Senior Advisor, Energy and Environment
Former Maryland Governor Parris Glendening is as a senior advisor of energy and environment for NSI, where he works to develop winning legislative and marketing strategies. Prior to NSI, Governor Glendening served as Governor of the State of Maryland from 1994 to 2004, serving two consecutive terms. During his tenure as Maryland’s highest elected state leader, Governor Glendening made the environment, especially smart growth, education and inclusiveness, the heart of his legislative and administrative priorities. Governor Glendening had the honor of being elected chairman of the National Governor’s Association by his colleagues, where he made quality of life issues his top agenda item and also served as president of the Council of State Governments.
Before starting his career in public service, Governor Glendening taught political science for 27 years at the University of Maryland before being elected Governor in 1994 where his textbooks on government and politics were used in over 400 colleges and universities across the nation.
Governor Glendening was elected to statewide office after serving three terms as county executive of Prince George’s County, a jurisdiction of 800,000 outside of Washington, D.C. Governor Glendening also serves as President of Smart Growth Leadership Institute, part of Smart Growth America, a nationwide coalition of nearly 100 organizations promoting a better and more healthy way to grow; one that protects open space and farmland, revitalizes neighborhoods, keeps housing affordable, and makes communities more livable. As president, Governor Glendening travels the country advising about the dangers of urban sprawl and its effect on our health, our prosperity and our communities as well as recommending a range of solutions to governors and public leaders.
For his dedication to preserving open space, ending sprawl, and revitalizing Maryland’s communities, Governor Glendening received the American Society of Landscape Architects’ Olmsted Award and the Harvard Innovations in American Government Award. He was also named a “Public Official of the Year” by Governing Magazine, based on the impact of his nationally-recognized Smart Growth program. He received this award twice — once at the local level and once at the state level. He is the only person to have that honor as both a state and local official. He also received the National Civic Leagues’ All American City Award, which was presented to him by President Reagan.
Governor Glendening lives in Annapolis with his wife Jennifer and his daughter Bri, his son Raymond is a graduate of West Virginia University. Governor Glendening received a bachelor’s degree in 1964 from Florida State University, a master’s degree in 1965 and a doctorate degree in 1967, all in the area of political science.