Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board

The Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board is tasked with providing advice to the County Executive and County Council on issues affecting Silver Spring and Takoma Park. These issues include transportation, economic development, housing, youth activities and the environment. All meetings are open to the public and we encourage community participation.

The Board represents residents who live in the Silver Spring Region, which includes the area between Rock Creek Park & the Prince Georges County line, the area south of I-495 to the District of Columbia, including all of the City of Takoma Park, & all of Four Corners, including the Four Corners neighborhoods north of I-495.

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About SSCAB Committees

Current Year Board Meeting Agendas

Archive of Committee Agendas

Archive of Board Meeting Materials (Agendas, Minutes, Directors Reports, & Presentations - Starts FY 2012)

Board Correspondence & County Responses

Board Bylaws




Name       Area of Interest
​Lysette House, Chair of the Board Falkland Chase       
Sofia Bushen,  Vice Chair of the Board, Chair, Community Economic Development Committee Downtown Silver Spring
Katherine Lucas McKay,  Secretary Downtown Silver Spring
Melanie Fonder Kaye ,  Parliamentarian Falkland Chase
Don Slater, Co-Chair, Transportation, Energy and Environment Committee​ Transit, land use & housing
Mulugeta Habteselassie Ethiopian Community
John Seelke, Chair, Neighborhoods Committee Education
Jay Elvove North Hills of Sligo Creek
Edward Levy Four Corners
Delia Aguilar New Hampshire Estates
Patricia Germann Downtown Silver Spring
Michelle Foster, Co-Chair, Transportation, Energy and Environment Committee​ Woodside Park / Wooodside Forest and Montgomery Hills
Janice Marquez Oakview
Debra Wylie, Representative to the Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Committee Lyttonsville
Daniel Moijueh ​Downtown Silver Spring
Vanesa Pinto  
Kenneth Lemberg  
Jeremy Dickey
Lene Tsegaye  

Committees to the Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board

Neighborhoods Committee

Chair:  John Seelke

  • The Neighborhoods Committee handles matters pertaining to the quality of life in neighborhoods, including, but not limited to public health planning, community redevelopment, school-community relations, housing, education, the Arts, and the natural environment in the region.

Commercial Economic Development Committee

Chair: Sofia Bushen

  • The  Commercial Economic  Development Committee works on issues affecting Silver Spring's Commercial Economic Development sector, including issues pertaining to Redevelopment.

Transportation, Energy and Environment Committee

Chair:  Michelle Foster and Don Slater

  • The committee shall facilitate a community wide discussion on transportation, energy and environmental policies in order to promote sustainable living and improved quality of life for the greater Silver Spring region.

The full Board meets the second Monday of each month , 7:00 pm. All Committees meet on the fourth Monday of the month, 7:00 pm.

Meetings are held in the Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veterans Place. Parking is available at the Town Square Garage.

Meetings are currently held over ZOOM




Full Board Meeting Date  Topic
September 14, 2020
  • COVID-19, Elections introduction, Caregiving
October 12, 2020
  • Evictions & Election, Budget Letter
October 28,2020
  • Capital Improvements Budget Forum
November 10, 2020
  • Education & Childcare
December 14, 2020
  • Legislative Discussion & Updates
January 11, 2021
  • Budget - or - Food Distribution & Homelessness
February 8, 2021
  • MOCO Chief Administrative Officer, Legislator Check-in
March 8, 2021
  • Public Safety, Vision Zero, Policing
April 12, 2021
  • Economic Recovery, Business Updates
May 10, 2021
  • COVID-19 Check-in
June 14, 2020
  • Aging & Disability




Commercial Economic

Development Committee

Neighborhoods Committee

Transportation, Energy,

& Environment Committee

September 28, 2020

Joint with all Committees

  • Silver Spring Downtown & Adjacent Communities Plan + Foulger-Pratt Plan

Joint with all Committees

  • Silver Spring Downtown & Adjacent Communities Plan + Foulger-Pratt Plan

Joint with all Committees

  • Silver Spring Downtown & Adjacent Communities Plan + Foulger-Pratt Plan
October 26, 2020
  • Montgomery College Work Force Development & Alternate Paths
  • Education & Digital Divide
  • Purple Line
November 23, 2020
  • Small Business Administration
  • Non-profit Sector Check-in, Arts & Social Services
  • State Transportation Priorities
January 25, 2021

Joint with all Committees

  • Racial Equity - Story of Silver Spring

Joint with all Committees

  • Racial Equity - Story of Silver Spring

Joint with all Committees

  • Racial Equity - Story of Silver Spring
February 22, 2021
  • COVID-19 Impact on Businesses
  • Long Branch/Takoma Park Focus
  • Pedestrian Improvements - US 29 Mobility Study
  • Presentation 
March 22, 2021
  • Visit Montgomery
  • Regional Transportation and Infrastructure Plan Letter
April 26, 2021
  • DTSS Arts & Entertainment 
  • Principals Meeting
  • Shared Streets & Vision Zero
May 24, 2021  
  • Legal Assistance including Rental Issues
June 28, 2021
  • Summer Job Opportunities for Youth & Work From Home
  • Vrtual County Engagement
  • Bus Rapid Transit



Full Board Meeting Date  Topic
September 9, 2019
  • County Department of Transportation update on activities and projects in the Regional Area

Neighborhood/Business District Spotlight:Fenton Village

October 14, 2019
  • Legislative & Policy Update with Councilmember Evan Glass
  • Silver Spring Regional Area Budget Priorities with SSCAB Member and Community Stakeholders
    • (Action: Letter of Advice)

Neighborhood/Business District Spotlight:Long Branch Business League

October 30,2019
November 12, 2019*
(*Monday, November 11th is the Observed Veterans Day)
  • Get Out The Count Census 2020 Event with Delegate Janelle Wilkins
December 9, 2019
  • Board discussion on draft FY20 Budget Advice Letter
  • Neighborhood/Business District Spotlight: Longbranch
January 13, 2020
  • A conversation with Councilmember Hans Riemer including  Legislative & Policy Updates

Neighborhood/Business District Spotlight: Montgomery Hills

February 10, 2020
  • Legislative & Policy Update with Councilmember Sidney Katz
  • Housing and affordability issues

Neighborhood/Business District Spotlight: Takoma Langley

March 9, 2020
  • Update on Construction Impact of Purple Line, BRT, and other projects

Neighborhood/Business District Spotlight: Four Corners

April 13, 2020
  • County Budget Walkthrough with Office of Management and Budget

Neighborhood/Business District Spotlight: TBA

June 8, 2020
  • Economic Development
  • Placemaking

Neighborhood/Business District Spotlight: TBA

July 21, 2020
  • Progress on the Re-Opening



Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board
2020-2021 Meetings
(For Board correspondence and County responses  click here )

Agenda Meetings Summary Director's Report Presentation/Video Archive
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June 14 View   View Video Archive | County Executive Letter on Thrive 2050

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