Abena McAllister earned her Bachelors degree with cum laude honors from Nyack College, a private evangelical Christian College. While in College, Abena learned the importance of becoming a servant leader and served the less fortunate on several missions’ trips in South America, Africa and in the United States. Her passion for serving and advocating for others compelled her to pursue a legal education.
While earning her Juris Doctorate from the David A. Clarke School of Law, Abena advocated for disabled children and their parents in special education matters. Abena further served the community while working in the Office of Councilwoman Yvette Alexander where she drafted the Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillator Requirements Act of 2013. The Act initiated a CPR and AED program across schools in the District of Columbia, which establishes procedures for responding to medical emergencies. Abena has also served Maryland residents as a Law Clerk in the Maryland Office of the Public Defender under the guidance of the current State’s Attorney for St. Mary’s County, Richard Fritz. Abena devoted time as a volunteer on the 2012 Obama for America campaign and at the 57th Presidential Inauguration.
In addition, Abena diligently campaigned for local Charles County Democrats in the 2014 Gubernatorial election. Abena is a community advocate, In December of 2014, Abena coordinated a community-wide discussion panel with notable political leaders, in an effort to give citizens of Charles County an opportunity to address their questions, concerns, and opinions regarding issues such as; community relations, policing practices, racial tension, and accountability issues.
On December 6th 2014, Abena was appointed to the Charles County Democratic Central Committee. She currently resides in Waldorf with her husband Willie and their two dogs.