Task Force Holds Kick-Off Meeting, Affirms Support for Regional Collaboration to Tackle the Pandemic

Regional COVID-19 task force begins developing its shared vision for the economic recovery of the DMV; adds six new members


WASHINGTON, D.C., May 22, 2020 – Connected DMV’s COVID-19 Strategic Renewal Task Force held its kickoff meeting on Thursday and affirmed their support for regional collaboration to tackle the pandemic with the following statement:

“The COVID-19 health pandemic has reinforced the importance of regional collaboration and cooperation between the District, Maryland and Virginia. It is also a necessity, if we are to secure the long-term stability and vitality of the DMV, solidify our position as a hub of innovation and leadership, and instill confidence in all our residents – on the safest path forward. Together and inclusive of our diverse communities, we need to define how our region can best recover, emerge, and thrive after the most acute conditions of the pandemic have subsided. The Connected DMV Strategic Renewal Task Force is committed to that shared future. Every step we make together as a region will ensure a stronger future for the DMV.”

The 51-member cross-sector Task Force, which is comprised of a mixture of commercial, academic, and community leaders, also discussed the importance of region-wide coordination for contact tracing to identify and contain the spread of infection across D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Within the next week, the Task Force will stand up a sub-group dedicated to developing a detailed regional contact tracing position and recommendation.

The group also discussed the need for a responsible reopening of public transportation that gradually and safely restores bus and rail service ahead of demand, recognizing that many in our community rely on the region’s public transit as their predominant form of transportation.

A clear theme that emerged among each discussed topic was the importance of inclusivity. Task Force members confirmed that equities are cross cutting and critical to all Task Force deliberations and recommendations. An additional theme was the importance of examining and addressing our region’s critical infrastructure as we emerge from this crisis.

The Task Force will continue to meet monthly through October, first addressing near-term priorities, then transitioning to longer-term opportunities for building a resilient and sustainable economic recovery. Meetings will continue to be facilitated by Greater Washington Board of Trade President and CEO Jack McDougle.

“Yesterday’s meeting reaffirmed the value of our community leaders working together across jurisdictions and sectors for the betterment of the region,” said Jack. “It was evident that each member of the Task Force is eager to strategize new ways to ensure the safety of our communities while planning for the long-term economic renewal and equity throughout the region.”

Over the course of the next six months, the Task Force will release actionable recommendations that will complement and help to connect the efforts of regional governments. The results will set the foundation for a more robust and durable marketplace for innovators, small and large businesses, and other organizations to thrive in our nation’s capital region.

Connected DMV Strategic Renewal Task Force Members:

Regional Organizations

Chuck Bean

Executive Director

Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments

Mary Brady

Executive Director

The Economic Club of Washington, D.C.

Bob Buchanan


The 2030 Group

Dr. John Cavanaugh

Former President & CEO

Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area

Julie Coons

President & CEO

Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce

David Harrington

President & CEO

Prince George's Chamber of Commerce, representing DMV Chambers of Commerce

Bobbie Kilberg

President & CEO

Northern Virginia Technology Council

Jack McDougle

President & CEO

Greater Washington Board of Trade

John E. Potter

President & CEO

Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

Martin Rosendale


Maryland Tech Council

Stu Solomon

President & CEO

Connected DMV

Paul Wiedefeld

General Manager & CEO

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

Hon. Anthony Williams

CEO & Executive Director

Federal City Council


Katherine Bradley

Founder and Chair

CityBridge Education

Dr. Wayne Frederick


Howard University

Dr. Anne M. Kress


Northern Virginia Community College

Public Sector

Dr. C. Anneta Arno

Director, Office of Health Equity

DC Health

Victor Hoskins

President & CEO

Fairfax County Economic Development Authority

Eugene D. Kinlow

Director of the Office for Federal and Regional Affairs

Executive Office of the Mayor of the District of Columbia

Andrew Kleine

Chief Administrative Officer

Montgomery County

Allison Mayer

Deputy Chief of Staff

State of Maryland Governor's Office

Angela Navarro

Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade

Commonwealth of Virginia

Kelly M. Schulz

Secretary of the Maryland Department of Commerce

State of Maryland

Hon. Todd M. Turner


Prince George's County Council

Industry & Community

Denise Rolark Barnes


Washington Informer

Rich Bendis

President & CEO

BioHealth Innovation

Sameer Bhargava

Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Clark Construction

Richard Bynum

President, Greater Washington & Virginia

PNC Financial Services Group

James Cook

Vice President, Strategic Engagement and Partnerships

The MITRE Corporation

Stephanie Davis

Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer

Volkswagen Group of America

Stacey Dion

Managing Director and Head of Global Government Affairs

The Carlyle Group

Elliott Ferguson

President & CEO

Destination DC

Scott Frisch

Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer


Nora Gardner

Managing Partner, Washington DC

McKinsey & Company

Tim Gillis

Chesapeake Market Hub Leader & Office Managing Partner


Samuel Gordy

General Manager - Chief Strategy Officer, IBM Public and Federal Market

IBM Corporation

David Grissen

Group President of the Americas


Lesley Kalan

Corporate Vice President and Chief Strategy and Development Officer

Northrop Grumman

Brian Kenner

Head of HQ2 Policy & Economic Development


Evan Kraus

President & Managing Director of Operations

APCO Worldwide

Tony Lewis

Region Vice President, Public Policy


Anne Mahlum

Founder, Owner and CEO


Radha Muthiah

President & CEO

Capital Area Food Bank

Tim O'Brien

MTV Site Director


Manny Rouvelas


K&L Gates

Ken Samet

President & CEO

MedStar Health

Dave Velazquez

President & CEO

Pepco Holdings

Federal Government

Glenn Blanchette

Regional Emergency Coordinator

US Department of Health and Human Services

Major General Omar J. Jones, IV

Commanding General

Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region

Kim Kadesch

Director, Office of National Capital Region Coordination

Federal Emergency Management Agency

William Ryan

Regional Director

Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency

Please see https://www.connecteddmv.org/strategic-renewal-task-force for a graphical illustration of the Connected DMV Task Force Structure and more details.


About Connected DMV

Connected DMV is a non-profit regional collaboration across Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia--the DMV. Its participants include local jurisdictions, federal agencies, industry, community, and academia who work together to advance the region's top opportunities, generate economic development, and shape a stronger future for the well-being of our region. Connected DMV was launched in 2019 in collaboration with the Greater Washington Board of Trade, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, and the Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region. https://www.connecteddmv.org/

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