Jennifer Russel, Chair

Director of Planning and a Principal at Rodgers Consulting, Inc., a civil engineering and planning firm based in Germantown, Maryland, largely responsible for the bulk of the engineering work completed at the award-winning Kentlands and Lakelands during the early days of neo-traditional town planning. Ms. Russel specializes in New Urbanist, infill development, land-use and related transportation issues in Montgomery and Frederick Counties, and was appointed the first Clarksburg Ombudsman in 2006 to lead Montgomery County’s problem-solving efforts there. She also served as Planning Director for the City of Gaithersburg, Maryland, and brings a wealth of private and public-sector experience to her role as Chair.

Samuel Raker, Treasurer & Chair Emeritus

Retired engineer and former Co-Chair of the Montgomery County Planning Board’s 2002 Transportation Policy Report Task Force, former public affairs specialist with the Maryland Department of Transportation, and former Executive Director of Committee for Montgomery.

Emmet Tydings, Secretary, Vice Chair

President of AB&T Telecom in Columbia, Maryland, and long-time regional transportation policy advocate, serving since 2002 on the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Transportation Planning Board, and since 2014 on the Greater Olney Civic Association Transportation Committee.

Mahlon G. “Lon” Anderson, Vice Chair

Managing Director, Public and Government Affairs, AAA Mid-Atlantic, a leading traffic safety advocate in the region, Anderson served on Governor Glendening’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Teen Driving, on Montgomery County’s Pedestrian Safety Blue Ribbon Panel, Task Force on Road Design Standards, and the Montgomery County Planning Board’s Transportation Policy Report Task Force. On the national level, Anderson served as a spokesman for two different federal agencies and as press deputy to two U.S. Secretaries of Education, and has been a federal and state lobbyist.

Richard Parsons, Vice Chair

Transportation policy advocate and former Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce President Richard Parsons is SMTA’s Immediate Past President. A former Maryland Government Affairs Director for the Greater Washington Board of Trade, Parsons served on the Board of Directors of both the Purple Line Now! and Corridor Cities Transitway coalitions, and has worked on many other regional transportation initiatives, including the Wilson Bridge replacement, extension of Metro’s Blue Line to Addison Road and the Inter-County Connector. He also served on several major task forces on transportation and smart-growth policy in Montgomery County.

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