Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Board


The DEI Advisory Board meets four to six times a year in City Hall or over Teams. The next meeting will be held on:

Thursday, October 12, 2023 at 4:15PM on Teams.

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Chair: Lucien Metellus

Maria Herrera

Marlena Wiley

Sandra Hofmeister

Roger Sobkowiak

Torrance Beck

Zohreh Rezazadeh


The purpose of the Advisory Board is to provide feedback to the City of Frederick Mayor, Board of Aldermen, and city staff in carrying out initiatives related to equity advancement in the City, pursuant to Resolution 20-15, adopted by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen on July 16, 2020 and Resolution 20-17, adopted by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen on August 6, 2020. The City has identified equity as a fundamental value and the foundation upon which we make the commitment to act to promote justice and fairness in the creation and implementations of priorities, policies, programs, and legislation. Members of this Advisory Board will serve as advocates for equity in the community, helping to highlight more voices and build momentum around our commitment to equity.


A. Review annually the City’s Procurement Policy for, but not limited to, regulatory effectiveness, minority and women business enterprise (MWBE) participation, impact, dollar value of contracts awarded to MWBEs and compliance. (City of Frederick Purchasing Policy, Section III)

B. Recommend opportunities for community partnerships as a strategy to better understand and address equity impacts throughout the City. (City of Frederick 2020 Comprehensive Plan; City of Frederick Resolution 20-15)

C. Periodically provide feedback on City initiatives (policies, programs, legislation) related to diversity, equity, and inclusion and share that information with appropriate stakeholders as necessary. (COMMunity 2030 - Strategic Goal 4.04.001; City of Frederick Resolution 20-17)

D. Engage in the building of relationships with underserved, underrepresented, and marginalized communities and serving as trusted messengers to the community at large. (COMMunity 2030 - Strategic Goal 6.03.002; City of Frederick 2020 Comprehensive Plan)