Board of Directors

Purple Line NOW! Board of Directors

President: Ralph Bennett
Bennett Frank McCarthy Architects, Inc.

Vice President: Gregory Sanders

Treasurer: Tina Slater

Secretary: Nancy Soreng
League of Women Voters of Montgomery County

Mark Coles
Washington, DC Building and Construction Trades Council

Andy Fellows
Chesapeake Regional Director, Clean Water Action

Peter Gray
Washington Area Bicyclist Association

Ilaya Hopkins
Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce

Melanie Isis
Takoma/Langley Crossroads Development Authority, Inc.

Ginanne Italiano
Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce

Jackie Jeter
ATU Local 689

Jane Redicker
Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce

Brad Stewart
Montgomery College

Victor Weissberg

Patrick Wojahn, Mayor, City of College Park, Maryland


Ex-officio Board Members/Staff

Note: PLN has a policy that elected officials above the Municipal level cannot serve on the Board of Directors. However, we want to work closely with our elected governments at both the County and State levels and created the ex-officio category to improve communication with these officials.

Tom Hucker
Montgomery County Council Member

George Leventhal
Montgomery County Council Member (at large)

Chris Gillis
Staff to Councilmember George Leventhal

Eric Olson 
(Former) Prince George's County Council

Barbara Sanders
Resident, Montgomery County


We thank our many past members of our Board for their work in support of the Purple Line. Two stand out for special recognition as founders:

  • Harry Sanders (2003-10; President, 2007-10), cofounder of the Action Committee for Transit.
  • Webb Smedley (2003-10; Chair, 2007-10), Woodside, Silver Spring.

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