Sharon Pratt Kelly

  • Spring 1995

Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly is the Mayor of the District of Columbia, the first female leader of the nation's capital and the first African-American woman to serve as mayor of a major urban city. In the early 1970's, House Speaker Thomas O'Neill appointed her Vice-Chairperson of the DC Law Revision Commission. In the mid-seventies, Ms. Kelly joined the General Counsel's office of the Potomac Electric Power Company and in 1983 became the first African-American woman ever to become vice president of the Company. Mayor Kelly has been elected to four terms as the Democratic National Committeewoman from the District of Columbia, 1977 to present. She was also elected to serve as both the first African-American and woman to serve as Treasurer of the Democratic National Committee from 1985 to 1989.