The Human Rights Commission (HRC) was established in 1969. It is comprised of 11 members and a non-voting student member, 18 years old or under. Commissioners must live in Howard County and represent the diversity of county residents. The duties and responsibilities of the Commission are prescribed by law and include recommending a civil rights policy to the County Executive and the County Council. This includes having the authority to conduct surveys and studies concerning civil liberties in order to promote equality in the community. In addition to hosting the annual HRC awards, they support OHRE outreach activities.
- Scott B. Markow, Chair
- Bianca Chang, Vice Chair
- Bob Ford
- Gabriel Terrasa
- Peter Hwang
- Joan Hash
- Kui Zhao
- Lynda Earle
- Mabrooka Chaudhry
- Jonathon DI Pietr (Student Member)
- Melissa Goldmeier, HRC Legal Counsel, Howard County Office of Law
- Yolanda F. Sonnier, Executive Secretary
- Marla Moore, Recording Secretary
The Human Rights Commission meets every third Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM, except in August. HRC meetings are open to the public.
January 30th Retreat
November 19, 2020
November 15th (Meeting Canceled)
2021 Human Rights Commission Awards
Do you know a Howard County resident or organization who works for human and civil rights? If so, nominate them for a Human Rights Commission Award. Please submit nominations by August 15, 2021.