She attended LaSalle Elementary School and the Bertie Backus Junior. High in northeast District of Columbia She graduated High Point High School and then Towson University with a Bachelor of Arts in mass communication in 1982.
In 2014 she was a candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, running on the ticket of Attorney General Doug Gansler. She got her master"s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland in 1992. She later used her degrees to earn a job as Company-Host of "Say Baltimore," at WMAR-television in 1983.
She was a writer and producer for WMAR from 1984 to 1988.
In 1988, she served as then-Congressman Benjamin Cardin"s press secretary. She is a freelance writer and the director of Media Relations for the Community Teachers Institute.
In 2014, Ivey did not run for re-election to her House seat but instead ran for Lieutenant Governor. The Gansler-Ivey team lost to the Brown-Ullman campaign in the democratic primary election, coming in second.
She was assigned to the Ways and Means Committee and its election law and revenues subcommittees.
She was vice-chair of the Bi-County Committee in the Prince George"s County Delegation. She also served in the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland and the Women Legislators of Maryland. In her first session in Annapolis, Ivey got her first bill passed and signed into law.
HB968 established the Post Adoption Support Services Pilot Program which identifies children eligible for post adoption support services and requires local Departments of Social Services to conduct assessment of the needs adopted children.
2006 Race for Maryland House of Delegates – 47th District
Voters to choose three:
During the 2008 presidential campaign, Ivey supported Barack Obama and went to the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado as a delegate pledge to Barack Obama.
Ivey has been a member of House of Delegates since January 10, 2007.
Married Glenn Ivey; 5 children.