Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities (CEJSC)

What is the CEJSC?​

The CEJSC is a twenty member body that is tasked with advising State government on environmental justice and analyzing the effectiveness of State and local government laws and policies to address issues of environmental justice and sustainable communities.

The CEJSC was previously established by Executive Order​ on January 1, 2001 and is now statutorily codified under § 1-701 of the Environment Article of the Md. Ann. Code.  The Commission is charged with:  

  • Advising the State government agencies on EJ.
  • Analyzing the effectiveness of State and local government laws and policies to address issues of EJ and sustainable communities.
  • Coordinating with the Children's Environmental Health and Protection Advisory Council (CEHPAC)​ on the issues of EJ and sustainable communities.
  • Developing criteria to assess what communities in MD may be experiencing EJ issues. 
  • Recommending options for addressing EJ issues to the Governor and the General Assembly; including​ prioritized areas of the State that need immediate attention. 

When is the next CEJSC meeting?​

The CEJSC will meet virtually Tuesday, September 26, 2023 at 10:00 am to 12:00 pm:
If you are planning to attend, please email
Meetings are held regularly on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 10am to 12pm. Please visit this page to confirm the meeting date and find materials.

Who are the members of the CEJSC?​

The CEJSC consists of representatives from multiple state agencies and local government. The Governor, the Senate President, and the Speaker of the House appoint representatives of communities concerned with EJ, the business communities, environmental organizations, health experts, and an academic institution with an EJ institute.


​Camille Burke
Standing Members

Serena McIlwain (Devon Dodson, Designee)​​​
Environment Secretary
​Dr. Laura Herrera Scott (Subha Chandar, Designee)
Health Secretary​
​Rebecca Flora (Joseph Griffiths, Designee)
​Planning Secretary
​Kevin Anderson​ (Melissa Brown, Designee)
​Commerce Secretary
​​Jake Day (John Papagni, Designee)
​Housing Secretary
​Paul Wiedefeld​​ (Janet Moye Cornick, Designee)
​Transportation Secretary
​The Honorable Regina T. Boyce
​Member of the House of Delegates
​Member of the Maryland Senate

Governor Appointed Members

Monica Brooks
​Community Representative
​Voncia Molock
​Business Representative
​Barbara Paca
​Environmental Organization
​Camille Burke
​Health Expert
​Academic Institution with an EJ Initiative

​Senate President & House Speaker Appointed Members

Community Representative​
​Community Representative
Community Representative​
Business Representative​
​Environmental Organization
​Health Expert

​Local Government Appointments

Lori Cunningham, City of Bowie​MLL

Appointed by the AFL-CIO
​Donna Edwards
​Union Member
​Gerald Jackson
​Union Member

Past Appointments from Governor (service continues until new appointments are made under 2021 SB674/CH0635 & HB1207/CH0634)
Crystal Faison​​

Paulette Hammond
​Lesliam Quiros-Alcala

Annual Reports and Archives​

Annual Reports​

CEJSC Meeting Archive​ ​

Contact Information

For further information please contact Devon Dodson at (410) 537-4499 or​


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