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Position Notice - Racial Equity and Social Justice Advisory Committee

Media Contact: Beth Gochrach, 240-777-2528
For Immediate Release: 01/11/2021
Application Deadline: 02/01/2021

Elrich Seeks Applicants for Racial Equity and Social Justice Advisory Committee

County Executive Marc Elrich is seeking applicants to fill two public vacancies on the Racial Equity and Social Justice Advisory Committee. Public members should be experienced in redressing disparate impacts based on race and social justice issues. All public members must be Montgomery County residents.


The 17-member Committee includes, in addition to the public members, a designee of a public education system in the County; the Chair of the Housing Opportunities Commission or the Chair’s designee; a designee of the County Council; an employee of the County Department of Health and Human Services; an employee of the County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation; a sworn officer of the County Police Department; and a Chair of the Montgomery County Planning Board or the Chair’s designee. Members must reflect a range of ethnicities, professional backgrounds, socioeconomic status, and places of origin to reflect the racial, economic, and linguistic diversity of the County’s communities, with an emphasis on those most disproportionately impacted by inequities. Each member should have some experience in redressing disparate impacts based on race and social justice issues.


The Committee must: (1) adopt rules and procedures as necessary to perform its functions; (2) keep a record of its activities and minutes of all meetings, which must be kept on file and open to the public during business hours upon request; (3) develop and distribute information about racial equity and social justice in the County; (4) promote educational activities that increase the understanding of racial equity and social justice in the County; (5) recommend coordinated strategies for reducing racial and social justice inequity in the County; (6) advise the Council, the Executive, and County agencies about racial equity and social justice in the County, and recommend policies, programs, legislation, or regulations necessary to reduce racial and social justice inequity; (7) meet periodically with the racial equity and social justice lead for each department and office; and (8) submit an annual report by December 1 of each year to the Executive and Council on the activities of the Committee.


Members serve three-year terms. Public members are eligible for reimbursement for travel and dependent care for in-person meetings attended and may receive an annual stipend of $2000.00 compensation and reimbursement for expenses incurred in serving. Meetings are held at the call of the chair or as often as required for the Committee to perform its duties, but at least six times per year. The Board currently meets virtually by video- and teleconference the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30 pm. When in-person meetings resume in the future, the Board will meet in Rockville.


Applicants of diverse, backgrounds, professions, genders, geography, abilities, ethnicities, and ages are encouraged to apply. Members of County boards, committees and commissions may not serve on more than one such group at a time. Members must complete training on the Maryland Open Meetings Act and basic parliamentary procedure. The County Executive’s appointments are subject to confirmation by the County Council. Applications will be forwarded to the Council for confirmation and may be made public as part of the confirmation process. The deadline for application is February 1, 2021. To apply please click “Apply for Position” below to complete the online form and provide a cover letter and resume (in one document).

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