Michael Stroud Joins WSSC as Intergovernmental Relations Director
Brings Wide-ranging Experience and Knowledge to Agency
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Laurel – July 8, 2014: Michael Stroud joins WSSC as the new Director of the Intergovernmental Relations Office. He will direct WSSC’s legislative agenda and provide the Commission with quality representation before various elected bodies and agencies. His office is responsible for researching, developing, analyzing and lobbying for or against legislation impacting the Commission. The Office also serves as a liaison between the Commission and elected officials.
Having served in the private and non-profit sectors, Stroud’s career in public service began with a position litigating unfair trade cases at the U.S. Department of Commerce. In 2006, he joined the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Homeland Security, rising to the role of Deputy Chief Counsel. In 2010, he joined the Department of Homeland Security as the Department’s first African-American Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs.
"Michael has an outstanding reputation and a proven track record on Capitol Hill, as well as in the Department of Homeland Security and the Administration,” said GM/CEO Jerry N. Johnson. “He also brings local knowledge to the table, having grown up in Germantown. I am pleased to have someone with such an accomplished career join our team to lead our legislative outreach efforts.”
“This is a wonderful opportunity for me to serve the community where I grew up, working for an agency that touches each and every resident every day by providing water and sewer services which are so important to our lives,” said Stroud. “I believe my blend of public and private experience will allow me to make a valuable contribution to WSSC and our customers, and I look forward to working with elected officials at all levels of government.”
Stroud attended Cornell University where he was selected as a Cornell National Scholar, was on the Dean’s List, and earned a varsity letter playing football. He earned his law degree from George Washington University Law School, where his classmates selected him to receive the Michael Dillon Cooley Award for devotion of his “…time, compassion and vitality to aid the intellectual and spiritual growth of fellow students.”
For 100 years, WSSC has proudly served the citizens of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties – providing drinking water that has always met strict Safe Drinking Water Act standards and protecting the environment through vital water resource recovery services. Our vision is to be THE world-class water utility, where excellent products and services are always on tap.