2021 | Development

Two applicants being considered to fill Planning Board vacancy

Council will interview applicants on Tuesday

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The Montgomery County Council on Tuesday will interview two people interested in filling a vacancy on the Planning Board. One is a longtime employee of the planning department, and the other is a financial analyst and former chairman of the Housing Opportunities Commission.

The person appointed will serve the remaining eight months of Natali Fani-Gonzalez’s term. Fani-Gonzalez resigned from the five-person board in August to run for a seat on the County Council.

The term ends in June 2022. The Planning Board meets weekly.

Five people applied to fill her seat. The pool was narrowed to two — Carol Rubin and Roberto Pinero — who will be interviewed by County Council members during a meeting on Tuesday.

Before retiring on Oct. 1, Rubin worked for the county’s Planning Department for about 16 years, according to her resume included in her application.
For part of 2018, she served as the interim deputy planning director. Between 2018 and 2021, Rubin was a special project manager to “represent the interests” of the county planning department in discussions about the I-270 and I-495 managed lanes study.

Previously, Rubin worked in the legal offices for ExxonMobil Corporation, Moore & Associates and the Montgomery County government.

Representatives of the Citizens Against Beltway Expansion group, Safe Silver Spring and the Carderock Springs Citizens’ Association submitted letters in support of Rubin’s appointment to the Planning Board.

Pinero has been retired since 2016. For nearly 20 years before that, he worked as a senior analyst of financial markets and community investment for the United States government.

He previously worked as an economic planner and director of the housing element in Puerto Rico, according to his resume.

Between 2003 and 2015, Pinero was a member of the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County, including serving as chairman from 2011 to 2015.

He was the chairman of the county’s Interagency Commission on Homelessness in 2018 and 2019.

Neither Rubin nor Pinero could immediately be reached for comment on Friday afternoon.

The three other people who applied for the seat but were not selected for an interview were: Tia Ayoroa of Silver Spring, James Hopkins of Germantown, and Christa Tichy of Rockville.

Caitlynn Peetz can be reached at caitlynn.peetz@bethesdamagazine.com