Business, Residents and Government Working for a Better Bethesda
Bethesda Urban Partnership is governed by an 10-member board of directors drawn from the business and residential communities that Bethesda serves. Funding for urban district activities comes from a special tax on properties within the urban district, fees from the parking lot district and charges to "optional method" real estate developers for maintenance services. Sponsorships for Bethesda UP events and activities are also important components of our funding mix.

Executive Committee
Chair: Elaine Joost, Residential Representative within Urban District
Vice Chair: Jack Alexander, The Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce Representative
Treasurer: Robert Donohoe, Jr., Optional Method Developer Representative
Secretary: Len Simon, Residential Representative from Planning Area


Board Members
Jane Fairweather, Small Business Representative
Kenneth B. Hartman, Ex Officio: Non-voting County Executive Representative

Andrew JonesOptional Method Development Representative
Deborah Michaels, Residential Representative from Close Proximity to Urban District
Patrick O'Neill, The Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce Representative

Samir Paul, Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board
Greg RooneyOptional Method Developer Representative


The Bethesda Urban Partnership meets the third Tuesday of every month beginning at 7:45am in the Bethesda Urban Partnership conference room. Meetings are open to the public.