Montgomery Councilmember Navarro Selected as a National Academy of Public Administration 2021 Fellow

The National Academy of Public Administration has selected Montgomery County Councilmember Nancy Navarro as a member of the 2021 Class of Academy Fellows. According to a County press release: Selection for this prestigious fellowship is based on contributions to the field of public administration and policy. Councilmember Navarro joins more than 950 Academy Fellows including former cabinet officers, members of Congress, governors, mayors, and state legislators as well as prominent education, business, and nonprofit leaders…

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MoCo DEP Head Appointed to Regional EPA Leadership

Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Director Adam Ortiz has been named Regional Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Mid-Atlantic Region. After almost three years of leading Montgomery County DEP, Adam Ortiz has been appointed Regional Administrator for the EPA's Mid-Atlantic Region. Ortiz will be the first Marylander to serve as EPA Regional Administrator. According to the Montgomery Press Release:  “Our County’s success is a testament to the talented people we recruit and…

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Calvert Earns National Parks and Recreation Accreditation

Calvert County recently earned National Accreditation in Parks and Recreation. Calvert County's Department of Parks & Recreation recently received accreditation through the National Recreation and Park Association's (NRPA) Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). This prestigious accreditation is granted to first in class parks departments nationally. "'Achieving CAPRA accreditation is proof of Calvert County’s commitment to providing world-class parks, facilities, and programs to our residents,' said Board of County Commissioners President Earl F.…

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LEAD Maryland Seeks Fellowship Applicants

LEAD Maryland just announced Oct. 1 as the opening of applications to Class XII (2022-23) of their fellowship program.  LEAD Maryland, in a collaborative partnership with the University of Maryland Extension and several other organizations, will host this prestigious fellowship. This UME Signature Program is a leadership development experience designed for people committed to serving agriculture, natural resources, and rural communities. The program consists of 9 multi-day seminars over two years and is designed to help give up…

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State Superintendent Choudhury Builds Out Leadership Team

State Superintendent Mohammed Choudhury announced a series of leadership appointments to the State Board of Education. Superintendent Choudhury announced four new members of his leadership team today, as the Board of Education begins to transition into what it is calling "The Blueprint for Maryland's Future era." The appointments were approved by the State Board last week and will start at the Maryland State Department of Education in the coming weeks. "As we emerge from the pandemic,…

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Focusing on Communication & Teambuilding at MACoCon

A MACo Summer Conference session shares how best to build communication amongst your team and fellow government officials. At MACo’s Summer Conference, representatives from the Administrative Office of the Courts and the Maryland Municipal League provided insight into methods on how leaders can improve their communication. Nick White, PhD, Research and Evaluation Director, Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO), Administrative Office of the Courts and Tom Reynolds, Director of Education Services at the Maryland Municipal League co-presented their six focus…

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MACo Board Member & Conference Speaker Reuben Collins Publishes Second Book

MACo congratulates Board member and Charles County Commissioner Reuben B. Collins, II, Esq. on the publication of his second book, On Resistance: And the Expansion of We the People's Civil Rights in America, earlier this year. Through a series of essays authored by Collins, this book offers a different perspective on American patriotism and how it’s viewed in society. “In the American society, we think of patriotism as selfless acts of valor on the battlefield,…

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Montgomery County Welcomes Four New Regional Services Center Directors

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich has appointed four new Regional Services Center directors due to a promotion and retirements of the previous directors. Three of the current Regional Services Center Directors, Catherine Matthews, Reemberto Rodriguez, and Luisa Montero are retiring from Montgomery County Government; and Ken Hartman, formerly the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services director, assumed a new role as director of Strategic Partnerships in the Office of the County Executive. Matthews, Rodriguez and Montero have…

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Hogan to Provide Funding for College Program in Honor of Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller, Jr.
Senate President Mike Miller, Courtesy of Maryland General Assembly
Hogan to Provide Funding for College Program in Honor of Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller, Jr.

Governor Larry Hogan announced that he will be providing $1 million to Washington College in his forthcoming Fiscal Year 2023 budget proposal to fund a new directorship within the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience to honor the historic legacy of longtime Maryland Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller, Jr., who passed away in January of this year. The Miller Director of Civic Engagement will oversee programs that utilize history to address contemporary challenges…

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