Pinellas Park, Fla. (Feb. 11, 2022) — The Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council (TBRPC)
elected new board officers for 2022 at its meeting on December 13, 2021. The leadership
reflects the Council’s wide geographic reach, with leaders hailing from Manatee, Pinellas and
St. Petersburg City Council member Brandi Gabbard is the new chair of the Tampa Bay
Regional Planning Council board. Manatee County Commissioner Vanessa Baugh is vice-chair
and Largo Mayor Woody Brown is secretary and treasurer. Pasco County Commissioner Jack
Mariano is immediate past-chair.
Brandi Gabbard, chair
St. Petersburg City Council vice-chair Brandi Gabbard has been involved with the Tampa Bay
Regional Planning Council since 2018. A St. Petersburg City Council member since 2017, she
is part of the steering committee for the TBRPC Tampa Bay Regional Resiliency Coalition, and
she served as Chair of the Board of the Pinellas Realtor® Organization in 2014.
Vanessa Baugh, vice chair
A Manatee County Commissioner since 2012, Vanessa Baugh has been involved with the
Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council since 2019. She is chair of the Council’s Covid-19
Recovery Task Force created to assist local governments in recovery and CARES Act funding.
She is a member of the board of Manatee Port Authority.
Woody Brown, secretary and treasurer
Largo Mayor Woody Brown was first elected as Largo Commissioner in 2007, then Mayor in
2014. He has been involved with the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council since 2012, and he
previously served as chair of the Council in 2016. He currently serves as vice chair of the
Council’s Agency on Bay Management, which is focused on the protection and management of
the Tampa Bay estuary.
Jack Mariano, immediate past-chair
First elected in 2004 to the Pasco County Commission, Jack Mariano is currently serving his
fourth term. He is a past chair of the Pasco County board of commissioners as well as of the
Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council.
“I’m looking forward to working closely with the Council’s leaders to coordinate planning for our
region’s bright future and creating opportunities to address our shared challenges,” said
Regional Planning Council executive director Sean Sullivan. “This coordinated approach to
shaping our community makes a difference.”
About the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council
The Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council brings together governments to coordinate planning
for the community’s future and provide an opportunity for sharing solutions among the local
government jurisdictions in the Tampa Bay region. The TBRPC works with six counties and 21
municipalities as they make long-range plans related to the future of the Tampa Bay region. The
Council’s work focuses on resiliency, planning for climate change and sea level rise,
environmental management, water quality, emergency preparedness planning, protection and
restoration of the Tampa Bay estuary, economic analysis, coastal zone management, housing
and infrastructure analysis, local government comprehensive plan reviews, cross acceptance,
dispute resolution and reviews of transportation plans. Learn more at tbrpc.org.