Amanda Stakem Conn Named WSSC’s New General Counsel

She becomes the first female in this prominent senior leadership position in the Commission’s 98-year history

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Laurel – November 7, 2016: Amanda Stakem Conn has been named WSSC’s general counsel, beginning Monday, November 14. Conn will join the Commission’s senior leadership team as the first female general counsel in WSSC’s 98-year history.

A legal professional with 20 years of experience in the public and private sector, Conn most recently served as the director of education policy and government relations at the Maryland State Department of Education. The 2012 recipient of the Outstanding Achievements in the Legal Field award from the University of Baltimore Women’s Bar Association, she is a frequent lecturer on statutory construction, land use and zoning-related topics.

“This is an important position within the Commission, providing much-needed strategic and visionary advice on a wide range of topics,” said GM/CEO Carla A. Reid. “I am extremely pleased that Amanda is joining us as we move forward in our journey toward becoming a world-class organization. She brings a unique blend of legal expertise with knowledge of legislative issues, as well as zoning and growth management topics. She will be an invaluable addition to our senior leadership team.”

Conn previously served as deputy secretary of the Maryland Department of Planning, a position she filled after serving that agency as their Counsel and Assistant Attorney General for several years. She also served as an assistant county attorney in the Baltimore County Office of Law specializing in zoning, planning, preservation and County Council matters. She was an attorney at Funk & Bolton, P.A., in Baltimore, representing local governments across the state on a variety of issues.  Conn is an adjunct professor of law at both the University of Maryland and University of Baltimore Schools of Law, where she co-teaches a course on legislation.

“I am honored and thrilled to join Carla and the senior leadership team at the Commission,” said Conn. “WSSC is undergoing a dynamic transformation and I look forward to building on this momentum in the coming years.”

Conn earned her bachelor’s degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland and her law degree from the University Of Baltimore School of Law.

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.


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