Judge Donine Carrington is a first generation college and law school graduate who was raised to uphold the motto “to whom much is given much is required.” Her mother was African-American and Venezuelan while her father, a United States Marine Corps veteran was African-American and Native-American.

Through their diverse lens of America they taught Judge Carrington the importance of education, faith, and public service. Applying these principles has allowed her to transform her life from an awkward Brooklyn, New York girl to an accomplished Charles County, Maryland Judge.

Spurred by a series of personal tragedies including the sudden and unexpected deaths of family members she realized the importance of pursuing her passion in her career. The deaths made her acutely aware of the life’s fragility and motivated her to perform a self-assessment. This self assessment led Judge Carrington to conclude, that she needed to do more to serve the public and help others. The Judge realized that she was at a crossroads and  decided to dedicate her life to serving others. She refers to herself as a servant leader.