Elizabeth M. Hewlett: An Extraordinary Career —

Breaking New Ground and Glass Ceilings 

Women in Planning Series: Part V

By Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner 

With an already storied career as an attorney and principal in a prestigious law firm, Elizabeth (Betty) M. Hewlett broke new ground when she was appointed to her first term as Chairman of Prince George’s County Planning Board from 1995 to 2006. As the first African American and the first woman to serve in this capacity – in both an organization and a profession which, up to that time, was largely dominated by white men – Hewlett, now in her second term (2011-present), is responsible for leading one of the nation’s premier parks and planning organizations.   

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Building on a History of Innovative Planning: Thrive Montgomery 2050

An Interview with Khalid Afzal, Special Projects Manager, Montgomery County Planning Department 

Local Spotlight

by Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) has always been known for its progressive and groundbreaking planning. With the development of the first general plan for Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, entitled On Wedges and Corridors, A General Plan for the Physical Development of the Maryland-Washington Regional District in Montgomery and PrinceGeorge’s Counties published in 1964, the bi-county agency established itself at the forefront of contemporary comprehensive planning efforts.  

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