Mayor's Strategic Opportunities Advisory Team (SOAT) Committee

Steering Committee Members

  • Kelly Russell, Co-Chair
  • Jim Racheff, Co-Chair
  • Elizabeth Cromwell
  • Ted Gregory
  • Ted Luck

Steering Committee Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

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The Steering Committee will lead the Mayor’s Strategic Opportunities Advisory Team Workgroups. They will oversee the delivery of a consolidated report summarizing the efforts of five targeted workgroups: 

  • 21st Century Technology and Communication
  • City Operations and Organization
  • Civic Engagement
  • Economic Resilience
  • Expanding Opportunity

Final Reports

Citizens can provide feedback to the Mayor on the Final Reports by emailing Mayor O'Conner or filling out the online feedback form.


Workgroup Members


The committee will operate in accordance with the Maryland Open Meetings Act. Its meetings and deliverables will occur timely and in a manner that is user friendly, enhances community engagement and diversity of thought, and is problem solving. Administrative support for the Committee will be provided by the appropriate City staff/agency.


Final report is due June 30, 2018. The steering committee will meet every two weeks, or as necessary, until completion of their work.

Join the Committee

If you are interested in an appointment to a citizen board or commission, please complete the Commission Vacancy Application.

Complete the application online or download the application (PDF).