ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County Executive Calvin Ball today announced the appointments of Lynda Eisenberg as the new Director of the County’s Department of Planning and Zoning and Tim Lattimer as the new Administrator of the Office of Community Sustainability.

Howard County Government is fortunate to have Lynda and Tim. Together, these two incredible leaders bring a wealth of knowledge and guidance that I know will lead the County towards making productive land use and zoning decisions for the future and taking the necessary steps to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045. Lynda and Tim’s leadership will help us further ensure all who call Howard County home are afforded the best quality of life.

Calvin Ball
Howard County Executive

Set to begin as the County’s new Department of Planning and Zoning Director on June 26, 2023, Lynda Eisenberg comes to Howard County after serving more than five years as Director of Planning in neighboring Carroll County. Her planning career spans more than two decades, including work with the Maryland Department of Planning as a natural resource planner and GIS analyst, as well as program manager for the Chesapeake Conservancy. To Howard County, Lynda brings a wealth of regional and statewide planning knowledge having served as Carroll County’s representative to the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board for 10 years and most recently, as President for the Maryland Planning Association. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a B.A. in Environmental Studies/Economics and Towson University, where she earned an M.A. of Geography and Environmental Planning.

“Lynda’s deep understanding of comprehensive planning, countywide zoning and an appreciation for both rural and urban land use make her a true and vital asset to Howard County in the coming years, especially with the Planning Board’s recent unanimous endorsement of the County’s next general plan, HoCo by Design,” added Ball.

For more than 30 years, Tim Lattimer has worked at the forefront of environmental and development issues at the local and global level. As a career diplomat, Tim served most of the past decade in the U.S. Department of State’s (DOS) Office of Global Change, where he was part of the team that concluded the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change in 2015. From 1994 to 2012, he focused on environmental and economic development issues in a variety of overseas postings and multiple assignments in DOS’s Bureau of Oceans, Environment and Science. Prior to joining the DOS in 1994, Tim worked as an environmental planner and project manager in Southern California for 10 years, where he managed environmental impact assessments with private sector planning and engineering firms and with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Tim holds a B.A. in Economics and an M.S. in Environmental Studies, both from California State University, Fullerton. He will begin his new role as the County’s Office of Community Sustainability Administrator on June 20, 2023.

“Tim brings to the table decades of experience and in-depth knowledge of the environmental challenges we face today. He also understands the needed steps to continue to combat climate change locally and beyond to maintain our County’s position as a transformative, green leader,” said Ball.

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