David Harrington is President and CEO of the Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce. In this role, he is the primary advocate, policy advisor and spokesperson for more than 600 businesses. He has led the Chamber to a “Top 15” regional ranking as determined by the
Washington Business Journal.
Prior to joining the Chamber, David completed fifteen years of public life commencing as Mayor of Bladensburg, Prince George’s County Council Member and Maryland State Senator. During this extensive period of public service, David was President of the Maryland Municipal League, National Chair of Economic Development with the National Association of Counties and Chaired the Maryland State Task Force on Physical Education. He has been twice awarded the Phyllis Newman Award for nonprofit advocacy, Human Services Coalition Legislative Award, Hurston/Wright Ella Baker award, Legislator of the Year from the Maryland League of Conservation Voters, and Economic Development Award from 100 Black Men.
David serves on the Board of Directors of Meyer Foundation, Community Forklift and serves on Robert Wood Johnson’s National Advisory Council. Presently his Chairs the Bowie State University Board of Visitors, the Board of Anacostia River Keeper, CommonHealth ACTION; Consumer Health Foundation; and the Prince George’s County Redevelopment Authority. At Harvard University, David was a faculty member at its Summer Institute on Reading, Writing and Civic Education and at the University of Maryland, he served as Associate Director of the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership. Presently, David is adjunct faculty at the University of Maryland Global Campus.
David holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Howard University and completed graduate work at Miami University of Ohio. He is a resident of Prince George’s County for more than 30 years and is married to Cheryl, business owner of Shortcake Bakery in Hyattsville, Maryland. They have two sons: Stephen, Director of External Affairs at the Greater Washington Partnership and a graduate of Morehouse College and Brown University and current ; and Christopher, Manager and Research Editor at MuniCap, and a graduate of Dickinson College with a MBA/MPP from University of Maryland Smith Business School.
David is a proud grandfather of two wonderful grandchildren.