Peter Fosselman has over 25 years of experience in the business, private and public sectors. His education is in Urban Planning and he is a lifelong believer in community service.
Currently Fosselman is overseeing the implementation of the White Oak Science Gateway Master Plan in the east side of Montgomery County. This plan is a strategy to revitalize the community and bring mixed use economic development in coordination with the expansion of the Food and Drug Administration.
Pete recently finished his fifth and final term as the Mayor of Kensington. Elected on a platform to revitalize the Town, Kensington underwent significant, positive change during his administration. These changes include a new master plan for the Town, rejuvenated streetscapes, professional marketing, community events and the County’s first bio-retention storm drain parking facility. Fosselman was elected the President of the Montgomery County Municipal League in 2011; and the President of the Maryland Mayors’ Association in 2016 serving all 152 Maryland Mayors.
Prior to joining the County, Pete was appointed Deputy Secretary of State by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley; and served a short time under Governor Larry Hogan. His office was responsible for the Charity and Legal Divisions with oversight of the Maryland Charity Campaign, Prisoner Extraditions and the Safe at Home Address Confidentiality Program; which provides assistance for victims of domestic violence and human trafficking.
Pete was a State Co-Chair for the Brown Gubernatorial Campaign in 2014 focusing on Montgomery County. In 2012 Fosselman was invited by the U.S. State Department to the International Brown Forum in Opatija, Croatia where he addressed his successes in community engagement, compromise and economic development. He was also a guest of U.S. Ambassador Kimberly Brown of Montenegro where he met with mayors in various cities around her country.
Preceding his appointment as Deputy Secretary, he was a Principal at Rodgers Consulting. Early on at Rodgers Consulting, Fosselman served as the Project Manager for the neo-traditional Kentlands, Lakelands and other Montgomery County mixed-use communities. Fosselman also partnered in small business ventures affording him the struggles and successes that come as an entrepreneur.
Pete began his career at the City of Gaithersburg in 1990 as the Zoning Inspector, where he oversaw construction activity, assisted with historic safeguarding and oversaw tree preservation for the City. He later served as the City Council’s appointed Chair of the Community Development Corporation bringing new life to the city’s original downtown.
Pete and his partner of 20 years, the Hon. Duane Rollins, live in Kensington with their two dogs, Otis and Lenora.