Councilmember Izola (Zola) Shaw

Izola (Zola) Shaw is a councilmember for the City of Rockville. She is liaison to the Rockville Human Rights Commission, Rockville Housing Enterprises and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ Region Forward Coalition.

Shaw has served on several Montgomery County and city boards and committees, including the Rockville Charter Review Commission. Shaw also served as chair of the Montgomery County Racial Equity and Social Justice Advisory Committee, and led the drafting and passage of the county’s Racial Equity and Social Justice Act. Shaw also served on the Montgomery County Domestic Violence Coordinating Committee and worked to provide wrap-around services to survivors and their children in support of their journey to safer and healthier lives.

For two decades, Izola has served professionally as a leader at all levels of government. She advised approximately 500 local governments across the U.S. on community preparedness and community resilience, and worked to strengthen local government infrastructure with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Shaw currently leads health community engagement and communications projects for the National Institutes of Health. Her efforts led to sharing lifesaving health information with underserved communities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shaw has been a long-time affordable housing champion by leading efforts in Rockville and Montgomery County to stabilize housing, especially for the most vulnerable communities. During the pandemic, her advocacy led to a temporary hold on rent increases and helped prevent families from being evicted and experiencing homelessness in the city.

Shaw is a proud alumna of Howard University, where she graduated magna cum laude with a dual degree in political science and history. On graduating from Howard University, she went on to receive her master’s in economic and community development at Johns Hopkins University. Shaw’s experiences at these two prestigious universities led her to serve throughout western and southern Africa, where she spearheaded community economic development projects in some of the world’s most impoverished communities.

Councilmember Izola Shaw
Councilmember Shaw