Rose Krasnow

County Executive




DEPUTY DIRECTOR, Maryland National Capital Park & Planning Commission (July 2013 – December 2017)

  • Assist the Director in all facets of managing the Planning Department

ACTING DIRECTOR, Maryland National Capital Park & Planning Commission,  (May 2012 – June 2013)

  • Selected to lead the agency during search for new director. Oversaw a staff of 150 and a budget of over $16 million.
  • Provided ongoing oversight of the Zoning Code Revision
  • Worked with other agencies to help streamline the Development Review Process
  • Oversaw the timely completion of numerous master plans

DIVISION CHIEF, Maryland National Capital Park & Planning Commission, Area 1 (January 2011 – May 2012)

  • Managed a staff of 17 and a budget of over $1.5 million
  • Oversaw the development of the Long Branch and Chevy Chase Lake Master Plans
  • Worked with staff, developers and the community to process development applications, mandatory referrals, and Local Map Amendments in a timely manner.

DIVISION CHIEF, Maryland National Capital Park & Planning Commission, Development Review:  (November 2004 – December 2010)

  • Managed a staff of as many as 37 planners and a budget of $4 million.
  • Oversaw the timely processing of development applications, special exceptions, and Local Map Amendments throughout the county.
  • Effectively dealt with numerous violations in Clarksburg Town Center caused by a developer who failed to construct the project in accordance with approved plans.
  • Initiated a comprehensive rewrite of the Montgomery County zoning code and led efforts to convert the official county zoning maps from paper to GIS.
  • Served as Project Manager for ProjectDox, a software product that gives regulatory planners the ability to review development applications electronically.

DIRECTOR, Montgomery County Division of the United Way of the National Capital Area (June 2003 – August 2004)

  • Put together a team of volunteers and community leaders to conduct a successful 2003 United Way fundraising campaign

SENIOR POLICY ANALYST, National Governors Association (February 2002 – May 2004)

  • Organized a successful Policy Academy on Integrating Transportation and Land Use

MAYOR, City of Rockville (1995 – 2001)

  • Initiated and chaired “Imagine Rockville”, a nine-month, citizen-oriented “Visioning” Process that brought together a wide variety of people to develop a strategic plan for Rockville’s future
  • Led the successful effort to redevelop downtown Rockville by approving demolition of the moribund Rockville Mall and moving forward with plans to create a new Town Center that would include a vibrant mix of retail, residential, and office uses
  • Obtained approval for both the King Farm and Fallsgrove – the city’s first significant, transit-oriented developments.
  • Created the Greater Rockville Partnership, a non-profit economic development corporation (now known as REDI)

TWO-TERM COUNCILMEMBER, City of Rockville (1991 – 1995)

  • Helped lead the City through the difficult economic times experienced in the early 90’s
  • Served as the liaison to the Rockville Caregiver’s Coalition

ADMINISTRATOR, New Mark Commons Homes Association (1985 – 2002)

  • Successfully managed a community of 384 homes. Testified before the City on numerous issues.


  • Named one of Maryland’s “Top 100 Women” a maximum of three times (1997, 2001, and 2006), earning a place in the “Hall of Fame”
  • Named “Citizen of the Year – 2002” by the Rockville Chamber of Commerce
  • Received the first Honorary “Athena Award” from the Montgomery County Business and Professional Women’s Association – 2000
  • Graduate of “Leadership Maryland” – Class of 2000


  • Member, American Planning Association, DC and Maryland Chapters 2004 – Present
  • Montgomery Women 2009 – Present, President since May of 2016
  • Served on the Board of the Center for Non-Profit Management 2004
  • Member, Chesapeake Bay Policy Committee, Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments, 1999 – 2001. Chair in 2000 – 2001
  • Board Member, Greater Rockville Partnership 1997 – 2001
  • Member, Transportation Planning Board, Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments, 1992 – 1998


  • M.A.  Urban and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1975
  • B.A. Political Science, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri 1973


Find out what the County Executive Candidates Think About the 9% Property Tax Hike »

Q: Describe yourself on the political spectrum (i.e., fiscal conservative/social liberal, libertarian, social moderate/fiscal liberal).

A: I would characterize myself as a fiscal moderate/social liberal.

Q: What is the biggest challenge facing Montgomery County today?

A: Continuing to fund essential public services without raising taxes, given our changing demographics and shrinking office market.

Q: What is the one thing – project or program – that you want to achieve?

A: Work with MCPS to implement career readiness programs for non-college bound students so they can fill existing job vacancies, earn a living wage, and remain in the county.

Q: How will you pay for your project/program?

A: Reorder spending priorities; consolidate government support functions to create savings; and modify current reserve policy without jeopardizing AAA bond rating.

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