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Councilman Patoka's Biography

Elected in 2018 by a margin of nearly 44 percent (72 percent to 28), Izzy Patoka is the councilman for the second district of Baltimore County, which includes Pikesville, Owings Mills, Reisterstown, Glyndon, Lutherville and Ruxton.

Mr. Patoka was previously the Director of Community Development for LifeBridge Health where he directed the development and implementation of a multidimensional plan to improve the quality of life for those living and working in the areas surrounding LifeBridge campus locations in Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Carroll County. He also worked to enhance community leadership and capacity building, education and workforce development, business and economic development and neighborhood improvement. Among Mr. Patoka’s many accomplishments at LifeBridge Health, he established the highest performing "Aging in Place" program in the region.

Prior to LifeBridge Health, Mr. Patoka served simultaneously as the Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives and as the Director of the Governor’s Intergovernmental Affairs Office for the State of Maryland.

Prior to that appointment, Mr. Patoka worked for the Mayor of Baltimore as the founding Director of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods. During his tenure, the Office was nationally recognized as a recipient of the prestigious National Association of Counties’ (NACo) Multicultural Diversity Award for extraordinary outreach to ethnic communities. This prestigious award is cosponsored by the Women Officials in NACo, the National Association of Black County Officials and the National Association of Hispanic County Officials

Before that, Mr. Patoka served as Deputy Director for the Baltimore County Department of Planning, prior to which he was with the Baltimore City Department of Planning as the Division Chief for Capital Budgeting. He is nationally certified as a planner by the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Mr. Patoka is a graduate of Towson University where he received both his Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Arts degree in Geography and Environmental Planning.

Mr. Patoka has also been presented the distinction of Fellow with the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance by the University of Maryland's Institute for Governmental Service, the Local Government Insurance Trust, the Maryland Association of Counties and the Maryland Municipal League. He also serves on numerous boards and committees, is a member of the Parent Committee of the George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology and volunteers as a youth basketball coach for the Greater Pikesville Recreation Council.

Mr. Patoka, his wife Denise and their 17-year-old son Rory are members of the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation and live in the historic community of Sudbrook Park.

Revised November 30, 2018

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