ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Martin O’Malley today announced Leonard Howie as Maryland’s Secretary of Labor, Licensing & Regulation. Mr. Howie previously served as Deputy Secretary for Operations at the Department of Human Resources (DHR) since November 2011.
“There’s nothing more important for a family than a good job, and there is no better way to expand opportunity, to grow our economy, and to strengthen and grow the ranks of an increasingly diverse and upwardly-mobile middle class than by creating jobs,” said Governor O’Malley. “We are confident in Leonard’s ability to connect Marylanders with the jobs and skills they need to compete. His belief in the strength of our State’s economy, and his expertise helping Marylanders navigate our safety net during tough times will serve the people of our State well. Under his leadership, Maryland will continue to grow and expand our highly-skilled, highly-educated workforce so our State can compete and win in the New Economy.”
“I’d like to thank Governor O’Malley for the opportunity to connect Marylanders with the type of skills development programs that will prepare them to contribute to the security of their and our economic future,” said Mr. Howie. “Working with the State’s safety net programs during my tenure at DHR has provided unique and important insight into what can happen when there aren’t enough jobs or when people do not have the skill sets that match the jobs that are available. I look forward to continue working in this Administration and giving Marylanders the skills they need to compete during our economic recovery.”
The Governor added, “I’d also like to thank Interim Secretary Scott Jensen for his outstanding work during this transition. His insight into our knowledge-based economy has been a tremendous asset to our Administration.”
Prior to joining DHR, Mr. Howie spent four and half years as the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation (DLLR) Deputy Secretary where he worked with previous secretaries Tom Perez and Alexander Sanchez to implement critical departmental initiatives. Mr. Howie has worked extensively within every facet of DLLR’s core programs, especially those related to Workforce Development and Adult Education.
Most recently, he served as an attorney with the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education; as the Program Evaluations Director for the Maryland Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office; and as a Senior Consultant with the Ethics Resource Center, Inc. – a Washington, D.C.-based provider of business ethics training and consulting for Fortune 500 corporations and governmental agencies. Mr. Howie also held positions as adjunct faculty and program advisor at the University of the District of Columbia.
A resident of College Park, Mr. Howie is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He completed both his Master of Business Administration and his Juris Doctorate at Georgetown University. He began his career as an Infantry Officer in the United States Marine Corps.
Leonard Howie will rejoin DLLR as Secretary on October 8, 2012.