Lavinia A. Baxter
Lavinia A. Baxter is special assistant to the deputy chief administrative officer for economic development in the office of county executive Rushern L. Baker III. She has spent the past seven years serving the county. She currently serves as liaison to Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC), develops policy, and assists in a variety of special projects, including the formation of the new Department of Permitting, Inspections, and Enforcement (DPIE).
Her proudest work is as a team manager for the Kentland/Palmer Park Transforming Neighborhood Initiative (TNI) in which she and members have been able to partner with the community in reducing crime, providing more educational resources for elementary education and improving trust in local government. With the help of state and local funds, their top priority is to reduce the number of vacant and abandoned houses during the next two years. This initiative brings together her two professional interests of community and economic development.
Baxter is a proud resident of Prince George’s County. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in international studies with a minor in sociology from Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama. She also earned a master of arts degree in political science from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. In her spare time she mentors youth in Capitol Heights, is active in her church and the nonprofit Friends of Hope. She enjoys hiking and traveling.