Leta Mach and her husband Darrell moved to Greenbelt in 1974. They have two married children – Ryan and Amy – and four granddaughters: Anna, Alexa, Piper, and Amelia.
She was first elected to the Greenbelt City Council in 2003. She has served on numerous local and national committees to represent the City of Greenbelt including the National League of Cities Human Development Steering Committee and Maryland Municipal League Convention Planning Committee. She is the immediate past chair of the Maryland Municipal League Communications Committee. At the Washington Council of Governments and its affiliates, she is chair of the Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee and immediate past chair of Clean Air Partners. She is also the secretary of the Prince George’s Elected Municipal Women.
In 2000, Mach was honored as Greenbelt’s Outstanding Citizen. This recognition followed years of community service in a variety of positions with many different community organizations. Through the years, she served as treasurer of the Greenbelt Cooperative Nursery School; PTA president of both Greenbelt Elementary School and Eleanor Roosevelt High School; News Review reporter, editor, and proofreader; volunteer for the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival Committee; chair of the GHI Audit Committee and secretary of the board of the Greenbelt Consumer Cooperative. For Greenbelt’s 50th anniversary, she chaired the Greenbelt Oral History Committee that collected video oral histories. She also participated in the book project by writing chapter two of Greenbelt: History of a New Town. She has also been a museum docent.
In 1995, when the City Council established the Advisory Committee on Education (ACE), she was appointed to the committee and elected chair helping to guide the development of ACE programs to the benefit of Greenbelt’s schools. She served as chair until her election to the Greenbelt City Council when she took on the role of council liaison to ACE. She has previously served as council liaison to the Senior Citizen Advisory Committee and is currently council liaison to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.
Her work experience includes teaching social studies at Suitland Senior High School from 1969-1973, serving as the information specialist at Greenbelt Homes, Inc. (GHI) from 1981-87, and from 1987-2003 she worked at National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA) as director of communications and cooperative education.
Her interest in education and cooperatives has informed her efforts to enhance the quality of life for Greenbelt citizens. Familiar with the NORC (Naturally Occurring Retirement Community) program providing services to seniors in New York City cooperatives, she advocated for the adoption of Greenbelt’s Assistance in Living program. She once ran a conference on cooperatives and the Living Wage and as a councilmember pushed the city to establish a Living Wage policy providing city employees and those of city contractors with a wage higher than the minimum wage. As ERHS PTSA president, she called for a light at Frankfort and Greenbelt Roads and called again, successfully, after election to council. Her efforts ensured Greenbelt’s Playful City charter designation and KaBoom! grant for the South Ora Court playground. The program recognizes and promotes health and fitness for the young and not so young throughout the city.
Alert to opportunities and partnerships, she also suggested the Maryland Municipal League adopt the MML Geocache Trail. This high-tech treasure hunting game brings people from around the country to find the city’s geocache and promotes and markets the city at virtually no cost. Mach is a past board member of the Greenbelt Community Foundation.
Beyond Greenbelt, she is the past president of both the Cooperative Communicators Association and Parent Cooperative Preschools International. She has received many awards including in 1995 the national Co-op Month Award for Communications. Mach grew up in a military family. While she was in high school her father was stationed in Washington, D.C., and she graduated from a Prince George’s County school – Bladensburg. In 1969, she received a B.A. with Honor with a major in history and minors in English and education from Michigan State University.
As a new member of council in 2003, she felt it important to deepen her understanding of local government and thus enrolled in and subsequently became a graduate of the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance, a collaborative effort involving the Maryland Municipal League and the University of Maryland Institute for Governmental Service.