer service to develop educational programs and advocate for the Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center (PGAAMC). She has also played a key leadership role in the areas of governance and professional coaching museum staff. This year, Marva Jo is leading the museum building expansion and the addition of affordable artist housing, Marva Jo never says no to making herself available to push the mission and visibility of PGAAMCC forward. Her nominator stated, “Marva Jo is dedicated to serving and preserving Prince George’s Black history and is a true county gem.”

Marva Jo Camp is an attorney in private practice. Her specialties include governmental relations, real estate transactions and land use, not-for-profit governance, small, minority, and women-owned business, governmental agencies, and trade associations. Ms. Camp has worked on the local, state, national and international levels. Her current and past work includes serving as counsel for several large mixed-use developments, Counsel for the Citizens Complain Oversight Panel, Maryland Board of Property Review, Tax and Staff Counsel for the United States Congress, member of a Presidential Transition Team, Consultant to the African Development Bank, and Director of Government and Community Outreach for Bowie State University. Marva Jo has also represented Prince George’s County Council and served as Of Counsel for a national law firm specializing in affordable and public housing and on the Maryland States Roads Commission.  

Ms. Camp is very involved in community service. She serves as Pro Bono Counsel for a number of community organizations, including the Prince George’s Tennis and Education Foundation. She also serves as Chairperson of Leadership Prince George’s, Vice-Chair for the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation, Census Count Co-Chairperson, Chairperson for SPICE, Trustee for Maryland Citizens for the Arts, Board Member for the Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center, and Panel Member for Arts in Public Places. Marva Jo previously served as Chairperson of the Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council and both an elected member and General Counsel for the Democratic Central Committee.

Marva Jo has been recognized on several occasions for her service. Her recognitions include inclusion in the book, “Outstanding Women of Prince George’s County”, recognition in Ebony Magazine, Forty Leaders Under Forty, 2019 Omega Psi Phi Citizen of the Year Award, Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Service Award, Mission of Love Charities Humanitarian Award, Volunteer of the Year, Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Service Recognition, Leadership Prince George’s Chairman’s Award, Dr. William A. Welch Award, and the YMCA Distinguished Community Service Award.

Marva Jo grew up in Suitland Maryland and currently lives in Mitchellville.  Her mother was a school teacher for over forty years and her father an administrator at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. Marva Jo is a graduate of the Eleanor Roosevelt High School, the University of Virginia, and the University of Virginia School of Law.  She is the mother of Jordan Alexandria and Taylor Jonai both graduates of   Spelman College. Marva Jo’s memberships include Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., The Links, Inc., Jack & Jill of America. 

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