About SSTCi

Our Mission

SSTCi educates, entertains, and inspires residents of all ages by activating public spaces with arts and cultural events that embrace the region’s diversity and build community connections.

Our Vision

The vision of Silver Spring Town Center is to:

Build Community in Silver Spring by creating an environment that is open, welcoming and safe for all while reflecting the interests and needs of the community.

Inspire and uplift residents by planning, providing and arranging positive, energetic programming that is interesting, educational and entertaining.

Promote cross-community and cross-cultural understanding by embracing racial and cultural diversity in all aspects of governance, management and program operations.

Encourage and support the arts by providing a dynamic, visual focal point in the community, by making local art more widely accessible and by promoting the arts and entertainment district.

Foster civic engagement by providing a forum for active dialogue around issues that affect the community.

Market and promote Silver Spring Town Center programs and services taking place inside the Silver Spring Civic Center and outside at Veterans Plaza.

Marshal, manage and maintain the available resources effectively, efficiently and collaboratively so as to assure long-term viability and stability.

Our Values

The values of Silver Spring Town Center are:

Ethics and accountability in our fundraising efforts to support a mission that promotes a stable, enduring entity.

Inclusiveness to value and reflect the diversity of interests and voices that are apparent in the community racially, culturally and socio-economically. To enthusiastically welcome the breadth of influence that comes with that diversity.

Responsiveness to the public by providing programs and an environment that incorporate and reflect interests articulated by the community.

Decisiveness to promote effective, efficient and collaborative leadership that values the resources of the community.

Strategic thinking to ensure visionary, forward thinking that is creative and resourceful in its approach to fundraising, governance and policies in programming.

Creativity in its approach to operations and programming as well as the environment that projects the spirit of the enterprise, which is fresh, bold, energizing and new.

Our Board & Staff

Executive Director

Lisa Martin

SSTCi's 2021 Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Brenda Bunting, President

Terri Salus, Vice President

Jay-Jay Jelenke, Vice President

Jonathon Gunn, Treasurer

At-large Board members

Andarge Asfaw

Joy Carr

Jannelle Cortes

Yukari Horiba

Linda Kato, RSCJ, Ph.D.

Lauren Heather Lay, D. Min.

Ed Levy, Immediate Past President

Neha Misra

Christian Oh

Angela Riemer

Pam Stuckey

Patricia Tyson

Ada Villatoro

Elin Zurbrigg

Advisory Committee

Sheryl Brissett Chapman, Ed.D., LHD, Ed.M., MSW, ACSW

David Fogel

Mark Kozaki

Jon Lourie

Wanda Whiteside

Mary Ann Zimmerman, in memoriam


One Veterans Place (at Ellsworth Drive between Fenton Street & Cedar Street)
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910


Driving Directions

From DC: Head north on Georgia Avenue. Turn right on Wayne Avenue. Turn left on Fenton Avenue. Proceed about 2 blocks to Fenton and Ellsworth Drive. Plaza is on the right.

From the Beltway: Head south on Colesville Avenue (Exit 30) for approximately 2 miles to Fenton Street. Turn left on Fenton Street to Ellsworth Drive (2 blocks). Plaza is on the left.


Limited street parking and garages are available, the closest at nearby county parking garages.


Take the red line to Silver Spring station.

Take the southside Colesville Avenue exit. Walk towards Discovery Communications headquarters. Once across Wayne Avenue, turn right and follow the foot path by the Discovery Communications Steve Irwin Memorial Gardens, and under the arch. Cross Georgia at the pedestrian crossing. You’re now on Ellsworth Drive. Follow it for 1 block to Veterans Plaza and the civic building.


Ride On and Metrobus offer a variety of ways to reach Silver Spring downtown.


MARC (Maryland Area Regional Commuter) Train Service runs weekday service. Follow the directions from the Silver Spring Metro station.

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