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Community Action Board (CAB)

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CAB serves in an advisory capacity to the County Executive and County Council, and as an advocate on behalf of the poor and working poor of the County. Members are appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council. CAB supports governance of Community Action Agency programs, including Head Start. The CAB meets the 4th Tuesday of the month (except in July, August and December) at 7 PM at 1401 Rockville Pike, Room 3603. The CAB Executive Committee meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 6 PM at 1401 Rockville Pike, Room 3603 or 3503.

A virtual graduation ceremony for the Community Advocacy Institute will be held in the place of a regular CAB meeting on May 19, 2020 at 7 pm.  

Join Zoom Meeting by Video Call:

Please note that this event is password protected.  To participate, please call 240-777-1708 or send email to

Community Action Board Members

Isaac Osei Asare, Secretary
Representative of the Low-Income Community, Bethesda

Meredith Bowers
Private Nonprofit Representative, Nonprofit Montgomery 

Valerie Chatfield-Smith
Representative of the Low-Income Community, Gaithersburg

Lisa Conlon
Government/Public Representative, Board of Education

Lisette Engel
Representative of the Low-Income Community, Germantown

Candace Groudine
Government/Public Representative, Human Rights Commission 

Laura E. Irwin, Chair
Private Nonprofit Representative, Spanish Catholic Center, Catholic Charities

Ron Jennings
Private Nonprofit Representative, Coalition for the Advancement of Financial Education

Jeffery Johnson
Private Nonprofit Representative, People’s Community Baptist Church

Tiffany Jones, Vice Chair
Representative of the Head Start Policy Council and of the Low-Income Community, Rockville

Will Kenlaw
Government/Public Representative, Department of Transportation 

Danette Lawrence
Government/Public Representative, Housing Opportunities Commission

Agnes Leshner
Private Nonprofit Representative, Montgomery’s Kids

Pamela Luckett
Government/Public Representative, County Council Designee

Myriam Paul
Representative of the Low-Income Community, Rockville

Samuel Sharper, Jr.
Private Nonprofit Representative, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity

Michael Subin
Government/Public Representative, County Executive’s Designee

Zelda Wafer-Alonge
Representative of the Head Start Policy Council and the Low-Income Community, Wheaton

*If you would like to contact the Community Action Board, please call 240-777-1697 or send email to the Staff Liaison.

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Community Advocacy Institute

The Community Action Board established the Community Advocacy Institute (CAI) in 2016 to teach advocacy skills to low-income residents.  Participants attend monthly workshops on a variety of topics, such as how to work with elected officials, storytelling, letter-writing and giving testimony, and exploring key advocacy issues for low-income residents.  Board members facilitate all of the workshops and welcome guest speakers, including County Councilmembers, advocates, and issue experts.

Participants must be residents of Montgomery County with a household income of $55,000 or less.  Successful completion of the CAI includes participation in all workshops throughout the eight-month program and completion of an advocacy project.   The CAI runs October through May. 

The 2019 Community Advocacy Institute

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