The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments announced Wednesday that Chuck Bean, president of the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington, will take over as its new executive director next month.
The nonprofit council, whose 300 or so members include leaders from 22 Washington area jurisdictions, provides a forum to discuss regional issues, including transportation, air quality, emergency-response planning and economic development. Bean will replace David J. Robertson, who has led the organization for 10 years.
Bean said Wednesday that he looks forward to moving ahead with the organization’s key initiatives, such as Region Forward, a long-term plan for improving such things as environmental sustainability, traffic and public transportation, and Economy Forward, designed to bring new industries and jobs to the area.
He said he also wants the organization to collaborate more closely with the federal government and hopes to work with the government on appointing a liaison between the two. “There’s been a very strong connection. We just want to take it to the next level,” he said.