Lorna Phillips Forde is a lifelong advocate who has been tirelessly committed to understanding and representing the needs of our diverse community.

Lorna wants residents of Montgomery County to do more than just “survive”. She envisions a community that will thrive together countywide from birth to retirement! Throughout her campaign, she will demonstrate to voters that their voices matter and that she has a rich diversity of experience and perspectives that will help her to be a tireless and effective advocate for all residents countywide.

 
 
 
 
 

Lorna Phillips Forde is a lifelong advocate who has been tirelessly committed to understanding and representing the needs of our diverse community.

Lorna wants residents of Montgomery County to do more than just “survive”. She envisions a community that will thrive together countywide from birth to retirement! Throughout her campaign, she will demonstrate to voters that their voices matter and that she has a rich diversity of experience and perspectives that will help her to be a tireless and effective advocate for all residents countywide.

 
 
 

Lorna Phillips Forde

Candidate, Montgomery County Council At-Large

Lorna P. Forde Speaking at the Maryland Commission for Women - Women of Tomorrow Awards Co-Chair

L orna Phillips Forde is a 30-year Montgomery County resident, who grew up in Hampton Roads Virginia watching, and inspired by, her mother’s work ethic and unwavering commitment to give back to her community.

Lorna inherited the “advocacy gene” from her mother and has been in continuous public service to the Montgomery County area for years, demonstrating her commitment to the community by her active support of the needs of her fellow residents. She has served and delivered food to those in need, helped build homes, performed in concerts at nursing homes, served as an Montgomery County Public Schools substitute teacher, coordinated voter registration drives, served as an election chief judge, successfully advocated for legislation that protects employees and women, and served in leadership roles on State and local boards and commissions.

Lorna holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration, an M.B.A. in Finance, and a Certification in Contract Management. Her professional experience includes a successful corporate career in finance and planning at companies such as IBM, Getronics, University Research Co., LLC, LORAL Federal Systems, and WANG. She has demonstrated expertise in reviewing proposals and managing grants and contracts from $4 million to $30 million, developing pricing strategies for award winning cost proposals, supporting contract negotiation and conducting financial analyses. She can quickly transfer this knowledge and bring value to the council’s extensive budget process.

Lorna P. Forde Speaking on behalf of Montgomery County Commission for Women - Receiving proclamation from County Council

As a small business owner, Lorna operates a missions and leisure travel company that inspires, educates, and motivates members of organizations and groups to visit destinations that radically change lives, increase faith, and build upon passions to help the underserved communities around the world.

Her company has successfully provided travel services for groups and individuals across the United States and abroad. Her company’s goal for each travel experience is to provide hope for people, families, and communities around the world. Through her business, Lorna has gained a global perspective of the needs of diverse populations.

Lorna is a graduate of Leadership Montgomery, whose program provided her an invaluable opportunity to better understand the needs and resources of the community and insight as to gaps in services that could benefit from her advocacy efforts.

She is the current President of the Montgomery County Commission for Women and, in that capacity, has helped spearhead advocacy efforts that contributed to the successful passage and enactment of two critical new laws – one that requires employers to allow workers to earn and use annual paid sick and safe leave and another that clarifies that rape victims do not need to physically resist sexual assault to prove that they were assaulted.

She has traveled across the county with fellow commissioners conducting listening tours, testified before the Maryland House of Delegates and Senate, and chaired the signature Women’s Legislative Briefing, which has grown to almost 800 attendees under her leadership.

Lorna is also a gubernatorial appointee to the Maryland Commission for Women, where she continues her advocacy efforts in support of women and girls across the state. In addition to supporting the Commission’s initiatives, she also serves as Co-Chair of the annual Women of Tomorrow Awards Ceremony, which recognizes young women who have achieved academic excellence, extraordinary community service, and outstanding leadership.

Delta Day in the Nation's Capital Legislative Session with Senator Barbara McKulski

Lorna is the Past President of the Montgomery County (MD) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Inc., a national public service organization, and is currently its Maryland State Social Action Coordinator. In that role, she has engaged in countless legislative and community outreach and youth support efforts, and in 2017, the National Social Action Commission of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. approved her team’s social action resolution submission on legislative efforts that restrict the parental rights of rapists.

As a board member of the Jewish Council for the Aging, Lorna directed and coordinated a record number of volunteers for JCA’s annual 50+ Employment Expo, an event designed to help the 50-and-over population in Montgomery County thrive through benefit of direct access to employers and employment resources.

Lorna also serves on the steering committee for the Josiah Henson Project, chaired by Catherine Leggett, whose purpose is to raise funds for the historic restoration of Josiah Henson Park so that this special site in Montgomery County will become a noted destination for historic education, local, national and international tourists.

Additional affiliations include Montgomery County Sister Cities, Montgomery County African American Advisory Group, NAACP, National Council of Negro Women, Montgomery County Board of Election, and past member of the Montgomery County Deputy Superintendent’s Minority Achievement Council.

Lorna is a resident of Germantown and the mother of young adult twin daughters, who attended Montgomery County public schools and are now college-educated career women. She is a long-time member of the People’s Community Baptist Church in Silver Spring, where she has served as the Vice Chair of the Trustee Board and currently serves as Vice Chair of The People’s Foundation.

My Priorities

My campaign will focus on four key priority areas:

xEducation

Quality Education

including equity in student access to high-quality education, class size, teacher pay, and school safety

xPublic Safety

Public Safety and Security

including issues involving gang violence, police engagement, mental health, and opioid awareness

xEconomic

Universal Economic Viability

including affordable housing and child care, sustaining wages, job growth, and women’s empowerment, attracting & retaining businesses

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Transportation Infrastructure

including identifying and addressing the distinct transportation challenges and needs of residents in different parts of the county.

I look forward to opportunities to talk with residents across the county over the next several months about these and other issues that are important to you. I want to know what issues keep you up at night so that I can focus on targeted solutions to address the real needs of the county’s residents.
 

Get Involved

“Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve…. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
~Martin Luther King, Jr.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Calendar of Events

  • 09.16.2017Campaign Kick-Off

    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    The Residences at Congressional Village
    198 Halpine Road, Rockville, MD
    RSVP to: info@lornaphillipsforde.com
    Donate: ONLINE or DOWNLOAD FORM
    **Free Parking: Congressional Plaza Shopping Center / Onsite Garage Parking (passes available in lobby)
  • 11.18.2017Thanksgiving Day Prade

    Come walk with us during the County Thanksgiving Day Parade!
    Grab your parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren and let's have a good time!

    The parade starts at 10:00 a.m. More information will be provided, as soon as it is available, regarding the meeting time and location.

    THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING LORNA PHILLIPS FORDE FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY COUNCIL AT-LARGE!!

    VOLUNTEERS CAN RSVP EMAIL info@lornaphillipsforde.com FOR MORE DETAILS

 
 
 
 

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