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Cohen Names Transition Team

“Idea Team” Begins Work On New Administration

This afternoon, Mayor-Elect Josh Cohen named his “Idea Team” to help with his transition into City Hall.  The team is a bipartisan effort and is divided up into eight separate sub-teams.

Cohen named Zina Pierre and Greg Stiverson to co-chair the team. Pierre and Stiverson were fellow candidates for office during the recent election. Pierre was a Democratic candidate for Mayor and Stiverson wasa Republican candidate for Ward Six Alderman.

The City of Annapolis Mayoral Transition 2009 has eight committees. Each of the eight incoming alderpersons will serve in an honorary capacity on one of the committees.  The Idea Team is charged with presenting its report and recommendations to the new Mayor and City Council by January 11, 2010.

The committees are:

  • Co-Chair Greg Stiverson is the former president of Envisioning Annapolis Foundation, president and CEO of Historic Annapolis Foundation, and current president of the Kunta-Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation.
  • Co-Chair Zina Pierre is the founding President and CEO of the Washington Linkage Group, Inc., a full service governmental relations and strategic consulting firm specializing in lobbying, advocacy, public relations, grant writing and international trade.

Budget & Finance

  • Chair: Maurice Tose founded TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) in 1987 and has served as Chairman of the Board,  President and CEO since then. Prior to founding TCS, Mr. Tosé was the Director of Department of Defense Programs for Techmatics, Inc.
  • Alderwoman Classie Hoyle
  • Tom Brandt
  • Debbie Gosselin
  • Shelly Lamar
  • Jennifer Monteith
  • Reza Jafari
  • Carl Snowden
  • Kathie Sulick

Economic Development

  • Chair: Chuck Walsh is a principal in Consensus Partners, which owns commercial real estate within the city. He also established Artwalk, a non-profit charitable corporation, which promotes and implements large scale public art throughout the Annapolis area.
  • Alderman Fred Paone
  • Carole Alexander
  • Gloria Brown
  • Bob Burdon
  • Jan Cort
  • Connie DelSignore
  • Dick Franyo
  • Jenelle Murph
  • J. Jeremy Parks
  • Jessica Jordan Paret
  • Sarah Wilkerson


  • Chair: Chris Trumbauer has been the West/Rhode Riverkeeper since July 2008.  For nine years, he was a biologist for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, where he coordinated a state-wide water quality monitoring program.
  • Alderwoman Sheila Finlayson
  • Joel Dunn
  • Ted Gattino
  • Corinne Irwin
  • Karen Jennings
  • Zora Lathan
  • Suzanne Pogell
  • Kincey Potter
  • David Prosten
  • Kurt Riegel
  • Rob Schnabel

Government Structure & Permitting

  • Chair: Doug Smith is the President of the Ward One Resident’s Association and Treasurer of the Downtown Annapolis Partnership.  He has served as co-chair of Annapolitans for a Better Community and helped lead the recent petition drives for a Council-Manager form of government and for a Tax Cap.
  • Alderman Ross Arnett
  • Rhonda Pindell Charles, Esq.
  • Michael Fox
  • Mark Garrity
  • Vicki Lathom
  • Vince Leggett
  • Bob Libson
  • Michael Pachler
  • Molly Smith
  • Dinny White

Housing & Community Services

  • Chair: Sharon Brown has worked in the affordable housing field for 20 years in a variety of positions including as property manager, housing choice voucher specialist and counselor.  She has worked for both the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis as well as the Housing Commission of Anne Arundel County (HCAAC).
  • Alderman Kenny Kirby
  • Cynthia Carter
  • Maria Casasco
  • Deneice Fisher
  • Armando Gonzalez
  • Melinda Hamilton
  • Devin Heritage
  • Kate Rollason
  • Rock Toews

Market House & City Dock

  • Chair: Judd Legum resides in Ward One and is an attorney in private practice in the city. Previously, Judd was the Research Director for the Center for American Progress, a leading public policy think tank in Washington, DC. He also served as Research Director for Hillary Clinton during her presidential campaign.
  • Alderman Dick Israel
  • Sandy Cohen
  • Chris Fox
  • Allan James
  • Michael Jackson
  • John “Bumper” Moyer
  • Jim Nolan
  • Pearse O’Doherty
  • Craig Purcell
  • Cathy Schultz
  • Craig Sewell

Public Safety

  • Chair: Alderman Dave Cordle has chaired the City Council’s standing committee on Public Safety for the past eight years.  Dave is the Chief Investigator of the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office, where he began work in 1980. Dave is also the coordinator of the Witness Security Program which he created in 1995.
  • Alderman Mat Silverman
  • Jennifer Adams
  • Antonio Brown
  • Bill Donoho
  • Lee Finney
  • Rev. Henry Green
  • Debbie Johnson
  • Jay Martin
  • Vic Pascoe

Transportation & Parking

  • Chair: Barbara Rasin Price was a founder and deputy director of the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA), a national non-profit Washington-based organization that advocates for improved public transportation services and provides technical assistance and training to transportation providers, states and local communities.
  • Alderman Ian Pfeiffer
  • Paul Foer
  • Bill Herald
  • Dave Humphreys
  • Martha Mitchell
  • Shelley Row
  • Jerry South
  • Chance Walgran
  • Jim Wildey
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