WASHINGTON, D.C. – Stuart Freudberg, a recognized regional leader on the environment, homeland security, and other key issues, has been named Deputy Executive Director of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) by Executive Director Chuck Bean.
Freudberg, a 34-year veteran of the nonprofit association of D.C area governments, will oversee various COG departments and offices, including environmental programs, public safety and health, homeland security, finance, and contracts and purchasing.
In this position, Stuart Freudberg will help us build strategic, new partnerships, expand programs that add value for our member governments, better integrate our programs, and advance our Region Forward vision," Bean said.
Over the past twelve months, Freudberg served as Senior Director of Environment, Public Safety and Health. Previously, he was Director of COG's Department of Environmental Programs from 1986 to 2013. Bean praised Freudberg for his "effective management and results-oriented approach," such as his recent leadership designing and implementing a new National Capital Region Homeland Security Program Management Office (PMO). The PMO is housed within COG and supports the annual allocation of more than $50 million in federal funding for the region's emergency preparedness.
Freudberg has also led the creation of several influential regional environmental programs, policies and groups, including the Anacostia Watershed Restoration Agreement and subsequent plans and partnerships, the Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee, the Clean Air Partners public outreach program (along with COG's counterparts in the Baltimore region), the Chesapeake Bay and Water Resources Policy Committee, the Regional Water Supply and Drought Plan, and the Climate, Energy and Environment Policy Committee. After 9/11, Freudberg also co-created the Regional Incident Communication and Coordination System, an emergency messaging system for area officials.
Freudberg received a Master of Science in Civil Engineering (Water Resources) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His regional leadership also includes serving on the Board of Directors at Leadership Greater Washington since 2006.
Freudberg will begin his new position at the Council of Governments on July 1.