Omar M. Boulware, appointed Commissioner from Prince George's County in November 2013, has a long history of military, public and community service. A Navy veteran, Commissioner Boulware is a congressional relations officer in the Department of Veterans Affairs. He advises the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on Congressional interests, including veteran outreach, veteran small business, and collaboration between the VA and the Department of Defense. His areas of expertise include budgeting, financial management and legislation.
While attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Mr. Boulware volunteered for service in the United States Navy, where he served a three-year tour of duty on the staff for Chief of Naval Operations in the Pentagon. Upon completion of active duty, he entered federal civil service as a legislative liaison in the Department of the Navy's Office of Legislative Affairs. He concurrently served in the U.S. Navy Reserve from 2000 to 2012, earning the rank of Petty Officer First Class.
Commissioner Boulware and his family live in Mitchellville, where he is involved in the community. He is vice president of the Greater Marlboro Democratic Club and the former president of the Prince George's County Young Democrats. A board member of Enterprise Estates Civic Association, he also served as vice president of Chapel Oaks/Beaver Heights Civic Association. Mr. Boulware was a Maryland Fire-Rescue Education and Training Commissioner. Mr. Boulware was a member of the Prince George's County Personnel Board, and in 2011 was a member of County Executive Rushern Baker's transition committee.
Commissioner Boulware is a 2005 honors graduate of Strayer University with a BBA degree in Management and a minor in Economics. He was a 2007 Rawlings Fellow at University of Maryland's James McGregor Burns Academy of Leadership. He is also a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Commissioner Boulware was elected and served as Chairman of the Commission from June 2014 to June 2015.