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Meet The Board

Meet the Board

The Montgomery County Planning Board plans for livable communities by developing large and small scale plans, providing guidelines for the pattern and pace of future development and preserving historic resources throughout the 323,000-acre county. The Planning Board implements plans through its review of development applications and its subdivision decisions. The Board is also responsible for the development and management of Montgomery County’s nationally recognized 36,512-acre park system. The Montgomery County Planning Board, together with the Prince George’s County Planning Board, comprise The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.

Board Members

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    Jeff Zyontz, Chair

    Jeff Zyontz has been appointed Chair of the Planning Board. Mr. Zyontz earned a M.C.R.P. degree from Rutgers University and a J.D. from the Washington School of Law, American University. He used those law and planning classroom skills throughout his 47-year career.  In the last 15 years of his career, he was the zoning and land use law expert for the Montgomery County Council. Mr. Zyontz helped the Council draft much of the local code that the Planning Board must follow. This past year, as a volunteer, he worked with the Council Redistricting Commission. Mr. Zyontz started working for the Montgomery County Planning Department as a summer intern and ended employment with the department 32 years later as a division chief, supervising 55 planning specialists (transportation, environment, historic preservation, park planning, and park resource specialists). Immediately before being chief, he coordinated the drafting of master plans including the pre-Thrive General Plan Update. Earlier in his career he dealt with subdivision staging issues. Mr. Zyontz has been a resident of the county since 1974 and a member of the Maryland Bar Association since 1978.

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    Mitra Pedoeem, Vice Chair

    Mitra Pedoeem has more than 40 years of expert knowledge in public administration, organization, and leadership for different levels of government.

    Mitra began her career as a bridge engineer with the State Highway Administration designing bridges for the State of Maryland for five years, then worked as a structural engineer at the Montgomery County Department of Transportation. In 2001, she became a senior budget analyst with the Montgomery County Office of Management and Budget, expanding her knowledge of government organization and operation. She began work as the Chief of Construction for Montgomery Parks in 2004, managing all aspects of construction for park facilities, then in 2009, was promoted to the Chief of the Parks Development Division to oversee Montgomery Park’s $200 million Capital Improvement program. In this capacity, she increased the implementation rate for the Parks Capital Improvement Program from 65% to close to 100%. Her final position with the Parks Department was as the Deputy Director of Administration from 2014 to 2019. In early 2021, Mitra was appointed as the Director for the Department of Permitting Services by the Montgomery County Executive; she retired from that position in 2022.

    Mitra Pedoeem is a 40-year resident of Montgomery County. She is a licensed engineer and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science in Structural Engineering from the University of Maryland.

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    Roberto R. Piñero

    Roberto Piñero grew up in Puerto Rico and came to the mainland U.S. for college. He has a master’s degree in city planning from Harvard University. While working in Puerto Rico in 1990, he was recruited by the U.S. General Accounting Office where he worked for 25 years, retiring in 2016. Piñero volunteered as a board member for the Housing Opportunities Commission from 2003 to 2015. Recently, he served as a board member for the Board of Appeals. He has lived in Montgomery County since 1989 and has three children and two grandchildren.

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    Shawn Bartley

    Shawn Bartley, Esq. brings to the Montgomery County Planning Board a wealth of knowledge and experience as a board member for a variety of organizations helping Marylanders improve their lives and their communities.

    Currently, he is the Chairman of the Board for the nonprofit Primary Care Coalition and a member of the Maryland Board of Education. Previously, Mr. Bartley was Chairman of the Montgomery Collaboration for Children, Youth and Families, and was a board member for The Shepherd’s Table in Silver Spring.

    Mr. Bartley is a practicing attorney and is the founder and principal partner of Shawn D. Bartley and Associates, LLC. In 2011, he was recognized by Legal Shield as its top corporate referral attorney in its North American attorney network.

    He earned his law degree at Valparaiso University School of Law in Indiana and was a scholar-athlete (football) at the University of Maryland, College Park while earning a bachelor’s degree.

    Mr. Bartley is a conservative family man and is married to a Montgomery County school teacher. They are the proud parents of two children that attend public schools. Mr. Bartley is an avid sportsman and outdoor enthusiast, enjoying golfing, fishing, baseball, hiking, softball, basketball, football, swimming, archery, and biking activities in the county park system with his family. He regularly attends church with his family at St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Silver Spring.

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    James Hedrick

    James Hedrick has spent his career working in community development and affordable housing. He completed his PhD in Political Science at Rice University in 2017 and has degrees in both public policy and anthropology from American University and the University of Texas, respectively. Before being appointed to the Planning Board, Dr. Hedrick was an affordable housing consultant, a community college professor, and a long-time federal employee. He previously served on the board of the Action Committee for Transit (ACT), the steering committee for Montgomery for All, and the board of the Twinbrook Community Association, as well as serving as the Chair of Rockville Housing Enterprises (RHE), Rockville’s public housing authority. He lives in the Twinbrook neighborhood of Rockville, MD with his wife and three kids.

Last Updated: June 1, 2023