Board of Directors

The Redevelopment Authority Board of Directors provides the overall policy direction of the organization and approves all programs and real estate development or redevelopment activities prior to forwarding recommendations to the County Executive. The Board is comprised of seven public and two ex-officio members. A Community Advisory Committee, consisting of a representative from each of the County's Councilmanic Districts, assists and advises the Authority's Board in the development and implementation of outreach to and within communities where redevelopment efforts are directed. The Board meets on the first Tuesday of each month (except August) at 9200 Basil Court, 2nd Floor Conference Rm, Largo, MD 20774. The meetings begin at 8:30 am and are open to the public.

Monty Cooper, Chair

Monty Cooper is a lawyer in the Washington, D.C. office of Sedgwick LLP, an international litigation and business law firm that provides counseling, risk management, litigation management, trial, appellate and transactional legal services to corporate clients. He practices in the areas of complex civil litigation, environmental litigation, and products liability defense. His civil litigation practice has included such diverse matters as a London-based arbitration of a contract dispute between international brokerage firms to the pro bono representation of children as a guardian ad litem in D.C. Superior Court. He has experience in all phases of litigation and pre-trial preparation. Cooper is a member of the DC Bar and National Bar Associations.

Cooper is a graduate of William and Mary School of Law, where he was an editor on the William and Mary Law Review and a Benjamin Rush Scholar. After law school, he served as a judicial clerk to the Hon. Patrick Michael Duffy of the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina.


Christopher Aragona, Vice Chair


Christopher Aragona is Managing Partner at the Law Offices of Aragona & Aragona, where he practices general civil litigation, tort law, and criminal defense.  His expertise includes representing individuals and businesses in all the Washington, DC region.  A board counselor to House of Hope, she oversees and supports the foundation’s goals and corporate outreach as well as other outreach duties. aspects of civil litigation and criminal defense in state courts at trial and appellate levels, and in alternate dispute resolution settings.  He has litigated numerous criminal cases, felonies and misdemeanors, as well as a broad array of breach of contract cases involving, among other subjects, asset purchase agreements, non-competition agreements, and landlord-tenant actions. Aragona has also engaged in litigation involving fiduciary duty breaches, medical malpractice and products liability.

Admitted to the practice of law in Maryland in 1989, Aragona received his BA  from the College of William & Mary and his J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law

Dr. Glenda F. Hodges

Dr. Hodges is the Associate Hospital Director at Howard University Hospital, Washington, DC and Assistant Professor, Department of Community and Family Medicine, Howard University College of Medicine.  She is the Founder and CEO of Still I Rise, Inc., a community based empowerment organization for survivors of domestic violence.  She lectures extensively in this area and she has done numerous workshops on domestic violence for local and state organizations.  An Ordained Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AMEC) Second Episcopal District, Washington Annual Conference, Dr. Hodges serves as a member of the Board of Examiners, teaching Christian Theology and the Legal System to second year students. 

Hodges has attended several colleges and universities, including Virginia State University, Howard University, Bowling Green State University, Harvard University, The District of Columbia School of Law and The University of Texas at Austin (School of Law).  She holds the following degrees:  B.A., M.A., PhD., J.D., and M.Div. 

David Harrington



Mr. Harrington previously served as Mayor of Bladensburg, on the Prince George’s County Council, and as Maryland State Senator representing the 47th Legislative District.  During this time, Harrington also was President of the Maryland Municipal League, National Chair of Economic Development with the National Association of Counties and Chaired the Maryland Senate Task Force on Physical Education.  A longtime advocate for healthy communities, he was also instrumental in introducing the Wellness Opportunity Zone in Prince George’s County.

Harrington is a graduate from Howard University and completed his graduate work at Miami University of Ohio.  He has also served as faculty at Harvard University’s Summer Institute on Reading, Writing, and Civic Education and was Associate Director and Faculty at the University of Maryland, James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership.

Nabee Yi

Ms. Yi is the President of MPWG Inc. with responsibilities for business planning, marketing, guest relations, cost containment/control, creation and implementation of policy procedures, quality assurance, and continuous performance assessment and improvement. Prior to acquiring a major hotel chain, Yi was owner/operator of the Cedar Hill Inn in Suitland, MD.  Yi received a hotel management certificate from Cornell University. She also serves as director of government affairs for the Korean-American Association of Additionally Yi, established the B+ Coalition, a small grassroots organization in Prince George’s County. 

Lesli Friend

Lesli Friend completed the Ethel Hedgeman Lyle Leadership Academy in 2010. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Salisbury University and a Master of Science degree from the University of Maryland University College. In addition, Ms. Friend is a Board Member of Salisbury University’s Alumni Board, the Co-Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Iota Gamma Omega Chapter.

Erma Barron

Erma W. Barron has been a resident of Prince George’s County since 1968. She moved to the County from Baltimore where she attended Morgan State University. Ms. Barron also assisted the first Prince George’s County Commission for Women by chairing its Public Advisory Committee on Women of Low Income. She served on the Board of Directors of the Family Crisis Center during its very early years. She joined and worked with local chapters of such organizations as the NAACP, the National Women’s Political Caucus, and the National Council of Negro Women to improve the social, political and economic status of women and minorities in the county.

Community Advisory Committee

To Be Announced

Contact Information

Redevelopment Authority of Prince George's County
9200 Basil Court, Suite 504
Largo, Maryland 20774
Phone: (301) 883-5300
Fax: (301) 883-5291


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