Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Council confirms new Advisory Board members

Congratulations to the new members of the Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board confirmed by the County Council today. They are:

Jordan Cooper is a residential representative from the North Bethesda-Garrett Park Planning Area. Jordan was born and raised in North Bethesda, attended K-12 in MCPS, and currently serves as president of the Luxmanor Citizens Association. Jordan has extensive legislative experience in Annapolis, where he first worked a decade ago. Jordan is a health care professional with experience working on health policy in academic, legislative, clinical, non-profit advocacy, and private sector settings. This work includes the submission of public comments which were subsequently included in final federal regulations pertaining to Health Care Reform. Jordan has a BA in Political Science from Vassar College and a MSPH in Health Policy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Gordon Smith joins the Board as a residential representative from the Potomac Planning Area. A long-time resident of Montgomery County, Gordon attended Ohio Wesleyan and Harvard Business School and is a former Air Force pilot. Gordon is a founder of Miller and Smith home builders and currently managing director of Elite Energy in Carson City, Nevada. Gordon served on the Board of Ohio Wesleyan and now serves on the endowment committees of Ohio Wesleyan and Wesleyan Theological Seminary in Washington. Gordon is personally involved in significant charitable work in the United States and abroad.

Jon Weintraub is a residential representative from the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Planning Area. A resident of downtown Bethesda, Jon is chair of the Downtown Bethesda Condominium Association and past chair of the Bethesda Urban Partnership Board of Directors. Jon serves on the Bethesda Metro Station Task Force and Woodmont Triangle Action Group. Jon retired from the Federal Government in 2002 with 21 years of service as senior staff in the House of Representatives and at the Department of Education. He served on the Transition Teams for Presidents Clinton and Obama and worked at the National Association of Counties for 12 years where he directed their legislative staff. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer and worked for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee [SNCC] in Dallas and Macon County, Alabama, in the early 1960s.

Jason Yang, a new business representative on the Board, is the founder and director of Digital Studios, a local web design and development company. A resident of Bethesda, Jason is a first generation Asian American born and raised in Montgomery County. Jason attended the University of Maryland.