Speaker

Patrick Wojahn

Mayor

College Park, Maryland

Biography

Patrick Wojahn is Mayor of College Park and also works an advocate for trails and safe bicycle and pedestrian networks as Director of Government Relations at Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. Previously, Patrick worked as a policy and legal advocate for the rights of people with disabilities and for people living with HIV/AIDS in the DC metro area. Patrick has served as Chair of the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board, Vice Chair for City Livability and Bicycling with the US Conference of Mayors and on the Boards of Directors of the National League of Cities, College Park Community Foundation and Equality Maryland.

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Patrick received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 2002. He has lived in College Park with his husband, Dave Kolesar, for over twelve years. He also completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Public Policy and is a graduate of the spring 2012 class of the Prince George’s County Citizens Police Academy and the 2014 class of Leadership Greater Washington.

Patrick ran for Mayor in 2015 after serving for 8 years on the City Council in order to help College Park realize its unfulfilled promise of becoming a top-tier college town. As mayor, Patrick has focused on racial equity and diversity, including hiring the city’s first Racial Equity Officer and pursuing restorative justice to address the long-standing impacts of urban renewal in College Park’s historic African-American neighborhood of Lakeland.