January 17, 2023 – Rebecca Flora will be serving the residents of Maryland as Secretary of Planning under Governor Wes Moore. Read about this appointment and other members of Governor Moore’s cabinet team in the recent press release.

Due to this honored public service appointment, ReMake Group (Rebecca) will no longer be accepting clients and business operations will be discontinued. This web site will remain active for public information purposes only for citizens of Maryland to learn more about the experiences of Secretary, Maryland Department of Planning.

ReMAKE group was led solely by Rebecca L. Flora, a transformative leader and doer who shapes built and organizational systems into positive contributors to the growth of sustainable societies. Services were customized for each situation and roles varied widely from trusted advisor to project manager to technical expert. ReMAKE’s work often began with identifying common stakeholder values that served as trail markers for each unique journey toward creating a resource positive world for future generations to inherit, embrace and steward.  

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Finding the best path forward is not easy.

Our society no longer has the luxury of time or reserves for do-overs, we need collaborative leadership that guides with an “all hands on deck” approach. All resources must be valued and optimized to tackle the impacts of climate change, unprecedented market disruptors and social injustices being experienced by our human and natural eco-systems.

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Getting it right the first time around is not easy. Plans and programs intended to benefit society and regenerate natural systems are complex with multiple and sometime competing objectives to be achieved from limited resources. There are many pitfalls that may derail or reduce project outcomes even further than the ever-present limitations of tight budgets and human resistance to change.  Balancing all concerns within the situational realities of deadlines, policy barriers and capacity shortages often gravitates project teams down the path of least resistance while leaving behind missed opportunities and voices unheard.

ReMAKE works with you to shape positive outcomes.

Rebecca L. Flora, ReMAKE’s founder, is a respected leader well-known for asking the tough questions, giving voice to those unheard, and her willingness to take a harder path to achieve better results. Rebecca utilizes her well-honed management skills to create efficient systems and form collaborative alliances that bring talent, perspective and voices to the table that will ensure you are on the right path from the beginning. Rebecca brings hands-on, seasoned experience to help you avoid pitfalls and achieve tangible outcomes with lasting value.

L-R: State Rep. Costa, Councilman O’Connor, Rev. Tim Smith, George Thomas, Mayor Peduto, County Executive Fitzgerald
Photo credit: Ernie Sota

Rebecca worked with the site owners (Almono) to rename the Almono site to Hazelwood Green and the newly built street to Hazelwood Avenue. These actions officially connected the former steel mill redevelopment site to its surrounding neighborhood. The announcement was made as part of a large community “Big Tent” event organized by ReMAKE with community organizations in 2017 to open the site and kick-off design of the first public space on the site.


Rebecca has tackled a wide range of project types. Seasoned leadership, quality management systems and hands-on experience working in diverse settings provide a unique blend of expertise applicable to multiple project types and needs.

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Carter Farm Agrihood

ReMAKE was a co-founder of this project providing early visionary and technical sustainability and planning expertise during the early predevelopment stage. Rebecca ended her affiliation with the project in January, 2023.


ReMAKE Group has served real estate developers, community-based organizations, and investors who seek greater returns from the remaking of sites, buildings, and communities.


Rebecca and the organizations that she was leading at the time have received multiple national and local awards that recognize contributions to society or a professional. Go to CV for a complete listing and details.

American Planning Association
Sustainable Communities Division
2020 Excellence in Sustainability Award

AIA Pennsylvania
Architecture Excellence Awards 2019
Contribution to the Profession by a Non-Architect

Greater Hazelwood Community Collaborative
Acknowledgement for Service, 2019

2019 Advocate of the Year

Carnegie Science Center
2009 Environmental Award

AIA Pittsburgh
2009 Leadership Award

City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Service Award for Promoting Sustainability in Pittsburgh
December 9, 2008 proclaimed as “Rebecca Flora Day” by Pittsburgh City Council

“I had the pleasure of working with Rebecca on a number of initiatives and was consistently impressed with her leadership, no-nonsense attitude and communication to cut through noise and get to the point. She built a strong culture of professional yet personal relationships with everyone around, that showed through in all her interactions.”



In January 2023, Rebecca was appointed by Maryland State Governor Wes Moore as the Secretary of Planning. In this role, she will serve Maryland residents to create communities that are sustainable where all have the opportunity to thrive. Read about Governor Moore’s appointment in the recent press release.

Rebecca will no longer be accepting work through ReMake Group, or otherwise, to provide a full-time focus and commitment to her public service assignment.

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Are you interested in learning more about sustainable societies? What built and natural systems are influencing the livability and wellness of your community? Do you need help bringing new voices to the table and hearing their interests?

Contact me through the Maryland Department of Planning.

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