The leading voice for smarter growth since 1994

1000 Friends of Maryland advocates for a more environmentally and economically sustainable future that creates opportunities for all Marylanders through better development patterns.



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Kimberly Golden Brandt
Executive Director
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Kimberly was hired to lead the organization’s local campaigns in 2012. She advises officials and advocates working to advance sustainable growth in their communities and provides technical analysis of local planning efforts. Kimberly received a Master of Urban and Regional Planning and a Bachelor of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has worked as a professional planner for twenty years, focusing primarily on the relationship between people and the natural and built environments. Her work experience includes local land use planning and natural hazard mitigation planning for the State of Maryland. 


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Dru Schmidt-Perkins
President and CEO emeritus

We want to thank Dru for her 20 plus years of dedication to 1000 Friends of Maryland.  Dru became 1000 Friends' first Executive Director in 1998 after serving on the founding steering committee for two years. She left in Novmber 2017 to explore new opportuntities.  We wish her great success!


Board of Directors

  • Dale Sams, Chair
  • Karla Aghajanian, First Vice Chair
  • Caroline Moore, Second Vice Chair
  • Rick Struse, Treasurer
  • Marsha Ramsay, Secretary
  • Alfred W. Barry, III
  • Lisa Hodges
  • Klaus Philipsen
  • Edwin Remsberg
  • Ellen Stifler
  • Ginger Woolridge