FREDERICK, MD (October 24, 2022) – The Maryland Tech Council (MTC), the largest technology and life sciences trade association in the state, has named the Honorable Kelly M. Schulz, a former cybersecurity small business partner, state legislator, and two-time state cabinet secretary, as its new CEO.
As Secretary of the Maryland Department of Commerce from 2019 to 2021, Schulz oversaw the state’s primary economic development agency, responsible for attracting new businesses, promoting innovation, and accelerating job growth. Under her leadership, the department served as the largest resource to provide financial assistance to struggling Maryland companies adversely impacted by COVID-19. She previously served as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor from 2015 to 2018. During her tenure, Maryland’s apprenticeship program grew to its highest level since 2008, with more than 10,000 apprentices statewide and received national recognition as one of America’s top programs.
Schulz was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates representing Frederick County in 2010 and again in 2014. As a Delegate, she focused on legislation relating to business, banking, finance, economic development, and more. Prior to entering public service, Schulz served as program manager for a defense contractor and then became a partner in opening a cybersecurity firm. Schulz, who was a candidate for governor in 2022, lives in Frederick, Maryland with her husband.
Schulz succeeds Marty Rosendale, who has chosen to step down after four successful years as CEO.