Mayes was born in Washington, DC, a product of DC Public Schools and he received a B. B. A. from Howard University. He earned a M. A. in Public Policy Analysis from Rutgers University in and his J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law – Newark.
Mayes, a former Executive with Mergentine/Perini General Contractors from 1981-1989, building Metro’s Green Line along U Street and 7th Street. Mr. Mayes’ professional experience also includes banking and law. Presently, he consults on real estate and small business development, and is the co-owner of DIVINE SHINE, a leather care business on T Street that has been honored as “The Best New Business in Shaw” by the Shaw Main Streets Program for this year.
Mayes is a third term elected Representative to the DC Democratic State Committee, from Ward One. He has served as Chairman of the United Planning Organization (UPO); Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1B and the 14Th & U Streets Coalition. Mayes is currently President of the Urban Forest Council of Washington, D.C. and Chairman of the 3rd District Police Citizens Advisory Council.
Mr. Mayes and his wife, Geraldine (Gerri), are proud parents of their daughters, Leslie and Evan and son, Justin.