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Secretary Dominick E. Murray has been an integral part of Governor O’Malley’s business development and job growth team for more than 10 years, having led Baltimore City’s economic development efforts during the Governor’s tenure as Mayor of Baltimore. In that role, Dominick streamlined the City’s development and permitting processes, facilitated inter-agency communication on development issues and acted as a business community ombudsman for the Mayor’s office.
Dominick joined DBED in 2007 and served as the Department’s Deputy Secretary from 2009 to early 2013. He led the agency’s regional development team and offered critical assistance to Maryland’s local economic development offices and businesses. Dominick also designed and implemented DBED’s participation in the Governor’s Delivery Unit, which works with agencies to help them align state and federal resources around 15 strategic and visionary goals the Governor has outlined to improve the quality of life in Maryland. He has served on critical technology and business development boards, including the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Technology Council, the Maryland Aviation Administration board, the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission and the Governor’s Workforce Investment board.
A Michigan native who earned a BA from the University of Detroit, Dominick brings to the position significant private sector experience and perspective. He spent more than a decade in integrated logistics support, technical training and technical writing at Westinghouse and Chrysler, followed by senior management and sales positions at GE Capital and CBS Radio, as well as at small companies like O/E Mid-Atlantic, G1440 and ARIS Corp. His public service also includes membership on the boards of the Johns Hopkins Diabetes Center and the UMBC Cooperative Education Office.
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As Deputy Secretary, Bob directs the day-to-day operations of the Department working with the Assistant Secretaries and Managing Directors. In addition, he has oversight of Policy and Government Affairs, Performance Management, the Governor’s international missions and correlated foreign policy issues. He previously served as Chief Operating Officer, Assistant Secretary for Business & Enterprise Development and Managing Director for International Investment and Trade.
Nationally recognized for his expertise in foreign trade, agriculture and public service, Bob was previously Anne Arundel County's Chief Administrative Officer, a Diplomat for USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service in Russia and Ukraine, and Secretary of the Maryland Department of Agriculture. He has consulted for The World Bank, USAID, OECD, OICD and other international organizations focused on agriculture, policy and rural development in the former Soviet Union, Central Asia and Africa.
Prior to joining state government, Bob worked as Vice-President at Esskay, a regional food processor once located in Baltimore. He has had extensive civic and community service including Chair of the Maryland State Board of Elections, President of the Baltimore City School Board, and Regent of the UMD System. He is also a Senior Fellow at the National Center for Food and Agriculture Policy in Washington, DC. Bob has a B.A. in Political Science from Towson University.
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Tourism, Film & The Arts
Hannah leads the Division of Tourism, Film & the Arts with more than 25 years of combined professional experience in the U.S. Congress, as well as state and local governments in Maryland and North Carolina.
Prior to joining the Agency, Hannah was the founding Director of the Baltimore City Office of Promotion and the Arts' Division of Film, Video and Television, where she helped lead Baltimore to Moviemaker Magazine's Top Ten List in '05 and '06.
Experienced in managing multi-million dollar budgets and intergovernmental funding strategies, she previously served as Executive Director of the Office of Tourism and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Division of Tourism, Film & the Arts. She received a BA from Boston University and is certified by George Washington University as a Tourism Destination Marketing professional.
Acting Assistant Secretary,
Marketing & Communications
Sherri Diehl has been named the Acting Assistant Secretary for Marketing & Communications. More details to follow.
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Business & Enterprise Development
Ursula offers more than 30 years of managerial experience in real estate, finance and economic development, with a history of operational leadership. Ms. Powidzki’s career has spanned privately held firms, a not-for-profit organization and the public sector.
Prior to joining DBED, Ursula was a senior manager with MuniMae (MMA), a publicly held commercial real estate finance company. Her role there included portfolio management and investor relations, and she played a leading role in creating the business infrastructure for a $220M equity fund investing in the South African housing market.
Ursula was the COO for Himmelrich Associates and directed marketing for a high-end commercial millwork and fixtures company. She was also the managing director of the Baltimore Advisors, staffed USAID economic development contracts in Poland, and was senior vice president of the Baltimore Development Corporation. Ursula has a B.A. from Brown University in Urban Studies and has completed executive MBA coursework at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.