Portrait of Doug Duncan

Doug Duncan

Doug Duncan ('15) has been a leader in the Greater Washington Region for over thirty years. He is a proven executive-level manager, with demonstrated leadership in developing an organizational vision and putting that vision into action. An experienced public communicator and crisis manager, Mr. Duncan has a record of success in building partnerships and collaborating with diverse and varied groups of people to identify and reach a common goal.

Mr. Duncan today serves as President & CEO of Leadership Greater Washington, where he brings together regional leaders and regional challenges to foster positive community impact. LGW is a thirty year organization with over fifteen hundred members who have gone through its Signature Program and who are among the top decision makers in the region.

Mr. Duncan is best known for having served three terms as Montgomery County Executive, the top elected official in Maryland’s largest jurisdiction. The Washington Post has called him the best County Executive in Montgomery County history. In his highly successful 12 years in office, he developed, coordinated and implemented a wide array of initiatives on the local, regional and state levels, in partnership with multiple constituencies including residents, civic groups, unions, non-profits, the business and education communities, and other elected officials.

He led Montgomery County through its transformation from a suburban bedroom community into a thriving urban center recognized for visionary land planning, its global technology industry, and vast open spaces and parks. The results of Doug Duncan’s landmark initiatives have been hailed nationally as models for other communities across the country. He successfully revitalized downtown Silver Spring, now a national model for urban redevelopment. He led the effort to fund and construct the Music Center at Strathmore, rated as one of the best concert halls in the country. And during an extraordinarily dangerous time in our region’s history, Mr. Duncan, along with Police Chief Charles Moose, helped lead this community through the DC area sniper shootings, where he earned the title of Chaplain for the region.

In his career, Mr. Duncan also co-founded a continuous advisory services firm for state and local governments, was Vice President for Administrative Affairs at the University of Maryland College Park, was a National Account Manager for AT&T, and served as Mayor of Rockville, his hometown.

Among numerous awards, Mr. Duncan has been named to the Washington Business Journal Power 100 and as a Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian Magazine.
Portrait of Debra Kaplan

Debra Kaplan

Debbie Kaplan is responsible for developing, implementing and managing educational programs, workshops and seminars to enhance the leadership and professional development of LGW’s members and the community.

Prior to this role, Debbie has been instrumental in the operational growth of several start-ups. Most recently, she managed internal operations for &pizza, a DC-based pizza chain helping it to grow from 2 to 13 locations in less than two years and before that, helping to establish Urban Igloo, a local apartment locator service.

She also served as vice president of business development for a professional recruiting firm and was an account director for MarketBridge, a global professional services firm.

Previously, Debbie’s career focus was in corporate marketing for companies such as AOL, Qwest, Sprint and MCI where she created and managed affiliate marketing and partnership programs, established an online marketing division and managed a sales promotion department as well as numerous marketing campaigns.

Debbie currently serves on the board of directors for the Clarendon Alliance and most recently, Secretary and Board Member of the DC Ad Club.

She lives in Clarendon with her husband and wishes her children lived closer. On weekends you can find her power walking her way around the city.