Pamela O. Nkwantabisah (Land Use Planner)

"I am committed to leaving a lasting impact by actively contributing and tirelessly working towards the creation of sustainable and inclusive communities where people and businesses can thrive and prosper."


Pamela is a dedicated land use planner with a strong educational background and diverse professional experience.

Pamela’s professional journey began as National Service Personnel at the Lands Commission Surveying and Mapping Division in Accra, Ghana. There she assisted in land survey and demarcation of land for various land use purposes. She utilized software like AutoCAD, QGIS, ArcGIS to prepare site plans, digitize and analyze maps, and review GIS data for accuracy.

Pamela’s passion for urban planning extends beyond her home country, as evidenced by her year long experience with the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission — Montgomery County Planning Department in Wheaton. She began as a Planning Intern II in the Upcounty Division, where she actively participated in community outreach efforts. Pamela assisted in visioning workshops and facilitated the Fairland and Briggs Chaney Photo Contest. She also created informative maps, designed posters and directional signs, and shared Montgomery County resources with residents of Fairland and Briggs Chaney through follow-up communication.

Building on her internship experience, Pamela progressed to become a Graduate Assistant with the Midcounty Division, playing a pivotal role in the Great Seneca Plan: Connecting Life  and Science community engagement efforts, spearheading the collection and analysis of data from partnering organizations. Pamela utilized qualitative software NVIVO to conduct data analysis and presented the results to the Planning Board and the community.

Additionally, Pamela made significant contributions to the Wheaton Downtown study and the Great Seneca Plan by managing and updating 3D models in ArcGIS, Illustrating existing buildings and new developments in the Wheaton Plan area. She also prepared staff reports, created graphical educational materials on sustainability and played a key role in organizing the Fairland and Biggs Chaney Placemaking Festival.

In addition to her technical skills, Pamela possesses a wide range of software proficiencies, including Esri ArcMap, QGIS, ArcGIS, Google SketchUp, AutoCAD, NVIVO, Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Her attention to detail and organizational skills have consistently contributed to the success of her projects.

She holds a Master of Community Planning degree from the University of Maryland-College Park, where she gained a comprehensive understanding of various planning concepts and methodologies.

Prior to her master’s program, Pamela was awarded a Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship and completed her Bachelor of Science in Geography at the University of Pécs in Pécs, Hungary. Her undergraduate studies provided her with a solid foundation in community development, project planning and management, GIS and regional policies.

Professional Affiliations

American Planning Association
APA National Capital Area Chapter


  • University of Maryland-College Park, Master of Community Planning, 2023
  • University of Pecs, Pecs, Hungary, B.S., Geography, 2020

Honors and Awards

Samuel LeFrak Award, 2023
Deans Matching Scholarship, 2022
Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship, 2017-2020