​​ Smart Growth Subcabinet​​


Sarah Abel​, SEED, RSP1
​Chief Sustainable Growth Officer
​​Office of the Secretary
Maryland Department of Planning
301 W. Preston Street, 11th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201
443.934.2482, cell
410.767.4500, main​


The Maryland Smart Growth Subcabinet

View a ​​message from Governor Wes Moore from May 2, 2024 on success of smart growth over the last 27 years and shifting toward the broader future of sustainable growth that balances environment, economy, and equity by planning where we grow, how we grow, and who we build for with vitality and resilience in mind.​


​Established by Governor Parris Glendening, the Smart Growth Subcabinet began as the Smart Growth and Neighborhood Conservation Subcabinet in January 1998 by Executive Order. It was formalized by statute effective July 1, 2001 (Chapter 566, Acts of 2001; Code State Government Article, sec. 9-1406​). The Subcabinet helps implement the state's Smart Growth Policy, making recommended changes in state law, regulations, and procedures to the governor needed to support the policy. The S​​ubcabinet works to create, enhance, support, and revitalize sustainable communities across Maryland.​

Sustainable growth builds on the success of smart growth over the past 27 years. Sustainable growth is a framework to balance Maryland’s economic growth needs with our environm​​ental responsibilities through community resiliency and neighborhood vitality while deepening our commitment to equity to ensure that no one is left behind. The shift from smart to sustainable recognizes the need to broaden our land use work to include all three E's of sustainability equity, economy, and environment to consider not only WHERE we grow, but HOW we grow and for WHOM.

Note: The name of the Smart Growth Subcabinet will change to the Sustainable Growth Subcabinet effective October 1, 2024 per HB225/SB309 Smart G​​rowth Subcabinet and Repeal of the Office of Smart Growth​.

​The Subcabinet is chaired by Planning Secretary Rebecca L. Flora, AICP. The chair convenes monthly meetings and is responsible for the oversight, direction, and accountability of the work of the Subcabinet. The chair's office also provides the primary​ staff for the Subcabinet.​
(interim until October 1, 2024)



Jake Day
Secretary, M​aryland Department of Housing and Community Development​
(interim until October 1, 2024)​​



K​evin Atticks
Secretary, ​Ma​ryland Department of Agriculture


Helene T. Grady
Secretary, Maryland Department of Budget & Management


Kevin A. Anderson
Secretary, Maryland Department of Commerce


​Serena Mcllwain
Secretary, Maryland Department of the Environment
​Russ Strickland
Secretary, Department of Emergency Management
(ex-officio until October 1, 2024)


Atif T. Chaudhry
Secretary, Maryland Department of General Services


​Laura Herrera Scott, M.D.
Secretary, Maryland Department of Health

Carol Anne Gilbert
Assistant Secretary for Neighborhood Revitalization 
Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development​

​Portia Wu
Secretary, Maryland Department of Labor

Josh Kurtz
Secretary, Maryland Department of Natural Resources 

Paul Wiedefeld
Secretary, Maryland Department of Transportation 


Sanjay Rai
Secretary, Maryland Higher Education Commission ​

Paul G. Pinsky
Director, Maryland Energy Administration


Kathryn Howell, Ph.D.
Executive Director, National Center for Smart Growth Research & Education
University of Maryland, College Park

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