Town Council

The Town Council is responsible for making all of the legislative decisions that affect the Town.  They are elected each May and serve for two year terms, with two seats being filled one year and three the next.  The Council serves in an unpaid capacity.  Each Council member donates many hours per year helping to ensure that the Town runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible.  The Council meets the second Wednesday of each month, in public, to discuss Town business and policy.  In addition to these public meetings, each Council member serves as a liaison to at least one Town Committee and has many other public service interests.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas and minutes are posted on the Town's website. Copies may also be obtained at the Town office.

Mary Flynn

Mary Flynn, Mayor

Term Expires 2018

I moved to the Town of Chevy Chase in 2011 with my husband, You Mon Tsang, and our son, Liam. Prior to our move back to the east coast, I had a 20-year career in product management, marketing, and sales engineering management with Silicon Valley software companies. Prior to running for Town Council, I co-moderated the Town Neighbors listserv, "live tweeted" Town Council meetings, was a member of the Town’s Public Services Committee, and founded the Coalition of Bethesda Area Residents (CBAR), which is advocating for a beautiful and vibrant downtown supported by livable communities. I am currently a small business owner with a focus on textile arts and technology.

Barney Rush

Barney Rush, Vice Mayor

Term Expires 2018

I have had a varied business career, including positions as an executive in an electric utility, CEO of a technology start-up company, a developer of renewable energy plants, and an operating partner at a private equity firm. I am currently on the board of directors of ISO – New England, the authority which ensures the supply of electric power for that region. I also work for an investment bank focused on financing power plants in Africa, and am on the board of directors of a solar energy developer based in India. I enjoy playing alto saxophone with the Rockville Concert Band. My wife, Marjorie, and I have lived at 6917 Maple since 2003. We have two grown children, Alison and Carolyn.

Scott Fosler

Scott Fosler, Treasurer

Term Expires 2018

Scott Fosler previously was elected to two terms on the County Council of Montgomery County, Maryland, where he also served as council president, and president of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG). He also served previously on Town Council, and recently on the Town Ethics Commission. He is former president of the Congressionally chartered National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), vice president of the Committee for Economic Development (CED), and held senior staff positions with the U. S. National Commission on Productivity and the Institute of Public Administration. He currently serves on several non-profit and for-profit boards, and is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. 

Cecily Baskir

Cecily Baskir, Secretary

Term Expires 2019

A native of Chevy Chase and Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School graduate, Cecily E. Baskir has lived in the Town of Chevy Chase with her husband John since 2007. They have two young sons, Elio and Lior, and a dog, Emma. Cecily is a practicing appellate lawyer with significant experience in indigent criminal defense, immigration, and civil rights law.  In addition, she currently teaches law at Catholic University in Washington, DC and in Poland; she previously taught as a clinical law professor in China and as a supervising attorney in the Appellate Litigation Program at Georgetown University Law Center.  An advocate on issues related to future development in Bethesda, she has served as a member of the Town’s Special Committee on the Bethesda Downtown Plan.  She is also a member of the Rosemary Hills PTA Board.  Cecily holds degrees from Princeton University, Yale Law School, and Georgetown University Law Center and has also studied in Germany and Argentina.  She enjoys bicycling and may frequently be found walking the dog and/or the children through the Town.

Joel Rubin

Joel Rubin, Community Liaison

Term Expires 2019

Joel Rubin is the Chevy Chase Town Council's Community Liaison, having just been elected after having served as an active volunteer in the Town for much of the past decade.

Joel is a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and currently Adjunct Faculty at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz School of Public Policy and Management in Washington, DC. A seasoned practitioner of American foreign policy and politics, Joel leads the consultancy practice "Washington Strategy Group”. He has nearly 20 years of federal experience in government, advocacy, and both Chambers of Congress. He has served at senior levels at the State Department and also ran for Congress, providing him with a unique skill set to help clients navigate the political dimensions of U.S. foreign policy.

During Joel’s recent run for Congress in 2015 – 2016 in the historic Maryland-8 Democratic primary, he was described by the New York Times as having “serious foreign policy credentials.” He was also profiled in the Washington Post.  

Prior to running for Congress, from 2014 – 2015, Joel was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs, where he directed the State Department’s work with the U.S. House of Representatives. He also testified to Congress’s House Select Committee on Benghazi as a government witness in January 2015.

From 2008 – 2014, Joel was a leading advocate on national security and foreign policy issues at Ploughshares Fund and J Street, where he promoted American diplomacy to resolve the Iran nuclear crisis, to restrain nuclear proliferation, and to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Joel served as a senior aide in the U.S. Senate from 2006 – 2008. He joined Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) as a Brookings Institution Legislative Fellow and later joined Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) as his National Security Advisor. In 2008, Joel won the “Congressional Staffer of the Year” award from the Military Officers Association of America.

Earlier, from 1999 – 2005, Joel was a career official at the State Department, Energy Department, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). He won numerous awards, including the State Department’s Superior Honor award. During this time, he ran programs to promote solar energy deployment, economic reform in the Middle East, and support for the war on terrorism. He began his federal career as a Presidential Management Fellow. He also served in the Peace Corps in Costa Rica as an environmental education volunteer.

Joel has been a fixture in the national media on foreign policy, including frequent television appearances on MSNBC, CBS, Fox, BBC, and CNN. He also writes for Huffington Post, has published opinion pieces in Politico, Foreign Policy, and The Hill, and has been quoted by the Associated Press, Daily Beast, and Washington Post.

Joel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Brandeis University and a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management with a Minor in Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University. He lives with his wife, Nilmini Rubin, three daughters, and mother-in-law.