Supervisor Margaret Angela Franklin was elected to the Prince William Board of County Supervisors on November 5, 2019. She is the first African American women to serve on the Prince William Board of Supervisors. During her tenure, she served as Vice Chair of the Board of Supervisor, Chair of the VRE Operations Board, Chair of PRTC/OmniRide and as Chair of the Economic and workforce Development committee for the Virginia Association of Counties. She is also member of the Prince William County chapter of the Coalition of 100 Black Women and is a proud member of the Prince William County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Supervisor Franklin is a former Vice President at Fulcrum DC and the former Legislative Director for Congressman Al Lawson. She has previously served as the Senior Legislative Assistant to Congresswoman Alma Adams of North Carolina and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York. She also served as President of the Senate Black Legislative Staff Caucus (SBLSC) where she implemented a monthly Speaker Series that featured Senators Tim Scott, Cory Booker, and Kirsten Gillibrand along with national public policy figures and media personalities including Karen Finney of CNN and Mona Sutphen, Former Deputy Chief of Staff to President Obama.
As President of SBLSC, she also collaborated with other congressional staff associations to host a dialogue on community policing that included DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier, CNN Contributor Angela Rye, NAACP Vice Chair Hilary Shelton, and Senior Counsel to the House Judiciary Committee Keenan Keller. She also helped to organize a vigil of over 200 minority congressional staffers on the steps of the U.S. Capitol featuring the Chaplain of the U.S. Senate along with several Members of the Congressional Black Caucus to protest the killing of Michael Brown.
She is currently leading the effort to create more affordable housing in Prince William County and led the effort to create the Racial and Social Justice Commission, the first of its kind in Prince William County. Other key initiatives led by Supervisor Franklin include creating a Health Department for Prince William County, creating a sustainability commission, creating an award- winning Child Advocacy Center to help victims of child abuse, and renaming Jefferson Davis Highway which passed with bipartisan support. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Supervisor Franklin received her master’s degree from Howard University in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She currently resides in Woodbridge, Virginia where her passion is working to create public policy initiatives that have a positive and lasting impact on diverse communities.