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Community Action Board (CAB)

Community Action Board at Community Advocacy Institute Event









 

CAB serves in an advisory capacity to the County Executive and County Council, and as an advocate on behalf of lower-income County residents. CAB also serves as the governing body for the Community Action Agency and Head Start. 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.

FY23 Community Action Board Meetings

September 20, 2022 - Rock Creek Regional Park
October 25, 2022 - Zoom
November 29, 2022 - Zoom
January 24, 2023 - Zoom
February 28, 2023 - Zoom
March 28, 2023 - Zoom
April 25, 2023 - Zoom
May 23, 2023 - In-person meeting, Location TBD
June 27, 2023 - Zoom

*All board meetings are open to the public. If you would like to attend a meeting, please call
240-777-1697 or send email 
to the Staff Liaison to request the meeting link.


Community Action Board Members

Elaine Carballo
Private Sector Representative, EveryMind

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

Lisa Conlon, At-Large Executive Committee Member
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
Private Sector Representative, Mercy Health Clinic

Candace Groudine

Government/Public Representative, Human Rights Commission

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, At-Large Executive Committee Member
Government/Public Representative, County Council Designee

Eneshal Miller
Private Sector Representative, Everyday Canvassing

Evelyn Okutu
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
Private Sector Representative, Hughes United Methodist Church

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

Zelda Wafer-Jones, Vice Chair
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) 

The Community Action Board established the Community Advocacy Institute (CAI) in 2016 to teach advocacy skills to lower-income residents. This FREE program includes monthly workshops on a variety of topics, such as how to work with elected officials, storytelling, letter-writing and developing testimony, and 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 $60,000 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. Recruitment for the 2023 - 2024 CAI will begin in July 2023.
 


Community Advocacy Institute

Community Advocacy Institute

2022 Community Advocacy Institute Graduation
CAI Graduation Sign

Created by the Community Action Board in 2016, the Community Advocacy Instiute (CAI) is an 8-month advocacy training program for lower-income Montgomery County residents. This year, 21 participants successfully completed the program and participated in a graduation on May 24 at Bohrer Park. The event included remarks from Community Action Board members, elected officials, and DHHS leadership. Learn more about the CAI HERE.


CAI Graduation Program
Message for CAI graduates from Council President Albornoz
Message for CAI graduates from Councilmember Jawando
Message for CAI Graduates from Councilmember Friedson
 

Pictures from the 2022 CAI Graduation

2022 CAI Graduates CAI Planning Committee CAI Graduation
     
County Executive Elrich Laurie Anne Sayles Council President Albornoz
Council Vice President Glass Councilmember Katz CAB Chair Tiffany Jones
Betty Lam CAI Participants CAI Participants
CAI Participants CAI Graduation CAI Graduation
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CAI Graduation CAI Graduation CAI Graduation

 


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