The GSSD is independently governed by a Board of Directors comprising business property owners and operators, residents, representatives of institutions and other stakeholders within the district, as provided for within the bylaws that govern the Germantown Special Services District. The Board has a fiduciary responsibility to the GSSD and hires and overseas the staff who administer the SSD on a day-to-day basis.

The purpose of the board is to develop the plan and budget of the our Special Services District, hold meetings which are open to the public to engage the business community and residents and other stakeholders as the daily work of the GSSD is executed. Members of the board serve terms lasting for five years, which can be renewed as appointments are approved by City Council.

The Board of Directors oversees seven committees which work with the board and the Executive Director and other staff to execute the missions and plans of the organization. Learn more about our Committees.


Trapeta Mayson - Interim Chair/President*

Germantown resident, artist and poet and is the former Executive Director of Historic Germantown. Appointed in June 2016 to the board

Joe Meade - Vice Chair*

Joe is a Germantown resident, and Chief of Staff & Executive Director-Government Affairs Office of the President for La Salle University. Appointed in December 2017 to the board

Cornelia Swinson - Secretary*

Germantown resident and Executive Director of the Johnson House Historic Site. Appointed in June 2013 to the board and re-appointed to a new term in 2018. 

Ingrid R. Shepard

Germantown resident, owner of Shepard Consulting, LLC and Executive Director of THE ONE LESS FOUNDATION. Appointed in October 2013 to the board, and re-appointed to a new term in January 2018.

Kathy Paulmier

Germantown resident, Director of Community Involvement at Germantown Friends School. Appointed in June 2014 to the board.

Daniel Conner, Esquire

Germantown resident and attorney at the Law Offices of Daniel Conner. Appointed in June 2016 to the board

Jania Daniels

Co-owner of Rose Petals Café and licensed Realtor at Entourage Elite Real Estate. Appointed in June 2014 to the board.

Charles Richardson

Germantown resident and Special Assistant, Councilwoman Cindy Bass. Appointed to the board in January 2018.

Angela Bowie

Senior Policy Advisor, Councilwoman Cindy Bass. Appointed to the board in January 2018.