Planning Board members

Meet the Planning Board

Community Planning

The Prince George’s County Planning Board will return from its August recess for a hearing on Thursday, September 13. Planning Board meetings are typically every Thursday in the first-floor County Council Hearing Room of the County Administration Building at 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD.


Elizabeth Hewlett

Elizabeth M. Hewlett Esq. was appointed chairman of the Prince George’s County Planning Board in June 2011. She previously served as chairman of the Planning Board from 1995 to 2006.


Hewlett was recognized as one of the Region’s “100 Most Powerful Women” by the Washingtonian Magazine and “Top 100 Women in Maryland” and “Most Influential Marylanders” by The Daily Record.

Background & Experience

A former principal in the law firm of Shipley, Horne and Hewlett, P.A., Hewlett has an extensive legal background in the public and private sectors, including serving as:

  • Associate General Counsel to M-NCPPC
  • Attorney in private practice
  • Member of the Prince George’s County Attorney’s Office and the Prince George’s County Council legislative staff
  • Staff Counsel to the Legal Aid Bureau

She has served on the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ Metropolitan Development Policy Committee, and the regional Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, where she completed a four-year tenure, including a term as chairman.


She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and Juris Doctorate degree from Boston College Law School. She also completed the post-graduate program for senior executives in state and local government offered by the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.



Dorothy Bailey

Dorothy F. Bailey was appointed to the Prince George’s County Planning Board in June 2011 and serves as vice chair of the Board.


Bailey is active in numerous local, regional, and national organizations and, in 2014, was inducted into the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame.

Background & Experience

In December 1994, Bailey was elected to represent the Seventh Councilmanic District of Prince George’s County on the Prince George’s County Council. Bailey served two terms as chair, and three terms as vice chair of the Council, where she presided over matters related to land-use planning and participated in key decisions affecting development policy.

Prior to her election to the Council, Commissioner Bailey worked for the executive branch of Prince George’s County government, serving as a senior-level official at several agencies, including executive director of the Consumer Protection Commission, the Commission for Families, and Community Partnerships director at the Department of Family Services.


She earned a Bachelor’s degree in sociology from North Carolina Central University, completed further graduate study in both education and gerontology, and was awarded an honorary doctorate from Riverside Baptist College and Seminary.



William Doerner

William M. Doerner Ph. D was appointed to the Prince George’s County Planning Board in November 2016.

Background & Experience

Doerner brings a combination of practical and academic experiences in local planning issues to the Commission. He has served on the Hyattsville Planning Committee and has worked in property appraisal and valuation for state and county agencies in Florida.

While earning his doctoral degree, he designed and taught classes on housing markets and land-use regulations. He works at the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) where one of his main responsibilities is to produce nationwide house price measures; he also conducts applied research to help inform policy making in housing finance.

Doerner has published more than a dozen articles in academic journals on a range of topics like finance, housing, property taxation, and policy, and has presented at a number of national and regional conferences.



He earned a Ph. D. and M.S. in economics from Florida State University, and a B.S. in mathematics-economics and urban studies from Furman University. He was also a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in Guatemala and is fluent in Spanish.



Manuel Geraldo

Commissioner Manuel R. Geraldo, Esq. was appointed to the Prince George’s County Planning Board in July 2012.


Geraldo has received numerous awards and recognition as a long-time, committed community activist and volunteer and serves as:

  • Director and Secretary of the Pro Bono Resource Center
  • Director for the Portuguese American Leadership Council
  • Director of the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau
  • Director on the Board of the Prince George’s County Community Foundation


Background & Experience

Mr. Geraldo is an accomplished legal professional and principal in the law firm of Robinson and Geraldo, which he organized in 1979. His prior professional positions include director and general counsel for the District of Columbia Private Industry Council, litigation and legislative counsel in the Office of the General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, membership on the Newark Commission on Human Rights, and executive director for the Congress of Portuguese Speaking People.

Geraldo was appointed by then-Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley to the Maryland Board of Airport Zoning Appeals in 2010 and as chair of the Board in 2012. He also previously served as a commissioner and as chair of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission.


Geraldo earned a Bachelor’s degree from Seton Hall University, a Juris Doctorate from Rutgers School of Law, and a Master’s degree in international and comparative law from Georgetown University.



Shaunice Washington

A. Shuanise Washington was appointed to the Prince George’s County Planning Board in 2011


Washington holds leadership positions in a number of national and local community organizations, has received numerous awards, and has been featured in various national and local publications.

Background & Experience

Washington is the president and chief executive officer of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. Prior to her appointment as CBCF president, she was the founder and principal of Washington Solutions, LLC which provided strategic counsel to businesses, governments, and nonprofit organizations.

Washington’s previous corporate positions include vice president of Government Affairs Policy and Outreach and vice president for External Affairs for Altria Corporate Services.

She also held several high-level positions with Philip Morris Management Corp., including director of Washington Relations and district director of State Government Affairs.


Washington holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina and a cognate in mathematics.



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