Deriece Pate Bennett


Deriece Pate Bennett is the vice president of government affairs for the Maryland Chamber of Commerce. As a lobbyist for the chamber, she is responsible for advocating on behalf of business issues pertaining to employment law, energy and environment, and transportation.

Bennett matriculated from Morgan State University with a bachelor of arts degree in political science and from Bowie State University with a master of public administration degree with a concentration in public policy and management. Before her tenure at the chamber, Bennett served as the executive director for the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, Inc., where she was instrumental in implementing the caucus’ agenda while operating as an intermediary among the caucus, its constituents, and community partners.

Bennett was a fellow for the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women (NOBEL), class of 2009; a Board Pipeline Professional of Associated Black Charities, class of 2011; and a Fellow of the Council of State Governments Robert J. Thompson Eastern Leadership Academy, class of 2012. She is a committee chair and member of the Psi Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and president of the Knights of St. John’s International Ladies Auxiliary #21 in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. In 2011, Bennett was named one of the Daily RecordLeading Women in Maryland. Bennett is a native of Jamaica, New York, and currently resides in Hyattsville.

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