Paris Bienert is a community organizer, social worker, and native Southeast Baltimorean who is running for City Council in Baltimore’s First District. Born in Butcher’s Hill, Paris is passionate about the future of our City and the success of all its people. Today, she lives near Patterson Park and serves as Vice-President of the Fells Prospect Community Association.
Paris is a well-known political activist in Baltimore, as well as a leading voice for women and youth involvement in the political process. She is no stranger to the intersection of community activism and politics. She has worked to advance women’s rights and fought to increase access to reproductive healthcare. As Programs Director for the National Women’s Political Caucus, Paris advocated for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment and supported over 60 women candidates for federal office. She has also led volunteer efforts for campaigns at the local, state, and federal levels.
In 2018, Paris decided to get off the sidelines and increase women’s participation in her own community. She was elected to the Baltimore City State Central Committee, earning the second-highest number of votes in a 15-person field and becoming the youngest person elected. She was then chosen by her peers to serve as Chair of the Committee in the 46th District. In this role, Paris led the efforts that doubled voter turnout in the First District in 2018.
Paris will complete her graduate degree at the University of Maryland’s School of Social Work in May of 2019. In her free time, she plays for the Baltimore Blizzard Women’s Ice Hockey Team and coaches a youth hockey program in Patterson Park.