Stephen D. Harlan, managing partner at the national accounting firm of Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co., just took over as president of the Metropolitan Washington Board of Trade, emphasizing his commitment to local community involvement by business leaders.

In his "inaugural" address last week, Harlan outlined the board's plans for the coming year in the areas of "jobs and solid employment, political action, education, transportation and small business."

The board will continue to work with the Washington Personnel Association in sponsoring counseling sessions for riffed federal employes who are attempting to make a transition to the private sector, which Harlan said employs more than three-fourths of the work force in this area.

In the field of education, Harlan stressed the board's commitment to providing on-the-job training opportunities for participants in the new D.C. career high school program.

In outlining political issues of importance to the business community, Harlan noted that the board would be examining which candidates will be the recipients of funds from its political action committees.

Harlan stressed the board's support of Metro, adding that highway maintenance and taxi rates will also be the subjects of study by the board.

Small business owners, Harlan said, will be invited to attend "an ongoing series of seminars and workshops, which will focus on cost-saving and educational issues directly related to (them.)"