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Founded in 1957, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) is a regional organization of Washington area local governments. MWCOG comprises 21 local governments in the Washington Metropolitan Area, as well as area members of the Maryland and Virginiamarker state legislatures, the U.S. Senate, and the U.S. House of Representatives. MWCOG provides a forum for discussion and the development of regional responses to issues regarding the environment, transportation, public safety and homeland security, affordable housing, community planning, and economic development. Policies are set through the Board of Directors, the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB), and the Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee (MWAQC). These three boards meeting on a monthly basis and are responsible for a broad range of issues under the MWCOG umbrella.

The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board is the federally-designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the metropolitan Washington area. The TPB prepares plans and programs that the federal government must approve in order for federal-aid transportation funds to flow to the Washington region. The TPB became associated with MWCOG in 1966.

The Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee is the entity certified by the mayor of Washington, D.C.marker and the governors of Marylandmarker and Virginiamarker to prepare an air quality plan for the DC-MD-VA Metropolitan Statistical Area under Section 174 of the federal Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990.

Member Jurisdictions

Jurisdiction State Population
District of Columbiamarker Washington, D.C.marker 591,833
Town of Bladensburgmarker Marylandmarker 7,676
City of Bowiemarker Maryland 53,193
City of Gaithersburgmarker Maryland 57,670
Prince George's Countymarker Maryland 828,770
City of College Parkmarker Maryland 26,607
City of Greenbeltmarker Maryland 21,559
City of Rockvillemarker Maryland 58,706
Montgomery Countymarker Maryland 930,813
City of Takoma Parkmarker Maryland 17,477
Frederick Countymarker Maryland 224,705
City of Frederickmarker Maryland 59,220
City of Alexandriamarker Virginiamarker 140,024
Fairfax Countymarker Virginia 1,010,241
Loudoun Countymarker Virginia 278,797
Arlington Countymarker Virginia 204,568
City of Falls Churchmarker Virginia 10,948
Prince William Countymarker Virginia 360,411
City of Fairfaxmarker Virginia 23,349
City of Manassasmarker Virginia 35,412
City of Manassas Parkmarker Virginia 11,426
Estimated Total Population of MWCOG Jurisdictions: 5 Million

National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board

The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) is the federally-designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the region and plays an important role as the regional forum for transportation planning. The TPB works in coordination with Department of Transportation Planning at MWCOG to prepare plans and programs that the federal government must approve in order for federal-aid transportation funds to flow to the metropolitan Washington region.

Members of the TPB include representatives of local governments; state transportation agencies; the Maryland and Virginia General Assemblies; the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority; and non-voting members from the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority and federal agencies. The TPB employs an extensive public involvement process and provides a 30-day public comment period before taking action on plans and programs.

2009 Board of Directors

Member Jurisdiction
MWCOG Chairman Penny Gross Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
MWCOG Vice Chair Andrea Harrison Prince George's Countymarker County Council Member
MWCOG Vice Chair Kwame Brown District of Columbiamarker City Councilmember
Adrian Fenty District of Columbia Mayor
Dan Tangherlini District of Columbia City Administrator
Vincent C. Gray District of Columbia City Council Chair
G. Frederick Robinson Bowiemarker Mayor
Robert T. Catlin College Parkmarker City Council Member
William J. Holtzinger Frederickmarker Mayor
David P. Gray Frederick Board of Aldermen Vice President
Sidney A. Katz Gaithersburgmarker Mayor
Judith F. Davis Greenbeltmarker Mayor
Isiah Leggeth Montgomery Countymarker Executive
Roger Berliner Montgomery County Councilmember
Michael Knapp Montgomery County Councilmember
Jack B. Johnson Prince George's County Executive
Marilynn M. Bland Prince George's County Council Chair
Susan R. Hoffman Rockvillemarker Mayor
Bruce R. Williams Takoma Parkmarker Mayor
Benjamin Barnes Maryland General Assembly Delegate
William D. Euille Alexandriamarker Mayor
Jay Fisette Arlington Countymarker Board Vice Chairman
Dan Drummond Fairfax Citymarker Council Member
Sharon Bulova Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman
John W. Foust Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
Hal Lippman Falls Churchmarker Vice Mayor
Andrea McGimsey Loudoun Countymarker Board of Supervisors
Harry J. Parrish II Manassasmarker Mayor
Frank Jones Manassas Parkmarker Mayor
W. S. Wally Covington, III Prince William Countymarker Board of Supervisors
Frank Principi Prince William County Board of Supervisors
James M. Scott Virginia General Assemblymarker Delegate
Dr. Jacqueline Brown (Alternate) Prince George's County Chief Administrative Officer
Timothy Firestine (Alternate) Montgomery County Chief Administrative Officer


MWCOG Board Chairs
Year(s) Chairman Jurisdiction
1957–61 Robert F. McLaughlin District of Columbia

1962 Charles R. Fenwick Virginia General Assembly
1962 Brig. Gen. F. J. Clarke District of Columbia
1963 Anne A. Wilkins Fairfax County
1964 Roye L. Lowry Arlington County
1965 Brig. Gen. C. M. Duke District of Columbia
1966–67 Achilles M. Tuchtan Rockville
1968 Frederick A. Babson Fairfax County
1969 Francis B. Francois, Jr. Prince George's County
1970 Joseph L. Fisher Arlington County
1971 Gilbert Hahn, Jr. District of Columbia
1972–73 Martha V. Pennino Fairfax County
1974–75 Sterling Tucker District of Columbia
1976 Francis B. Francois, Jr. Prince George's County
1977 Harold L. Miller Falls Church
1978–79 Arrington L. Dixon District of Columbia
1980–81 Elizabeth L. Scull Montgomery County
1981–83 Carl F. Hendrickson Loudoun County
1984–85 H.R. Crawford District of Columbia
1986–87 Gil Weidenfeld Greenbelt
1988–89 Ellen M. Bozman Arlington County
1990 Betty Ann Kane District of Columbia
1991 James E. Nathanson District of Columbia
1992–93 Hilda Pemberton Prince George's County
1994 Patricia S. Ticer Alexandria
1995 Jack Evans District of Columbia
1996 William E. Hanna, Jr. Montgomery County
1997 Robert B. Dix, Jr. Fairfax County
1998 Charlene Drew Jarvis District of Columbia
1999 M.H. Jim Estepp Prince George's County
2000 Gerald E. Connolly Fairfax County
2001 Carol Schwartz District of Columbia
2002 Bruce R. Williams Takoma Park
2003 Mary K. Hill Prince William County
2005 Judith F. Davis Greenbelt
2006 Jay Fisette Arlington County
2007 Vincent C. Gray District of Columbia
2008 Michael Knapp Montgomery County
2009 Penny Gross Fairfax County


  1. MWCOG.Org About
  2. MWCOG.Org Transportation
  3. MWCOG.Org Environment
  4. Census.Gov Metro
  5. Census.Gov SAFF Population; Bladensburg
  6. Census.Gov SAFF Population; Bowie
  7. Census.Gov SAFF Population; Gaithersburg
  8. Census.Gov SAFF Population; Prince George's County
  9. Census.Gov SAFF Population; College Park
  10. Census.Gov SAFF Population; Greenbelt
  11. Census.Gov SAFF Population; Rockville
  12. Census.Gov SAFF Population; Montgomery County
  13. Census.Gov SAFF Population; Takoma Park
  14. Census.Gov SAFF Population; Frederick County
  15. Census.Gov SAFF Population; Frederick
  16. Census.Gov SAFF Population; Alexandria
  17. Census.Gov SAFF Population; Fairfax County
  18. Census.Gov SAFF Population; Loudoun County
  19. Census.Gov SAFF Population; Arlington County
  20. Census.Gov SAFF Population; Falls Church
  21. Census.Gov SAFF Population; Prince William County
  22. Census.Gov SAFF Population; Fairfax
  23. Census.Gov SAFF Population; Manassas
  24. Census.Gov SAFF Population; Manassas Park
  26. COG Board Chairs 1957–present

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