My name is Elizabeth MacKenzie, but please call me Beth. I am a Social Worker and Community Advocate here in Prince George's County.
I’ve spent most of my career involved in public policy or legislation in one form or another. After completing a Master’s of Social Work in community organizing and public policy from the University of Michigan, I started my career in the U.S Senate, where I helped to develop and negotiate bipartisan immigration and healthcare legislation. When I left the Hill, I lobbied on behalf of Medicaid directors and ultimately worked for the state of Colorado, where I managed the development of a program to allow adults with disabilities to buy into Medicaid and receive benefits while continuing to work.
In 2012, I took a break from the government to start my own business, a gourmet s’mores company called Fluffed Up Desserts. The job got more challenging once our twins arrived, but I eventually managed to get my products accepted into several local grocery stores, including Whole Foods. I sold the business shortly before running for Ward 6 council member.
As the representative for Ward 6, I worked on improving town and council communications with Cheverly residents. I published a semi-regular newsletter with information from our town meetings and work sessions, and I worked with Chief Towers to implement a townwide alert system, which would allow any resident who opts in to receive real-time notifications about public safety issues by the method (text/email/phone) of their choice. I also worked to improve the accessibility of town facilities, securing an automatic door for the community center and pushing for a new accessible playground.
Since my term on council ended I've been working with legislators and organizations to connect working people across Maryland with their state and local legislators.