Rep. MaryAnn Black was appointed to the N.C. House of Representatives on February 15, 2017 by Governor Roy Cooper to the N.C. She represents House District 29 in Durham County and currently sits on the Appropriations, Approriations for Health and Human Services, Education—Community Colleges, Homelessness, Foster Care and Dependency, and State Personnel Committees.
Prior to becoming a legislator, MaryAnn served as a Durham County Commissioner from 1990-2002, where she was Chair for six years. She has served as President of the Durham Downtown Rotary and was the first female Chair of the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce Board. In addition to those roles, she also worked on the boards of the North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund Commission and Durham Technical Community College’s Board of Trustees.
Currently, MaryAnn is the Associate Vice President for Community Relations at Duke University Health System. In this role, she works to establish partnerships with the City of Durham, Durham County, and other agencies and organizations that support the health and human services needs of Durham’s citizens. She has worked to initiate many strategies to enhance the Health System’s relationships across the diverse sectors of our community.
For more than 30 years, she worked as a clinical social worker providing professional services to Durham families. In 1994, she was named Social Worker of the Year by the State of North Carolina and by the National Association of Social Workers. She holds a Masters in Social Work degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Benedict College in Columbia, S.C.