Kate Stewart Takes Over Gavel at Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments

Montgomery County Councilmember Kate Stewart unanimously was chosen to chair Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Board of Directors during 2023. She takes over the gavel from Christian Dorsey of Arlington County, Virginia.

“Each of us stands on the shoulders of others,” Stewart said after being chosen. “When I think of 2023, I think of it as a year of acceleration, of activity.”

COG is a regional body whose members are from D.C., Northern Virginia and several Maryland counties. The members work together on such issues as transportation, housing, racial inequity and climate control.

“Now that we have mapped out a clear set of priorities, COG is helping our local governments turn these goals into action through new planning efforts and funding opportunities,” Stewart said during the Wednesday afternoon meeting.

During 2023, COG expects to undertake an electric vehicle infrastructure planning effort, offer grants for affordable housing located near transit and promote equity emphasis areas and high-capacity transit areas as planning tools. Stewart has been on the COG board since 2016. She was board vice chair for the past two years. She also is a member of COG’s Food and Agriculture Regional Member Policy Committee.

Montgomery County Council President Evan Glass attended his first meeting Wednesday as a COG board member and will serve a four-year term. Executive Marc Elrich also is a board member.

Councilmember Will Jawando was appointed chair of the board’s Region Forward Coalition.

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