Bruce R. Williams, Takoma Park, Chair (chosen by Board, 1-year term)

Michael C. Rogers, Executive Director

777 North Capitol St., NE, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20002 - 4239
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The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments was formed in 1957 as an independent, nonprofit association of officials from seventeen local governments surrounding Washington, DC; members of the Maryland and Virginia legislatures; and members of Congress. The Council functioned as a voluntary instrument for inter-local cooperation until its incorporation in 1965 as an intergovernmental agency of its participating county and municipal governments.

The Council develops regional responses to issues such as the environment, economic development, population growth, transportation, housing, health, public safety, human relations, and family concerns. It also is designated by the federal government as the regional planning organization for metropolitan Washington, DC. To assist with planning, the Council provides a regional geographic information system and specialized computer and technical services.

Annually, participating local governments and caucuses of state legislative delegations from the region choose the Board of Directors. The Board consists of twenty-seven members: four selected from the District of Columbia; three each from Fairfax County, Virginia, and Montgomery County, Maryland; two from Prince George's County; one from each remaining local jurisdiction; and one member each from the Maryland and Virginia legislatures. The Council is supported by financial contributions from its participating local governments, federal and state government contracts, and through donations from foundations and the private sector.

Carol Schwartz, District of Columbia, Chair

Appointed by Chair:
Rockville: Robert E. Dorsey
Takoma Park: Bruce R. Williams

Montgomery County: Philip M. Andrews
Prince George's County: M. H. (Jim) Estepp

The Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments created the Ad Hoc Task Force on Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness on November 14, 2001, in response to the terrorist events of September 11, 2001. The Task Force is developing a regional emergency coordination plan that includes emergency communications, and a GIS-based infrastructure. The plan is being devised in cooperation with Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, the Council's participating governments, and agencies of the federal government.

Jay Fisette, Arlington County, Virginia, Chair (chosen by Chair, Board of Directors, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, 1-year term-Jan.)

Appointed by Maryland municipal governments:
Bowie: Jack D. Jenkins
College Park: Robert T. Catlin
Gaithersburg: John B. Schlichting
Greenbelt: Alan Turnbull
Rockville: Susan R. Hoffman
Takoma Park: Joy Austin-Lane

Appointed by Maryland county governments:
Frederick County: Richard B. Weldon
Montgomery County: Nancy H. Dacek; Elizabeth B. Davison; Marilyn J. Praisner.
Prince George's County: P. Michael Errico; Ronald V. Russell.

Selected by legislative delegations of Frederick, Montgomery & Prince George's counties: Obie Patterson

The Metropolitan Development Policy Committee advises the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Board on policy issues relating to planning, land use, forecasting, and economic development. The Committee promotes regional coordination of land use, transportation and environmental policies.

Robert J. Wright, Rockville, Maryland, Chair (chosen by Committee, 1-year term)

Appointed by Maryland municipal governments:
Bowie: vacancy
College Park: Eric C. Olsen
Gaithersburg: Geraldine E. Edens
Greenbelt: Thomas X. White
Rockville: vacancy
Takoma Park: Larry Rubin

Appointed by Maryland county governments:
Calvert County: David Brownlee
Charles County: Victoria Greenfield
Frederick County: Terre Roy Rhoderick
Montgomery County: Philip M. Andrews; Douglas M. Duncan; Blair G. Ewing.
Prince George's County: Peter A. Shapiro; Samuel E. Wynkoop, Jr.

Selected by legislative delegations from Calvert, Charles, Frederick, Montgomery & Prince George's counties: Arthur Dorman; James W. Hubbard.

Appointed by Secretary of the Environment: Ann Marie DiBiase

Appointed by Secretary of Transportation: John (Nat) Bottigheimer

In 1991, the Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee was certified by the mayor of Washington, DC, and the governors of Maryland and Virginia to carry out planning requirements of the federal Clean Air Act amendments of 1990 in the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area. The Committee develops strategies to reduce emissions that pollute the air. The Committee also conducts air quality regional planning to meet federal deadlines mandated for ozone reduction and other requirements to reduce pollution from ozone and carbon monoxide.

Philip Mendelson, District of Columbia, Chair (chosen by Board in Nov., 1-year term)

Appointed by Maryland municipal governments:
Bowie: vacancy
College Park: Peter J. King
Gaithersburg: Stanley J. Alster
Greenbelt: Rodney M. Roberts
Rockville: Glennon J. Harrison
Takoma Park: Katherine H. Porter

Appointed by Maryland county governments:
Frederick County: Jan H. Gardner
Montgomery County: Nancy H. Dacek; Albert J. Genetti, Jr.
Prince George's County: Betty Hager Francis; Peter A. Shapiro.

Selected by legislative delegations of Frederick, Montgomery & Prince George's counties: Ulysses Currie; Carol S. Petzold.

Appointed by Secretary of Transportation: Marsha J. Kaiser

The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board was created in 1965 by a memorandum of agreement among officials of Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, and local governments in the region. The Board was established to meet transportation planning requirements of the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1962, and, in 1966, became associated with the Council of Governments. The Board serves as the Council's transportation policy committee.

As a condition of eligibility for federal transit and highway assistance, the Board develops and adopts regional transportation plans and programs based on assessing and analyzing data on travel patterns in the Washington metropolitan area. Since 1991, the Board has directed the use of over $500 million annually to reduce traffic congestion, meet air quality requirements, and guide development through highway and transit improvements (federal Transportation Equity Act of 1998).

Scott K. York, Loudoun County,Virginia, Chair

Representing local governments: Sherry C. Appel; Daryl Braithwaite; James A. Caldwell; Kerry J. Donley; Blair G. Ewing; Merni Fitzgerald; Larry Gavan; David P. Gray; Penny Gross; Mary K. Hill; Jerry N. Johnson; Alfred Lott; Ron L. Magnus; Shahram Mohsenin; Charles Monroe; Audrey E. Scott; John Wesley White; Ed Wilbourne.

Representing water utilities: Charles Crowder; John R. Griffin; Dale Hammes; Thomas Jacobus; Jerry N. Johnson; Michael S. Marcotte; Chuck Murray; James A. Warfield.

Stuart A. Freudberg, Director of Environmental Programs, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
(202) 962-3340

James W. Shell, Principal Water Resources Planner, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
(202) 962-3342

On July 14, 1999, the Task Force on Regional Water Supply Issues was created by the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. The Board acted in response to serious drought-related conditions that affected the water supply in the metropolitan Washington region.

Initially, the Task Force charge was to review water supply policies, plans, programs, and regional drought emergency agreements. The Task Force reported its findings to the Board of Directors on November 10, 1999. To ensure effective communication between local governments, State governments, water utilities, and other concerned parties regarding regional water supply issues, the Task Force continues to meet.

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