Our Team

Economic Development Team members

Richard Griffin, AICP, CEcD

Director of Economic Development

An urban planner and economic developer with 28 years of experience, Richard has worked at the city, county, and regional level in several states. Hailing from Asheville, North Carolina, he is a U.S. Army veteran. He, his wife Lynne, and three boys live, work, and play in Downtown Frederick. He is a 2010 Leadership Frederick Graduate and a current class member of Leadership Maryland.

In his role as Director of Economic Development, Richard oversees the City’s Department of Economic Development, the downtown parking system, Frederick Municipal Airport, and the Weinberg Center for the Arts. Richard additionally serves on the board for Fort Detrick Alliance, East Frederick Rising, and the Maryland Economic Development Association.

Email: rgriffin@cityoffrederickmd.gov 
Phone: 301-600-6361


Becky Kaler

Business Development Specialist

Becky has served as Business Development Specialist since 2017. She is a 2019 Leadership Frederick Graduate and holds a Master of Business Administration from Mount Saint Mary’s University. During college and the years immediately after, she was heavily involved in the launch of her family's ice cream shop, a rewarding experience that she sites as the source of her enthusiasm for the local business community. 

Becky serves as a board member for the Downtown Frederick Partnership and GenConnect.

Email: rkaler@cityoffrederickmd.gov 
Phone: 301-600-6363

Mary Ford-Naill

Economic Development Manager

With over 30 years of commercial and residential real estate industry experience, Mary’s role focuses on promoting business attraction and retention initiative within the City. Mary is passionate about service to the community and is heavily involved in Rotary as a former Area Governor and Club President. Mary has also previously served on the board for Frederick County Chamber of Commerce, Saint John’s Catholic School, and Downtown Frederick Partnership. Mary holds a Master of Business Administration from Hood College, and is a 2002 Leadership Frederick Graduate.

Mary currently serves on the Disadvantage Business Enterprise Review panel and is a board member for the Golden Mile Alliance and Tech Frederick.

Email: mnaill@cityoffrederickmd.gov 
Phone: 301-600-6362


Donna Goff

Economic Development Specialist

Serving as the first point of contact at the Economic Development office in City Hall for 12 years, Donna will likely be the first person you talk to or see if you reach out to our offices. Donna handles day-to-day administrative needs, as well as the logistics for many of the events produced by Department of Economic Development.

Donna also serves as the main contact point for Filming Permits in the City.

Email: dgoff@cityoffrederickmd.gov 
Phone: 301-600-6361