Elizabeth M. Hewlett

Elizabeth M. Hewlett, Esq. was appointed Chairman of the Prince George's County Planning Board in June 2011 and reappointed in June 2013. She previously served as Chairman of the Planning Board from 1995 to 2006.
Chairwoman Elizabeth Hewlett staff photo

Background & Experience  

Elizabeth M. Hewlett, Esquire is an accomplished attorney, a tireless leader, a prolific servant of the public interest and a proud resident of Prince George’s County. She is the first African American and the first woman to serve as Chairman of the Prince George’s County Planning Board of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC). In this position, she maintains oversight of the organization that provides community planning services, regulates residential and commercial real estate development, and affords first-class, national award-winning park and recreation programs for nearly 2 million residents of Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties.

A former principal in the law firm of Shipley, Horne & Hewlett, P.A. and former Associate General Counsel to M-NCPPC, Ms. Hewlett has extensive legal experience in both the public and private sectors.

She also has served on the regional:

  • Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Board of Directors
  • Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments' Metropolitan Development Policy Committee


Currently, Ms. Hewlett serves as Chair of the Prince George’s County 2020 Census Complete Count Committee. She has received numerous awards and has been recognized as one of the Region’s “100 Most Powerful Women” by the Washingtonian Magazine, the “Top 100 Women in Maryland” by The Daily Record, the “Top Women Who Mean Business” by the Washington Business Journal, and a recipient of The Daily Record’s “Leadership In Law” Award.


Ms. Hewlett earned her bachelor’s from Tufts University, her juris doctorate from Boston College Law School and completed Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government.

She is a firm believer in “to whom much is given, much is required.”