Mentorship for Maryland’s Citizen Planners:

Share your knowledge and experience with new citizen planners

MPCA Corner

by Joseph Griffiths, AICP, Local Assistance and Training Manager

In 2021, the Maryland Planning Commissioners Association (MPCA) began recruiting mentors to share their experience, wisdom, and lessons learned with new Planning Commissioners and Board of Appeals members. The MPCA reiterated this desire during its 2021 conference and is initiating the program in 2022. The MPCA has recruited a few mentors but is once again asking its members to consider helping those new to citizen planning.

The MPCA’s Strategic Plan commits the organization to develop training and other resources to share knowledge, best practices, and run effective meetings. The MPCA Executive Committee is confident our best resource is the dedicated and experienced citizen planners who volunteer their time and energy to community development and sustainable growth throughout Maryland.

The program is seeking those interested in providing a mentoring experience — one for which the MPCA would curate and establish mentor/mentee relationships. The MPCA will be recruiting mentees in spring, 2022 as well. If you would like to learn more or volunteer as a mentor, please click the button above to complete a short survey, or contact Joe Griffiths, Local Assistance and Training Manager for the Maryland Department of Planning, at

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