Meet the Commissioners
Elizabeth M. Hewlett, a resident of Bowie, is no stranger to the Commission. She served as the first woman and first African-American Chairman of the Prince George’s County Planning Board and first African American Chairman of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) from 1995 to 2006. Prior to her first appointment as chairman, Ms. Hewlett’s experience included Associate General Counsel to M-NCPPC, Staff Counsel to the Legal Aid Bureau, private practice, Prince George’s County Attorney’s Office, and the Prince George’s County Council legislative staff. She is a former principal in the law firm of Shipley, Horne & Hewlett, P.A. She earned her bachelor degree from Tufts University and Juris Doctorate Degree from Boston College Law School.
Recognized as one of the region’s “100 Most Powerful Women” by the Washingtonian Magazine and “Top 100 Women in Maryland” by The Daily Record, Ms. Hewlett has an extensive background in public and private sector experience. She has had the honor of serving on the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ Metropolitan Development Policy Committee and was appointed by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley to the regional Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Board of Directors, where she recently completed a four-year tenure, including a term as chairman.
Ms. Hewlett remains a firm believer in to whom much is given, much is expected. Through her professional career, she has always supplemented her professional responsibilities with extensive community involvement and service, both regionally and in Prince George’s County. Widely recognized in the legal field, Chairman Hewlett has served on numerous professional and community boards and organizations, including the National Bar Association, the American Planning Association, the Maryland State Board of Law Examiners, Lifetime Fellow of the Maryland Bar Foundation, Leadership Greater Washington, the NAACP, YMCA of Metropolitan Washington, Hospice of Prince George’s County, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Chairman Hewlett’s hard work and dedication has not gone unrecognized. She has received several regional and local awards including the Gladys Noon Spellman Award for Excellence in Prince George’s County Government, Prince George’s Woman of the Year, and the Maryland Bar Foundation’s Legal Excellence Award.
But most of all, Chairman Hewlett, fondly known to many as “Betty,” is a proud resident of Prince George’s County where she has lived, worked, and been blessed to call home for the last three-plus decades.
Dorothy F. Bailey, a resident of Temple Hills, has an esteemed and unparalleled record of service to the residents of Prince George’s County. From June 1983 to December 1994, Ms. Bailey worked for the Executive Branch of Prince George’s County Government, serving as a senior-level official at many agencies, including tenures as Executive Director of the Consumer Protection Commission, Commission for Families, and as Community Partnerships Director at the Department of Family Services.
In December 1994, Ms. Bailey transitioned to the Legislative Branch upon her election to serve as Council Member for the Seventh District on the Prince George’s County Council. There, she led the Council for five years, serving as Vice Chair for three terms and Chair for two terms. In her role as Council Chair, she also presided over the District Council in matters related to land use planning and participated in key decisions affecting development policy.
Ms. Bailey’s continued service to the residents of Prince George’s County after leaving the elected office is also distinguished—having served as a parent liaison for the Prince George’s County Public Schools; founder of several groups, including the Kiamsha Youth Empowerment Program, Harlem Remembrance Foundation, Prince George’s County Fatherhood Conference, Royal Bafokeng Sister City Friendship Committee, Prince George’s County Executive Youth Advisory Council, and Prince George’s County Truth; and a branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). She is a graduate of Leadership of Greater Washington (Class of 1998), an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and previously served as a national board member of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc.
Ms. Bailey earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from North Carolina Central University. She has done further graduate study in both education and gerontology. In 1991, Ms. Bailey received an honorary doctorate from Riverside Baptist College and Seminary.
Manuel R. Geraldo, Esq. was appointed to the Prince George’s County Planning Board and The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission in July, 2012. Mr. Geraldo is an accomplished legal professional and principal in the law firm of Robinson & Geraldo, which he organized in 1979. His areas of practice include business litigation, contract dispute, workers compensation, and real estate litigation. Mr. Geraldo’s 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. Mr. Geraldo was appointed by Governor Martin O’Malley to the Board of Airport Zoning Appeals in 2010 and as Chair of the Board in 2012. He also previously served as a Commissioner on the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, including a term as Chair of the Commission.
A long-time, committed community activist and volunteer, Mr. Geraldo currently serves as a Director on the Board of the Prince George’s County Community Foundation, a Director for the Portuguese American Leadership Council, Director and Vice President of the Pro Bono Resource Center, Board Member of the YMCA, and a member of the Maryland Court of Appeals Standing Committee on Pro Bono Service.
Mr. Geraldo earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Seton Hall University in 1972, a Juris Doctorate from Rutgers School of Law in 1977, and a Master's degree in International and Comparative Law from Georgetown University in 1984.
Mr. Geraldo is admitted to the Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, District of Columbia, and Virginia Bars. A resident of Fort Washington, Maryland, he is married and has three children and is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish.
John P. Shoaff, a resident of University Park, spent much of his career acting globally and thinking locally but is reversing that statement with local action and community involvement. Mr. Shoaff was a member of the East Campus Redevelopment Community Review Steering Committee, contributing to agreed principles on environmental stewardship and sustainability, as well as smart growth, transportation, and parking. Additionally, he and his wife helped spearhead local traffic-calming measures to improve safety in their community.
In his day job, Mr. Shoaff is the chief of the Liaison Branch for U.S. EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics Environmental Assistance Division. In this role, he helps coordinate and advise on industrial chemical issues and pollution prevention activities that span the gamut of stakeholders and partners. Mr. Shoaff has also directed the office’s international team, representing the U.S. and EPA, in the negotiation of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management and helping secure agreement of international environmental partnership efforts, as well as working with the private sector and multiple stakeholders in the development of international environmental management standards (ISO 14000 series).
He was also an active architect in the formation of innovative domestic environmental programs and activities from an initial pilot on Environmentally Preferable Purchasing for the world’s largest buyer, the federal government, to providing input on criteria for the Agency’s National Environmental Performance Track Program.
Mr. Shoaff previously worked on air quality issues for the governor of California and the California Air Resources Board. He has a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law and a bachelor’s in business management from the University of Notre Dame.
A. Shuanise Washington is the president and chief executive officer of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF).
Ms. Washington oversees CBCF’s public policy, research, educational and fund raising initiatives, most notably the Annual Legislative Conference (ALC), a five-day, policy gathering in Washington, D.C., that draws prominent figures from across politics, business, entertainment, academia and other sectors each September.
Ms. Washington has deep ties to CBCF. For more than 15 years, she has played a variety of important roles, serving on the Foundation’s Board of Directors and Corporate Advisory Council and as a corporate funder. She was the board’s chairwoman from March 2012–February 2013 and its vice chairwoman from 2010–2012.
Prior to her appointment as president of CBCF, Ms. Washington led Washington Solutions, LLC, a firm she founded in 2008 after a long and successful career working at the highest levels of corporate America. The firm provided strategic counsel to businesses of all sizes, governments and non-profit organizations, filling a critical range of needs for them, including political outreach, coalition building and grassroots advocacy.
Ms. Washington’s most recent corporate position was as Vice President, Government Affairs Policy & Outreach for Altria Corporate Services. In that role, she oversaw offices in Washington, D.C. and New York as the liaison between Altria’s government affairs teams and key constituencies, including public policy advocates, lawmakers, business leaders and groups representing diverse communities around the country.
Ms. Washington also led the efforts to enhance the company’s profile in a number of areas. Through the company’s Stakeholder Management Systems, for example, Ms. Washington employed traditional grassroots approaches, as well as internet and database technologies, to gain support from various stakeholder groups in both political and nonpolitical campaigns. She also managed Altria Group, Inc.’s political action committee and directed strategic external relationships with business groups, trade associations, public policy groups, and legislative and regulatory organizations that represented key stakeholders and constituencies for Altria Group, Inc.
Prior to that, Ms. Washington served as Vice President, External Affairs for Altria Corporate Services where she was responsible for managing community relations programs and activities throughout the United States.