Task Force Shares Recommendations for Contact Tracing, Resilience Exercises, Data Protection

COVID-19 Strategic Renewal Task Force holds second meeting, further develops its vision for equitable economic recovery and renewal in the DMV


WASHINGTON, D.C., June 19, 2020 – Connected DMV’s COVID-19 Strategic Renewal Task Force held its second meeting on Thursday, affirming its support for regional collaboration and making recommendations for contact tracing, resilience exercises, and data protection principles.

Task Force member Anthony Williams, CEO and Executive Director of the Federal City Council, and former mayor of Washington, D.C., re-emphasized the importance of ensuring that each recommendation advances equity for all citizens of the DMV, affirming after the meeting: “As a Task Force comprised of some of the region’s strongest corporations, most impactful community organizations, and dedicated government officials, we have the power and obligation to rise to the challenge and ensure that our recommendations help to drive equitable reforms throughout the DMV. We must be socially responsible and pursue a path to long-term recovery that directly addresses the underlying inequities in our communities.”

The 51-member cross-sector Task Force, which is comprised of a mixture of commercial, academic, and community leaders, provided a recommendation to enhance region-wide coordination of contact tracing and case investigations as a means to manage regional recovery. The recommendation calls for “feet on the street” education services to educate the high risk populations regarding their health care decisions, the development of a regional trust framework with agreements for data use and sharing, and the strengthening of connections to health care resources in order to improve health care access and health outcomes.

“COVID-19 doesn’t respect jurisdictional boundaries, and everyone in the region is affected,” said Jill DeGraff, Founder and Managing Partner of Aperture Law Group. “We need a contact tracing capability that can quickly investigate cases and identify targeted containment strategies, so that the region’s government leaders can press ‘pause’ on our reopening efforts less frequently and for shorter time frames. A regional approach is also crucial for linking vulnerable populations to the health care and social services that are needed, regardless of where they live.”

The Task Force also agreed for the need to initiate a series of crisis exercises to facilitate region-wide planning, enhance response capabilities, and improve community resilience by bringing together existing regional resilience efforts. Among the Task Force’s specific recommendations was the need to commission a design team to define and initiate a series of biannual, cross-cutting public-private-academia exercises that enable testing of protocols, roles, responsibilities, technologies, processes, and governance to help improve regional planning, response, and recovery. The scope of the initial exercise will be limited to the distribution of food and medical supplies to the most vulnerable and underrepresented populations in the event of a widespread COVID-19 resurgence later this year.

“Like no moment before, the onset of COVID-19 has illuminated the need to cut across silos and reach across sectors to enhance our regional preparedness,” Task Force member Radha Muthiah, President and CEO of the Capital Area Food Bank, subsequently added. “Every industry and jurisdiction in our area has a stake – and a role to play – in ensuring that our response in times of crisis is coordinated and effective. It’s only through working together that we can reduce community risk and exposure; expedite recovery times; minimize the impact on our most vulnerable populations and frontline workers; and build our economy back in ways that create greater opportunity for all who live here.”

The Task Force’s third recommendation called for a working group to determine how organizations obtain, process, handle, transport, and store personally identifiable information and other potentially sensitive data across DMV jurisdictions. The actions call for the cross-discipline, industry, and sector-wide working group to establish the data management and protection principles necessary to ultimately adopt consistent and fair data protection standards. The working group will also coordinate with the development of federal standards.

"One of the core concepts at the heart of Connected DMV is enabling a more resilient and sustainable regionally connected economy,” said Jamil Jaffer, Founder & Executive Director of the National Security Institute, Assistant Professor of Law, and Director of the National Security Law & Policy Program at George Mason University. “Such an economy depends on gathering, sharing, analyzing, and protecting regional data to deliver valuable outcomes, benefits, and true economic opportunities for all populations. To ensure that we handle this data properly, particularly any sensitive data, and do so in an equitable manner that protects the rights, liberties, and very real needs of all members of the DMV, including the vulnerable and underrepresented populations, we must apply a robust set of data management and protection principles."

Connected DMV is powered by 18 Solution Groups, comprising over 300 volunteers from over 175 different organizations across this region. These Solution Groups work closely with the core team at Connected DMV to research, discuss, and formulate the recommendations for deliberation by the Task Force. Sixteen regional organizations and many of their members are also participating. The region is collaborating at scale to create a stronger, more resilient, and equitable region for all that live, work, and play in the DMV.

Over the course of the next five months, the Task Force will continue to 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 J. 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/covid19-strategic-renewal-taskforce for more details on the Task Force.


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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