Community Action Board (CAB)

Community Action Board Members at TESS Ribbon-Cutting

As the federally, state, and locally designated anti-poverty group, the CAB advocates for policies that address the needs of lower-income County residents. CAB also serves as the governing body for the Community Action Agency and, in collaboration with the Head Start Parent Policy Council, the County's Head Start program. Members are appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council. The CAB typically meets the on 4th Tuesday of the month (except in July, August and December) at 6 pm. The CAB Executive Committee meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 6 pm. All meetings are virtual unless otherwise specified on the Board Meetings webpage.

CAB Advocacy in FY23

Board Meetings

Community Action Board Members

Elaine Carballo,  Private Sector Representative, EveryMind

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


Lisa Conlon, Government/Public Representative, Board of Education

Erika Conner, At-Large Executive Committee Member
Representative of the Low-Income Community, Burtonsville

Lisette Orellana Engel
Representative of the Low-Income Community, Germantown

Denise Fredericks, At-Large Executive Committee
Private Sector Representative, Mercy Health Clinic

Jeffery Johnson, Chair
Private Sector Representative, People’s Community Baptist Church

Will Kenlaw
Government/Public Representative, Department of Transportation

Danette Lawrence
Government/Public Representative, Housing Opportunities Commission

Pamela Luckett
Government/Public Representative, County Council Designee

Evelyn Okutu, At-Large Executive Committee
Representative of the Head Start Policy Council and the Low-Income Community, Germantown

Myriam Paul, Secretary
Representative of the Low-Income Community, Rockville

Timothy Robinson
Private Sector Representative, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity

Claudia Simmons, Vice Chair
Private Sector Representative, Hughes United Methodist Church

Michael Subin, At-Large Executive Committee Member
Government/Public Representative, County Executive’s Designee

Zelda Wafer-Jones
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.

Community Advocacy Institute (CAI) 

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The Community Action Board established the Community Advocacy Institute (CAI) in 2016 to teach advocacy skills to lower-income residents with lived experience. This FREE program includes monthly workshops on a variety of topics, such as how to work with elected officials, storytelling, research, developing testimony, and key advocacy issues in the County. Board members facilitate all of the workshops and welcome guest speakers, including elected officials, advocates, and issue experts. The CAI runs October through May and is a completely bilingual program in English and Spanish. The FY23 program is now underway. Recruitment for the 2024 - 2025 CAI will begin in July 2024.

Congratulations to the CAI Class of 2023!

Community Advocacy Institute Graduation

CAI Graduation Program