COG Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the Council of Governments’ governing body and is responsible for its overall policies and the approval of its work program and budget. The board takes action on committee recommendations, discusses current and emerging regional problems, and develops legislative priorities and policy focuses. In recent years, the board has focused on regional infrastructure, economic competitiveness, and the Metrorail system. 

Board members are appointed each year by COG’s local governments and representatives from the Maryland and Virginia state legislative delegations. The current board consists of 34 members—the majority are elected officials.

Board meetings are held at noon on the second Wednesday of most months. Meetings are open to the public, and representatives from the media frequently attend.

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  • Letters/Memos

    COG Executive Director's Report

    May 3, 2018

    The Executive Director's Report provides the COG Board of Directors with a brief summary of policy board and committee work, outreach efforts, and media highlights. Additionally, the report often features profiles on COG members and staff.

  • Publications

    COG Work Program and Budget

    May 1, 2018

    COG's Work Program and Budget is transmitted through the COG Board of Directors' Budget and Finance Committee for review and approval or modification by the board. It highlights recent accomplishments and goals, both in summary and by program, offering an overview of the great value of COG's work along with COG's spending plan. 

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    COG Annual Report/Regional Directory

    Feb 22, 2018

    COG's combined Regional Directory and Annual Report lists the phone numbers and email addresses of area government officials and highlights the year's major initiatives and events.


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    COG Legislative Priorities

    Jan 10, 2018

    The legislative priorities approved by the COG Board of Directors for 2018 focus on supporting the region’s transportation funding, water quality protection, climate and energy innovation, air quality protection, workforce development, affordable housing, emergency preparedness, and health and human services.

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    COG Board Member Handbook

    Jan 8, 2018

    The COG Board Handbook includes key documents about COG and its governance, including an organizational chart, committee descriptions, media protocol, policy guidelines, and more.

  • Other Documents

    COG By-Laws

    Jun 14, 2017

    By-Laws of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Last revision: June 2017.

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    COG Strategic Plan

    Feb 23, 2011

    2011 update of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments' Strategic Plan, incorporating the Region Forward Vision.

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    Region Forward Vision

    Jan 28, 2010

    Region Forward is COG's vision. It's a commitment by COG and its member governments, who together seek to create a more prosperous, accessible, livable, and sustainable metropolitan Washington. Region Forward includes goals, targets, and the Greater Washington 2050 Compact, a voluntary agreement to motivate area governments and stakeholders to advance the vision. For the latest information on the vision and its goals and targets, visit the Region Forward page