During my time in office, I have championed a number of programs to help our most vulnerable neighbors, improve our environment, and create greater county government transparency.
An initiative which effectively ended homelessness among veterans by providing housing to more than 58 homeless veterans in Montgomery County.
Long before the Affordable Care Act worked its way through Congress, I led the effort to create a county health program that provides basic medical services to uninsured county residents. Since 2005, the Montgomery Cares program has provided services to tens of thousands of county residents.
An innovative approach to reducing homelessness which aggressively matches individuals experiencing homelessness with permanent stable housing instead of temporary shelter, as well as offering supportive services to help clients address the issues which contributed to their homelessness.
An on-going effort to improve access to health and social services and achieve health equity for all residents. I am the Co-Chair of the Healthy Montgomery Steering Committee, which put healthymontgomery.org on the web to help the public monitor our progress in improving public health. The steering committee works to guide the county's overall public health efforts.
As a member of the Planning, Housing and Economic Development (PHED) Committee, I am tasked with overseeing the county’s economic developments efforts, housing policies, zoning changes, and parks and recreation, among other topics. This bill requires public input and council approval before the county sells or leases public property. Previously, county-owned assets were not disposed of through a public process.
This legislation restricts the use of toxic lawn care chemicals on public and private property, playgrounds, and children’s facilities, making Montgomery County the first county and largest jurisdiction in the nation to prohibit the cosmetic use of pesticides.
I cosponsored this legislation to protect and improve the environment by requiring privately-constructed buildings over 10,000 square feet to be LEED certified, and county-constructed buildings to achieve a LEED-silver or equivalent rating.
In 2007, Seth Goldman and I co-founded Bethesda Green, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization which promotes an environmentally sustainable ethic for the Bethesda community. Bethesda Green builds upon Montgomery County’s strengths to create a green industry cluster that will generate economic, environmental and social value for the County’s businesses and residents. Most of the funding has come from the private sector, leveraging very small investments of taxpayer dollars. Bethesda Green is the first green business incubator in the State of Maryland and provides support for small start-ups that could otherwise not afford their own space. It is now a public-private partnership which houses Maryland's first green jobs incubator, with new companies creating the next generation of sustainable products and services. In 2015, the incubator supported 50 full-time jobs, generating nearly $2.1 million dollars in revenue and continues to expand to this day.