Prior to her appointment in 2018, Candace previously was the Assistant Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs at UMBC, a Vice President at the Greater Baltimore Committee and, and for almost eight years, served as the Deputy Chief of Staff/Director of Constituent and Community Affairs for Howard County Government.
In 2012, Candace founded the African American Community Roundtable of Howard County, an umbrella group that connects members of the local Black community. Candace serves as Vice Chair of the US Commission on Civil Rights – Maryland State Advisory Committee, on the American Forests Board, on the Maryland Hospital Association Board, on the Maryland League of Conservation Voters Board, and on the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County Advisory Committee.
Candace graduated from UMBC with a B.A. in English and received her graduate degree from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. She also graduated from the Institute for Educational Management at The Harvard University Graduate School of Education and completed Cornell University’s Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program.