About Us

The Purple Line Corridor Coalition (PLCC), formed in 2013, is a multi-sector collaborative led and administered by the University of Maryland’s National Center for Smart Growth (NCSG) in partnership with a coalition of community organizations, state and local governments, nonprofits, philanthropies, and businesses. PLCC led the creation of the Community Development Agreement for the Purple Line Corridor which articulates a collective vision for vibrant economic and community development along the 16-mile corridor.



To ensure the Purple Line light rail creates a place of opportunity for all who live, work and invest in the corridor through a commitment to increasing access via public transportation to housing choices, job and business opportunities, and communities that are vibrant and sustainable.

What We Do


PLCC brings together a unique set of partners to leverage skills and perspectives. Through a collective action strategy, partner and collaborating organizations are aligning their work plans for coordinated action among government, businesses, philanthropy, nonprofit, and civic organizations.


We use the Community Development Agreement to stimulate innovative collaboration, focus community investment, and plan beyond the tracks to ensure that investments in the Purple Line light rail corridor benefit all who live, work and invest in the corridor.

Research & Educate

We research best practices and lessons learned from corridor approaches and create informative maps and tools to provide a new look at what’s in the corridor, where things are going, potential impacts and opportunities.

Provide Technical Assistance

Our partners bring expertise in development, financing, civic engagement, data analysis, and more. We develop tools to inform, catalyze and support conversations around transit development and the communities impacted.

Our Team

Gerrit Knaap

Director, NCSG & Chair, PLCC
Sheila Somashekhar

Sheila Somashekhar

Director of the Purple Line Corridor Coalition

Kimberly Ross

Project Director, PLCC

Nicholas Finio

Associate Director, NCSG

Willow Lung-Amam

Assistant Professor School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation

Ronit Eisenbach

Associate Professor School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation

Steering Committee

The work of the PLCC would not be possible without our partners who serve on the PLCC Steering Committee, lead work groups, and help to carry out the work plan in collaboration with a broad range of member organizations serving on the Agreement Advisory Committee and work teams.

National Center for Smart Growth at University of Maryland (co-chair, PLCC lead)

Enterprise Community Partners (co-chair, Housing)

Montgomery County Executive’s office

Prince George’s County Executive’s office

Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Prince George’s 

Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery 

CASA de Maryland (co-chair, Small Business)

Montgomery Housing Partnership (co-chair, Housing)

Housing Initiatives Partnership (co-chair, Housing)

Latino Economic Development Center (co-chair, Small Business)

Purple Line Now (co-chair, Sustainable Neighborhoods)

Kaiser Permanente (co-chair, Capital Advisory Table & Anchor Institutions Roundtable)

(Others to be named as new workgroups and initiatives are launched.)

View PLCC Governance Structure

PLCC Members


Contact Us


Purple Line Corridor Coalition

National Center for Smart Growth

University of Maryland

1112 Preinkert Field House (Building 054), College Park, MD 20742