Published on: Friday, March 4, 2022 Takoma Park Newsletter

Meet the New ARPA Manager


The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) has brought an unprecedented level of funding to the City of Takoma Park for aid in recovery from the COVID pandemic. As such, Takoma Park has created an ARPA Manager position to aid in the administration, oversight, tracking and reporting of these federal funds.

Vernae Martin joined the City’s staff in January as the new ARPA Manager. Prior to working for the City, she worked for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services in supervisory and senior advisor roles. Her career in the federal sector included working in the Food & Drug Administration, the Health Resources Services Administration, the Administration for Children & Families, and detail assignments with the Departments of Labor and Housing & Urban Development. Vernae has a Master of Business Administration degree from Kennesaw State University, completed graduate studies in Urban & Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, and a B.A. from St. Olaf College.

In the role of ARPA Manager, Ms. Martin will guide, oversee, and report on the full use of ARPA funds. The ARPA Manager will report directly to the City Manager and work closely with the Deputy City Manager and Finance Director to design, develop, and implement performance and financial data reporting infrastructure.

Importantly, the ARPA Manager will be the liaison to the City Council and the public in presenting opportunities, findings, and recommendations to City leadership and City Council, monitoring
and evaluating fund usage to ensure it is having the intended impact, preparing reports, findings, conclusions, and recommendations for multiple stakeholders. Residents can reach Ms. Martin, ARPA Manager, at


This article was featured in the March 2022 Newsletter. Visit the Takoma Park Newsletter webpage to see full list of past newsletters.