Michele Potter

Board of Directors
Title: Director of Parks, Rec. & Culture, Gaithersburg

Department Representative - Maryland Recreation and Parks Association (MRPA)

Michele Potter is the Director of Parks, Recreation and Culture for the City of Gaithersburg.   She holds a B.S. in Physical Education with an emphasis in Life Time Fitness from Slippery Rock University, as well as an M.P.A. in Public Administration with a concentration in Management from Troy State University.  She is responsible for providing affordable, quality programs and services for nearly 70,000 residents, an $8.8 million dollar operating budget, 900 acres of parkland, a multi-million dollar Capital Improvement Projects budget. Under her leadership, the Department designed, constructed and opened the City’s first two LEED certified buildings; and received awards in Smart Growth, Historic Preservation, and Environmental Service. She built the first synthetic turf field comprised of an organic infill on the East Coast in a government setting as well as the first natural play space in a municipal setting in the State of Maryland.
She has served Maryland Recreation Parks Association (MRPA) on the Conference Committee, as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Consortium Delegate, President Elect, President (2014-15) and Past President.  She has also served as Secretary and Vice President of the Maryland Municipal League (MML)’s Recreation Department. She is currently President. She has been a member of the Legislative Committee and now Board of Directors for MML.  

Other community involvement includes:
Leadership Montgomery, Class of 2003
Montgomery Women
Chair, Asbury Methodist Village Board of Governors
Housing Opportunities Commission Board of Governors

Names of workshops presented:
Planning Special Events with Contingency Plans, Maryland Municipal League Convention
Wellness in the Workplace, Maryland Association of Counties Convention
Planning Dog Exercise Areas, Maryland Parks and Recreation Association Conference
Best Practices in Parks & Recreation, New Jersey Parks and Recreation Conference
Public Art, Maryland Municipal League Convention
Natural Play Spaces, Maryland Parks and Recreation Association Conference and Maryland Municipal League Convention


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