Montgomery Board of Elections Names New Acting Director, Deputy Director

Montgomery County Board of Elections Board President Nahid Khozeimeh named Alysoun McLaughlin as acting director and Janet Ross as acting deputy director.

Montgomery County Board of Elections Acting Director Alysoun McLaughlin

McLaughlin, who has served as the Board’s deputy director since 2012, fills the role vacated by former Director Margaret Jurgensen, who retired after more than 20 years of service.

“I am pleased to announce that since Election Director Jurgensen’s retirement effective January 1, 2022, Alysoun McLaughlin has been serving as the acting director of the Board of Elections, and Janet Ross has been serving as the acting deputy director. The Board wishes Margaret well in her retirement and has great confidence in Alysoun and Janet to fill these roles as we continue to prepare for the upcoming Primary,” said Board President Khozeimeh.

Alysoun McLaughlin began her career as a nonpartisan lobbyist for the National Association of Counties (NACo) and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). She also managed election initiatives at the Pew Center on the States before joining the team in Montgomery County, and she helped implement omnibus election reform legislation at the District of Columbia Board of Elections.

McLaughlin is a former vice president of the Maryland Association of Election Officials (MAEO). Currently, She serves as co-chair of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ Election Officials’ Technical Committee and as Chair of the Board of Advisors to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

Janet Ross is a tested administrator with significant experience leading large and complex organizations. Before joining the Board of Elections in 2007 as the lead election worker trainer, and her promotion to IIT manager in 2013, Janet had a distinguished 28-year career with Verizon Information Services. She also managed the City of Rockville’s 2011 municipal election and assisted with its transition to vote-by-mail.

Visit the Montgomery County Board of Elections website for more information.