Community Development Network of Maryland

About Us



The mission of the Community Development Network of Maryland is to promote, strengthen, and advocate for the community development sector throughout Maryland’s urban, suburban, and rural communities.



The Community Development Network of Maryland envisions thriving Maryland neighborhoods and communities, where people of all incomes have opportunities for themselves and their families.



The Maryland Asset Building Community Development (ABCD) Network was founded in 2006.  ABCD took the form of a network of community development organizations, with a lean staffing structure, to build members' capacity and advocate with one voice.  In 2013, the organization's leadership conducted a strategic planning process and decided to change the name to the Community Development Network of Maryland, to better align with its mission. Since 2013, CDN has been an effective organizer and representative of community development organizations throughout Maryland.

2018 - 2021 Strategic plan

CDN 2018-2021 Strategic Plan (pdf)


Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Stephanie Prange Proestel –  President
Housing Initiative Partnership

Glenn Irwin –  Vice President
Ocean City Development Corporation

Ilana Branda – Secretary
Montgomery Housing Partnership

Dana Johnson – Treasurer
The Redevelopment Fund

Janice Williams – At-Large Executive Committee member
BB&T Bank

Erin Shearman Karpewicz – Immediate Past President
Arundel Community Development Services

Board Members

Doris J. Cammack-Spencer

Southern Maryland Minority Chamber of Commerce

Charlotte Davis

Rural Maryland Council

Peter Dolkart

Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Baltimore Branch

Donna Hurley

Housing Options & Planning Enterprises, Inc. (H.O.P.E.)

Shavaugn Jackson

Diversified Housing

Gerard Joab

Saint Ambrose Housing Aid Center

Dennis Nicholson

St. Mary’s County Housing Authority

John Papagni
Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development

Mike Spurrier

Frederick Community Action

Jessica Sorrell

Enterprise Community Partners

Kelli Tencer

Reach of Washington County

Ivy Wells

Town of Berlin, MD


Odette T. Ramos - Executive Director

Claudia Wilson Randall - Associate Director