Monique Anderson-Walker, the first African-American woman elected to Prince George’s County’s 8th Council District, has a longstanding commitment to improving the quality of life of her constituents through education and workforce initiatives, public safety and transportation investments, community resources and programs, as well as infrastructure improvements such as sewer capacity and stormwater remediation.
Strengthening our Workforce
Anderson-Walker has led noteworthy economic development initiatives and facilitated lifelong career paths focused on family supporting careers in technology and innovation. This includes partnering with the Global Air Drone Academy to establish The S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) camp, a free drone program in which the students learn the rules of drone construction, piloting and coding. These skills pair students with an opportunity to gain drone pilot licenses. Joint Base Andrews Command and the Intelligence Community (IC) have supported the program with access to Joint Base Andrews SPARKX Center, a renowned incubator, as well as IC-led seminars. This outstanding coalition also provides internship and career opportunities for teens in District 8.
Modernizing the Transit Grid
As vice-chair of the Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment (TIEE) committee and a member of the Transportation Planning Board sub-committee at Council of Governments (2019-2020), Anderson-Walker advocated for the prioritization of transit to connect National Landing in Arlington, Virginia (an Amazon HQ) to major travel arteries in Prince George’s County – enabling business retention, growth, expansion and attraction. Her focus on regional connectivity – transporting commuters over the Woodrow Wilson Bridge into Prince George’s County, and extending access to Oxon Hill and Allentown Roads – creates viability for transit-oriented live, work and play hubs.
The devastation stemming from roadway fatalities involving vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists has led Anderson-Walker to develop the #DrivingItHome Campaign. Launched in February 2019 in area high schools, #DrivingItHome focuses on changing driving culture and saving lives. The popularity of the program led to its expansion beyond Prince George’s 8th District, growing regionally into Montgomery County, the District of Columbia and Fairfax County, Virginia. Four months after the #DrivingItHome initiative was launched as a pilot program, Prince George’s County established its Vision Zero initiative to reduce roadway fatalities to zero by 2040. For her accomplishments in this arena, Anderson-Walker received the Washington Area Bike Association Vision Zero Award in 2020.
Expanding Access to All Forms of Care
Anderson-Walker has successfully negotiated to bring several healthcare service-related entities to Prince George’s County, and as a commercial real estate broker, she is focused on maximizing hospitality with exceptional healthcare that is unique to our region. Anderson-Walker also initiated a study to establish a “Destination Wellness” economy aimed at taking market share of an anticipated $40 billion to be spent globally on medical tourism by 2025. This healthcare-focused economy is ripe for success, benefitting from a plethora of health care professionals, health care entities and teaching hospitals, which also enhances the quality of care available to those already living in the community. Just as important, our health can be further enhanced by investing in wellness-focused living and natural resources, including our extensive tree canopy, scenic rivers and hike and bike trails that make it possible.
Anderson-Walker's initiatives include the WOW Factor, a platform that takes a holistic look at self-care, mental and physical health, and financial wellness. Her “Get Active, Stay Healthy” event held in 2019 was designed to provide seniors with resources and an outlet to socialize and “keep moving” as they age.
She’s also initiated programs that support and recognize caregivers and grandparents who are taking care of the elderly and rearing future generations. Since 2019, she has hosted Domestic Violence “Bystander” symposiums that address anger management, gun violence, domestic violence and sex trafficking. Anderson-Walker met the pandemic head on by creating mental health initiatives for students during COVID-19 -- hosting virtual town halls to address their anxieties and to learn coping exercises from psychologists.
Addressing Climate Change and Preserving Green Spaces
Among her other accomplishments, Anderson-Walker has supported policies aimed at preserving and increasing tree canopy, stormwater management studies and best practices, twice-per week trash collection, and increasing our building design standards for universal living. Since 2018, Prince George’s County has received more than 2,400 calls related to flooding and stormwater management issues, thus emphasizing the need for a flooding study for the County. This need prompted Anderson-Walker to lead the passage of Council Resolution 29-2021, directing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct an updated flood study. Finally, as the United States sees record investment in green infrastructure, Anderson-Walker is working toward establishing Prince George’s County’s first Green Bank to bring green energy infrastructure benefits back to our residents and minority-owned businesses.
A Small Business Owner and Advocate for All
After nearly 20 years in real estate, Anderson-Walker founded Fleur de Lis in 2016, a commercial real estate brokerage firm headquartered in National Harbor. She has a long history of community service and is a member of the Prince George’s County Chapter of The Links, Inc. She is the co-chair and co-developer (2007) of Links at the Legislature, collaborating with members of the Maryland General Assembly, thought leaders, and faith-based nonprofits to assist in crafting and advocating for bills to improve the health and education of children. Her efforts have helped 18 General Assembly bills become state law.
Councilwoman Anderson-Walker holds an M.S. degree in Real Estate from Johns Hopkins University, an M.A. degree in Political Science from Howard University, and a B. A. degree in International Studies from Emory University. She is a lifelong Prince George’s County resident, where she and her husband, Maryland State Delegate Jay Walker, raised their children – Jasmine, Jeannine and Jewel.