Upcounty Citizens Advisory Board


The Upcounty Citizens Advisory Board (UCAB) represents approximately 340,000 residents in the area of the county that is north of Shady Grove Road and including the communities of Boyds, Clarksburg, Darnestown, Damascus, Derwood, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Goshen, Laytonsville, Hyattstown, Dickerson, Barnesville, Beallsville, Tobytown, Washington Grove, Montgomery Village, Poolesville and parts of North Potomac. If you are uncertain if you live in the upcounty service area, please call 240-777-8040.

The 20-member board advises the County Executive, County Council and the Director of the Upcounty Region on area needs and priorities such as transportation, human services, environment, public safety, and other issues of local importance.  It also reviews and comments on the County capital and operating budgets and master plans; assists with strategies to tailor services to regional needs; and conducts workshops and forums. Some members represent the Board on other County committees.

Members serve three-year terms without compensation, attending monthly meetings on Monday evenings and occasionally on Saturdays at the Sidney Kramer Upcounty Regional Services Center in Germantown. Members are also expected to serve on at least one subcommittee which meets one evening every month on its own schedule.

How to Join

Applications for membership on all County committees are solicited through press releases to the news media, advertisements on Montgomery County Cable Channel 6, and mailings to umbrella civic associations and community groups that have requested them. Individuals may be on the mailing list maintained by the offices of the County Executive. Notices of vacancies are posted in the government centers and libraries. Press releases describe the duties of the committee for which membership is being solicited, outline special requirements for membership, request a resume including home address and home and office phone numbers, and include a deadline for application. Applicants respond to requests for membership by submitting a letter and resume to the appointing authority indicating interest in serving on a specific committee.

Board Members

The 20 members of the UCAB are appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council to serve 3-year terms. Membership represents a cross-section of citizens living or working in the Upcounty region, generally defined as that area north and west of Shady Grove Road. Criteria for the Board's membership include diversity of background and employment, relevant experience, expertise and geographic balance. The office of the County Executive announces board vacancies through press releases to regional and neighborhood newspapers. Those interested in becoming UCAB members must submit resumes to the County Executive for consideration. The UCAB meets each month (except August) on a pre-determined Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the  Sidney Kramer Upcounty Regional Services Center.

  • Andrew Saundry, Chair - Germantown
  • Amanda Hunt Franklin, 1st Vice Chair - Poolesville
  • Christel Bivens, 2nd Vice Chair - Germantown
  • Matilda Adu - N. Potomac
  • Steven Augustino - Gaithersburg/Goshen
  • Matilda Adu - N. Potomac/Potomac
  • Robert Bartlett - Germantown
  • Wayne Jacas - Boyds/Clarksburg
  • Hassan Dixon - Germantown
  • Jay Guan, Chair Quality of Life -Clarksburg
  • Mary Hoel-Laytonsville
  • Revonne Johnson - Germantown
  • Paul Klee - Darnestown
  • Paul Li - Shady Grove
  • Tangela Nichols - Boyds/Clarksburg
  • Christopher O'Brien - Gaithersburg
  • Steve Robinson, Chair of Land Use - Damascus
  • Kraig Walsleben - Damascus
  • Steve Wambo Kamga - Potomac

Agendas and Meeting Minutes

UCAB board meeting agendas and minutes can be viewed on the UCAB Agendas and Meeting Minutes web page.

Land Use and Quality of Life Subcommittees

The Land Use Committee and the Quality of Life Committee are subcommittees of the UCAB. UCAB board members are expected to serve on at least one subcommittee which meets one evening every month on its own schedule. The Land Use Committee meets on the first Monday of the month at 7:00 pm and the Quality of Life Committee meets on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 pm. Agendas and minutes for the Land Use Committee and the Quality of Life Committee meetings are available on the Land Use and Quality of Life committees web page .


For information about Upcounty Citizens Advisory Board meetings, call 240-777-8040 or send an email to Alexia Roundtree or Jake Adler.