Legislative and Government Affairs Committee


The Legislative and Government Affairs Committee (LGAC) is established to monitor, be informed, and advise the Board of Directors about legislative, judicial, and governmental matters that may affect GHI and its members.

The Committee shall be composed of three or more GHI members who are appointed by the Board President; one or more shall also be a member of the Board of Directors, and one committee member shall be designated as Chair by the Board President.   The Committee shall meet at least quarterly and at such other times and through such methods as determined by the Chair, in order to prosecute the Committee's work in a timely manner.  A majority of the members of the Committee at any meeting shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. 

Major Activities: 

The Committee may receive specific requests or directives from the Board of Directors from time to time, and shall have the following duties and responsibilities:

(a)  To become aware, inform itself, and follow  significant legislative and regulatory issues that have, or could have an effect on GHI  and its members; and to report to the Board on such issues;

(b)  To provide information and advice to the Board of Directors with respect to GHI's initiatives with or involving the governing bodies of the City of Greenbelt, Prince George’s County, the State of Maryland, or United States of America;

(c) To assist the Board of Directors, if and when so requested, in representing the interests of GHI and its members before agencies or proceedings of local, state, and federal governments; 

(d) To inform and educate members on legislative issues through appropriate avenues of communication;

(e) When specifically approved by the Board of Directors, to seek member support, and to educate members regarding ways to conduct lobbying efforts or opportunities to advance the interests of GHI and its members;

(f) To advise the Board of Directors on building coalitions and partnerships with other organizations for more effective advocacy of GHI's interests;

(g) To, not less than annually, submit to the Board of Directors a written Legislative Priority Report to summarize the committee's work, describe current legislative or government issues, and note positions advantageous to GHI on issues that may affect the Cooperative and its members.

The Committee shall evaluate its performance annually. The Committee will address all matters that it considers relevant to its performance, including the adequacy, quality, and appropriateness of the information and recommendations presented by the Committee to the Board. The Committee will report to the Board the results of its evaluation, including any recommended amendments to this charter and any recommended changes to the Corporation’s or the Board’s policies and procedures. 



  • Benjamin Wilhelm, (Chair)
  • Stefan Brodd, (Board Liaison)
  • Kathleen Gallagher
  • Kerry Loring
  • Kathryn Thompson
  • Eldon Ralph, Staff Liaison