More about Odette

Odette is Puerto Rican and grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, coming to Baltimore in 1991 to attend Goucher College. Odette has a long history of living in the 14th District. She currently lives in Charles Village, and has lived in Coldstream Homestead Montebello, Tuscany Canterbury, and Abell neighborhoods. Odette has a 7 year old daughter with her husband, John Spurrier. 

 

About Odette

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Odette's Education and Professional Experience

 Odette moved to Baltimore in 1991 to attend Goucher College, where she served as Student Government President for three years and graduated with honors in a self-created major called Social Justice. Odette then earned her Master's of Science in Public Policy from the Eagleton Institute at Rutgers University. She worked for Delegate Jim Campbell in the Maryland House of Delegates and then US Senator Barbara Mikulski. She worked as the Neighborhood Programs Director for Greater Homewood Community Corporation where she lead the Neighborhood Congress in 1998. She was the founding director for the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance. She started her own consulting firm, Strategic Management Consulting in 2005 where she worked with nonprofits and small businesses to help them be more efficient and effective. As a consultant, Odette facilitated and developed the 10 year community plan for the Hampden community and the Coldstream Homestead Montebello redevelopment plan. Odette was hired as the Executive Director of the Community Development Network of Maryland in 2013 and holds that position today. In that role she leads the organization and advocates for more affordable housing, neighborhood revitalization and family stability legislation and policies. 

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Odette's Volunteer and Community Service

 Odette was a co-founder of the Village Learning Place in 1997, a community run library and learning center that emerged from the old St. Paul Street Library. She served as the Chair of the Baltimore Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in 2007-2009, Abell Improvement Association President in 2005. Odette was elected to the Democratic State Central Committee representing legislative District 43 in 2014 and is now serving her second term in that role. As a new mom in 2012, she founded two playgroups in Charles Village, the Sing-Along Playgroup and Mother Goose on the Loose at the 29th Street Community Center. Odette is the former board chair of the Baltimore Community Mediation Center. She serves on the Board of the Urban Children Foundation and Civic Works, and is the Board Chair for the new Fair Housing Action Center of Maryland. Odette is the co-founder and co-chair of Baltimore Women United, a volunteer women's group founded after the election of Trump to elect more women to public office, activate women on issues around sexual harassment and assault, family separation, violence, and more. 

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Odette's Accomplishments

 Odette's recent accomplishments include leading the passage of the Baltimore City Affordable Housing Trust Fund ballot initiative, and numerous pieces of legislation in the Maryland General Assembly to address vacant and blighted properties as well as protect homeowners from predatory tax sale process. She was recognized as an Influential Marylander by the Daily Record in 2019 for her accomplishments, and with the Warfield Dickens Award in 2019 for her advocacy for justice in housing. As a volunteer with Baltimore Women United, Odette has helped organize the Baltimore Women's March, and worked to elect more women to public office. She has been instrumental in empowering women to be more involved in the political process. Odette is also a graduate of the 2019 Emerge Maryland class.