Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker III was recognized for his public service at the National Forum for Black Public Administrators' (NFBPA) ninth annual National Leadership Awards Gala on July 12.
The event, which was hosted at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in D.C., honored Baker and other notable Black leaders from across the country with its National Leadership Award for Public Service.
“Receiving the National Forum for Black Public Administrator's Leadership Award is a testament to the great work we are accomplishing in Prince George's County,” Baker told the AFRO in a statement. “On behalf of the nearly 900,000 residents and 6,000 County employees, I am honored to receive this award for all of our efforts toward making this county great.”
“I also want to thank the NFBPA for the work that they do on educating, organizing and providing resources to African-American public officials,” he said. “I, along with many other Prince George's County officials, have and will continue to benefit from this organization.”
Other honorees at the event included United States Congressman John Lewis, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Atlanta, Ga. Mayor Kasim Reed.
Launched in 1983, the NFBPA aims to push the advancement for Black public leadership in local and state governments. The organization also focuses on implementing quality leadership development initiatives and boasts nearly 3,000 members in more than 350 jurisdictions nationwide.