Patrick is the first openly LGBTQ mayor of College Park
In 2015, after serving on the College Park City Council for 8 years, Patrick Wojahn became the first openly LGBTQ mayor of the City of College Park, Maryland. In his two terms as mayor, Patrick has improved College Park’s stature locally and nationally, and made College Park a better place to live, with new businesses, parks and trails. He has increased transparency in city government through a community listserv and weekly updates, started a community foundation to support charitable causes, established an annual event, called College Park Day, to show off what the city has to offer, and strengthened the city’s procedures and practices to fix up rental and vacant properties. His work in partnership with the University of Maryland is transforming College Park into a top-tier college town, meriting a designation by the Washingtonian magazine as the DC region’s “biggest turnaround.”
Patrick has attended leadership courses at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government as a Bohnett Fellow and has participated in the Prince George’s County Citizens Police Academy and the 2014 class of Leadership Greater Washington. He has worked as a lawyer and advocate of civil rights for people with disabilities and other minorities, for safer roads and better transportation options for pedestrians and cyclists, and for better services for low-income residents in his community.