Governor–elect O’Malley Announces Hitchcock, Bryce Appointments

Brown Announces Chief of Staff, Deputy COS, and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs

BALTIMORE – Governor-Elect Martin O’Malley announced today the appointment Jeanne D. Hitchcock as Secretary of Appointments for the State of Maryland and Joseph C. Bryce as Senior Policy and Legislative Advisor for the Governor’s Office. Lieutenant Governor-Elect Anthony Brown also announced key positions within the Lt. Governor’s Office, including Gerard “Jerry” Boden as his Chief of Staff.

“The primary goal of the transition process is to build a highly competent and professional state government,” said Governor-Elect Martin O’Malley. “Today, with the appointments of Jeanne Hitchcock and Joe Bryce we are another step closer to making Maryland’s government work again for the people of our State.”

Jeanne Hitchcock currently serves as Deputy Mayor for Intergovernmental Relations for Mayor O’Malley. As Deputy Mayor, she serves as Baltimore City’s chief lobbyist with the Baltimore City Council, the Maryland State Legislature and the United States Congress. Ms. Hitchcock also oversees the Baltimore City Public School System and the Baltimore City Health Department. Prior to joining the O’Malley Administration, Hitchcock served as Chief Operating Officer for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. She joined the NAACP in 1996 from Southland Corporation, owner and operator of 7-Eleven stores worldwide, where she served as Director of Urban Market Development. Before joining Southland, Hitchcock was managing partner for Fugett and Hitchcock, a Baltimore-based law firm specializing in government relations, lobbying, and corporate law.

“Jeanne Hitchcock has been one of my closest and trusted advisors in the City of Baltimore, and I look forward to her continued guidance as we work to make Maryland’s government more accountable and more efficient,” stated O’Malley.

Joseph Bryce is currently the Associate Vice Chancellor for Government Relations at the University System of Maryland, serving as chief lobbyist for the University System and principal advisor to USM Chancellor William E. "Brit" Kirwan, the USM institution presidents, the System vice chancellors and the USM Board of Regents on matters related to governmental relations and public affairs policies. Bryce played a key role in implementing and developing strategies for USM’s state-supported budget in excess of $2.2 billion. Prior to joining USM, Bryce served as Chief Legislative Office in the Glendening Administration.

“I cannot praise Joseph Bryce enough for the extraordinary job he has done as the system’s associate vice chancellor for government relations over the past four years,” said William E. Kirwan, USM chancellor. “Thanks to Joe’s tremendous analytical skills, his remarkable ability to build trust with all constituencies, his integrity, and his ability to articulate the system’s priorities and needs, the USM has never been better positioned with our state leaders. While the USM community will miss him sorely, we are confident that in his new position with Governor-Elect Martin O’Malley’s team, Joe will play a critical role in advancing our state. Our loss is the state’s gain!”

“This is an incredible opportunity to be a part of moving our State in the right direction," said Bryce. "I look forward to working under the leadership of Governor-Elect O'Malley and Lieutenant-Governor-Elect Anthony Brown.”

Bryce will travel to San Antonio, Texas on Thursday, December 7 to receive the 2006 Edwin Crawford Award for Innovation. The award is presented annually by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), and the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC).

Lieutenant Governor-Elect Anthony Brown also announced key positions with the Lieutenant Governor’s Office. Brown announced his long-time friend and advisor Gerard “Jerry” Boden as his Chief of Staff, Earl Adams, Jr. as his Deputy Chief of Staff and Dawn Flythe as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs.

“I am honored that Jerry has agreed to serve as my Chief of Staff and be a part of the O’Malley-Brown Administration,” said Lieutenant Governor-Elect Anthony Brown. “I look forward to working with Jerry, Earl and Dawn to begin moving our state forward again under Martin O’Malley’s leadership.”

Jerry Boden comes from the private sector, most recently serving as Director of Operations for Greater Maryland Dental Partners in Clarksville, Maryland. Boden has extensive experience team building, financial management and customer service. Boden is a graduate the United States Military Academy where he received his BS in Engineering Management. He also has a MBA in Operations Management from Georgetown University. Boden spent five years on active duty as an officer in the United State Army.

Earl Adams, Jr. is a life-long resident of Prince George's County and a graduate of the public school system. He holds a law degree from Boston College Law School, a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Earl began his legal career as an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of the international law firm Hogan & Hartson L.L.P, and currently works for the law firm of Shipley & Horne, P.A. in Largo, Maryland, where his practice focuses on advising and representing clients in business transactions, labor and employment law matters, and land use/zoning and development deals.

Dawn Flythe most recently served as Deputy Campaign Manager for the O’Malley-Brown Campaign and Chief of Staff for Anthony Brown. Prior to joining the campaign, Flythe served as Director of Economic Development for B&W Solutions, Inc., where she worked to broker the deal to launch the First Annual Prince George’s Classic at FedEx Field.

Prior to joining B&W Solutions, Inc., Flythe served as Senior Policy Advisor for Women Work and Family under former Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and went on to serve as Prince George’s County Field Director for Townsend’s 2002 gubernatorial campaign, where she helped produce a record breaking voter turnout in the County in 2002.

Source: O'Malley Transition Team

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