The Town Council is responsible for making all of the legislative decisions that affect the Town. They are elected each May and serve for two year terms, with two seats being filled one year and three the next. The Council serves in an unpaid capacity. Each Council member donates many hours per year helping to ensure that the Town runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible. The Council meets the second Wednesday of each month, in public, to discuss Town business and policy. In addition to these public meetings, each Council member serves as a liaison to at least one Town Committee and has many other public service interests.
Agendas & Minutes
Agendas and minutes are posted on the Town's website. Copies may also be obtained at the Town office.
Barney Rush, Mayor
Term Expires 2020
I have had a varied business career, including positions as an executive in an electric utility, CEO of a technology start-up company, a developer of renewable energy plants, and an operating partner at a private equity firm. I am currently on the board of directors of ISO – New England, the authority which ensures the supply of electric power for that region. I also work for an investment bank focused on financing power plants in Africa, and am on the board of directors of a solar energy developer based in India. I enjoy playing alto saxophone with the Rockville Concert Band. My wife, Marjorie, and I have lived at 6917 Maple since 2003. We have two grown children, Alison and Carolyn.
Cecily Baskir, Vice Mayor
Term Expires 2019
A native of Chevy Chase and Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School graduate, Cecily E. Baskir has lived in the Town of Chevy Chase with her husband John since 2007. They have two young sons, Elio and Lior, and a dog, Emma. Cecily is a practicing appellate lawyer with significant experience in indigent criminal defense, immigration, and civil rights law. In addition, she currently teaches law at Catholic University in Washington, DC and in Poland; she previously taught as a clinical law professor in China and as a supervising attorney in the Appellate Litigation Program at Georgetown University Law Center. An advocate on issues related to future development in Bethesda, she has served as a member of the Town’s Special Committee on the Bethesda Downtown Plan. She is also a member of the Rosemary Hills PTA Board. Cecily holds degrees from Princeton University, Yale Law School, and Georgetown University Law Center and has also studied in Germany and Argentina. She enjoys bicycling and may frequently be found walking the dog and/or the children through the Town.
Joel Rubin, Treasurer
Term Expires 2019
Joel Rubin is the Chevy Chase Town Council's Community Liaison, having just been elected after having served as an active volunteer in the Town for much of the past decade.
Joel is a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and currently Adjunct Faculty at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz School of Public Policy and Management in Washington, DC. A seasoned practitioner of American foreign policy and politics, Joel leads the consultancy practice "Washington Strategy Group”. He has nearly 20 years of federal experience in government, advocacy, and both Chambers of Congress. He has served at senior levels at the State Department and also ran for Congress, providing him with a unique skill set to help clients navigate the political dimensions of U.S. foreign policy.
During Joel’s recent run for Congress in 2015 – 2016 in the historic Maryland-8 Democratic primary, he was described by the New York Times as having “serious foreign policy credentials.” He was also profiled in the Washington Post.
Prior to running for Congress, from 2014 – 2015, Joel was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs, where he directed the State Department’s work with the U.S. House of Representatives. He also testified to Congress’s House Select Committee on Benghazi as a government witness in January 2015.
From 2008 – 2014, Joel was a leading advocate on national security and foreign policy issues at Ploughshares Fund and J Street, where he promoted American diplomacy to resolve the Iran nuclear crisis, to restrain nuclear proliferation, and to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Joel served as a senior aide in the U.S. Senate from 2006 – 2008. He joined Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) as a Brookings Institution Legislative Fellow and later joined Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) as his National Security Advisor. In 2008, Joel won the “Congressional Staffer of the Year” award from the Military Officers Association of America.
Earlier, from 1999 – 2005, Joel was a career official at the State Department, Energy Department, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). He won numerous awards, including the State Department’s Superior Honor award. During this time, he ran programs to promote solar energy deployment, economic reform in the Middle East, and support for the war on terrorism. He began his federal career as a Presidential Management Fellow. He also served in the Peace Corps in Costa Rica as an environmental education volunteer.
Joel has been a fixture in the national media on foreign policy, including frequent television appearances on MSNBC, CBS, Fox, BBC, and CNN. He also writes for Huffington Post, has published opinion pieces in Politico, Foreign Policy, and The Hill, and has been quoted by the Associated Press, Daily Beast, and Washington Post.
Joel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Brandeis University and a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management with a Minor in Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University. He lives with his wife, Nilmini Rubin, three daughters, and mother-in-law.
Kirk Renaud, Secretary
Term Expires 2020
Kirk Renaud and his wife Sally Duggin moved to the Town 25 years ago and raised their sons Alex and Bryant here, from CCES through BCC High School. During that time, Kirk volunteered in the community in several ways, including, serving as a Block Captain, Town Committee member, cofounder of a solar energy non profit, and youth sports coach.
His career has included work for large companies, government, and small businesses. A native of Detroit, Michigan, he had summer jobs working for Chrysler. After grad school, he moved to DC to work as a management consultant for McKinsey and Co. Since then, he has held executive positions in several businesses and non-profits. Currently, he is the CEO of a health product company, the Board Chair of an international sports product company, and a board member on several non-profit foundations. He earned a BA in Architecture and Environmental Science from Williams College and an MBA from Stanford University.
Wicca Davidson, Community Liaison
Term Expires 2020
A life-long dual citizen of the USA and Canada, I was born in Montreal, Canada. When I was a young teen, my family moved to North Carolina where my mother was born. I studied visual arts in high school at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Leaving home at age 15, I supported myself for years in a wide variety of jobs. After graduating from nursing school, as a nurse, my specialties were first, dementia and later, hospice nursing. At age 35 I graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with a degree in Art Education. In 1995 I began working as a real estate agent as a way to support my daughter and myself.
My new husband David, my daughter Rebecca, and I moved into the Town 20 years ago. My daughter started third grade at CCES. As she moved through Westland Middle School and then B-CC, I volunteered one day a week at each school. For many years I also volunteered at the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. Once I was licensed in MD, DC, and VA, I began working again full-time as a real estate agent, predominantly with buyers, as I continue to do now.
Service is my focus in work - as a nurse, and now a Realtor, and in my years of volunteerism. Currently, I am serving my third year as Chair of the Community Relations Committee, with my term ending in August 2018. In addition, I co-moderated the Town Neighbors listserv for two-and-a-half years until deciding to run for the Town Council; began the “closed” Facebook page ‘Town of Chevy Chase Residents’; and started the free book exchange in the foyer of the Town Hall. Building community matters to me. My goal on the Town Council is to continue that effort, working together with the other Council members to creatively deepen our Town’s sense of community and communication.