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Maryland Economic Development Commission

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The mission of the Maryland Economic Development Commission is to establish economic development policy in the State and to oversee Maryland Commerce's efforts to support the creation, attraction and retention of businesses and jobs. Founded in 1995, the 25 voting member Commission draws upon the expertise of the State's business leaders to inform ​State economic development efforts by providing a comprehensive evaluation of the State's business climate and recommending to the Governor the policies, programs and spending priorities needed.

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MEDC Group photo - March 2019 ​Maryland Economic Development Commission members met at FastForward U — Johns Hopkins University's hub for student entrepreneurship and innovation —on March 15, 2019. View archive MEDC photos on our Flickr page.


Anirban Basu,​ Chairman and CEO of the Sage Policy Group (SPG), is one of the Mid-Atlantic region's leading economic consultants. Prior to founding SPG he was Chairman a​nd CEO of Optimal Solutions Group, a company he co-founded and which continues to operate. Anirban has also served as Director of Applied Economics and Senior Economist for RESI. 

Mr. Basu has written several high-profile economic development strategies, including co-authoring economic development strategies for Baltimore City and Baltimore County, Maryland. He earned a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University, a Bachelors in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law.


  • Margaret Wood, Art.D.​ (Vice-Chair); President/CEO, WOOD Consulting Services, Inc.​
  • Kenneth R. Banks; President, CEO and Founder, Banks Contracting Company, Inc.
  • Howard Blackwell Bowen; CEO, Ewing Oil Company, Inc.​​
  • Scott Burger, CEO, Lolli and Pops
  • Ed Coleman; Board Member, CIOX Health​
  • Annemarie Dickerson; Owner, Francis Scott Key Family Resort
  • Kai Hirabayashi; Senior Manager of Public Policy, Amazon
  • Martin Knott; President, Knott Mechanical​, Inc.
  • Manish Kothari; President/CEO, Sheladia Associates, Inc.
  • Julie Lenzer; Associate Vice President, Economic Development, Co-Director, UM Ventures
  • Aris Melissaratos; Vice President of Corporate Education & Leadership Development, St. John Properties
  • Michael Miller, President, OGOS Energy, LLC
  • Laura Neuman; Entrepreneur
  • Jeanette Glose Partlow; President, Maryland Chemical Company, Inc.
  • Elizabeth Rendón-Sherman; CEO/CFO, LG-TEK
  • Robert L. Wallace; President and CEO, BITHGROUP Technologies
  • J. Blacklock Wills, Jr​.; Chairman, President and CEO of The Wills Group, Inc.

Ex-officio Members
  • Kelly M. Schulz, Secretary, Maryland Department of Commerce
  • Brian J. Feldman, Senate, District 15​, Montg​omery County
  • Brian Crosby, Delegate, District 29B, St. Mary's County
  • Tiffany Robinson, Secretary of Maryland Department of Labor
  • Robert Brennan, Executive Director of Maryland Economic Development Corporation (MEDCO)
  • Linda Singh, PhD, Executive Director/CEO Major General (retired), Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO)


Julie Woepke​, Executive Director
Maryland Economic Development Commission
Office of the Secretary
Maryland Department of Commerce​
​401 E. Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21202


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