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Mike Sesma

Councilmember

Gaithersburg, Maryland

Biography

Michael A. Sesma is a Council Member serving the City of Gaithersburg, Maryland. He was first elected to Gaithersburg City Council in 2005 and re-elected in 2009, 2013 and 2017. Sesma is the first Hispanic and minority elected to the Gaithersburg City Council in city history. His municipal work has focused on affordable housing, responsible fiscal management, sustainable and equitable economic development, environmental stewardship and government transparency. Prior to his election he had a long record of community involvement in education, reasonable and smart development, and diversity and inclusion in government, science and academics. He first became involved in local government as an Alderman and Trustee for the City of Pasadena Hills, in St. Louis County, Missouri.

In addition to serving the citizens of Gaithersburg, Council Member Sesma has been active with the National League of Cities (NLC) as a member of the Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Advocacy Committee since 2007, serving as Vice Chair (2011) and Chair (2012), the NLC Board of Directors (2013-2016) and Board Executive Committee (2015), the NLC Board Advisory Council (2017-present), which he chaired in 2018, and as a member of the Hispanic Elected Local Officials Constituency Group (HELO) since 2007. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Maryland Municipal League (2015-2017) and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments: Metropolitan Development Policy Committee, Region Forward Coalition.

Council Member Sesma is a neuroscientist, educator, and Federal Health Scientist Administrator. He received his BA in Biology and Psychology at the University of California, San Diego and his PhD in Psychology from the University of California, Riverside. After a successful research and teaching career in public and private universities, he joined the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda Maryland in 1994 and has responsibility for managing biomedical research and career development grant programs. He currently serves as Chief of the Postdoctoral Research Training branch at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, NIH.

Council Member Sesma and his family have been Gaithersburg and Montgomery County, Maryland, residents since 1994. They are parents of three adult daughters and two grandchildren.

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