Meet the Planning Staff: Randall Nixon

Meet the Staff

Photo courtesy of Maryland Transit Authority

Randall Nixon has served as Planning’s Associate Director of the Maryland Census  since 2018. Randall oversees engaging the business and faith-based communities throughout the state to ensure every Marylander is counted in the 2020 Census. COVID-19 has brought unexpected challenges to this role, as to Census efforts in general, but Randall says, “having also been a businessman throughout most of my career, it has been rewarding working with such diverse companies and faith-based organizations across Maryland in getting the word out about the importance of the U.S. Census to both commerce and our communities.

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Meet the Planning Staff: Kristen E. Humphrey

Meet the Planning Staff

Kristen Humphrey joined Planning in August of 2017 as an Infrastructure and Development Planner. In this position, she worked primarily to assist the department in its role within the Maryland Public School Construction Program. In early 2018, Kristen began researching, writing, and editing articles for Planning’s e-newsletter, Planning Practice Monthly. Continue reading

Meet the Staff: Kristin Fleckenstein

Meet the Planning Staff

Kristin Fleckenstein joined MDP on February 26th as our new Director of Public Affairs with a primary focus of coordinating Planning’s Census 2020 outreach campaign.

With the Census in full swing, Kristin will be focusing her efforts on ensuring a complete count of all Marylanders through effective marketing efforts. Continue reading

Meet the Staff: Susan Holm Llareus

Meet the Planning Staff

Susan Holm Llareus joined the Maryland Department of Planning in October 2019 in a dual role as a Supervisor and Regional Planner in our Local Assistance and Training Division. With degrees in landscape architecture and horticulture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Susan comes to us from the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), where she enjoyed many years as a planner within the Urban Design Section of the Development Review Division. Continue reading

Meet the Planning Staff: David Cotton

Meet the Planning Staff

David Cotton may not be new to Planning, but we are pleased to feature him in this month’s Planning Practice newsletter as a means to celebrate his many accomplishments. Having served as regional planner for the past 20 years, Dave became Director of the Western Maryland regional office in October. Most recently, Dave stepped into an exciting new role as State Program Manager for the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). Established by an act of Congress in 1965, ARC is a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state, and local government (See the related article on the ARC). Continue reading