Governor-elect Wes Moore has announced several key leadership positions for his incoming administration, tapping a number of local and state leaders.
Governor-elect Wes Moore announced on November 14 a series of new hires for top positions in his incoming administration. Thus far, Moore has sourced his personal network, local leaders, and legislative leaders to serve as his top advisors and confidants.
For the lead position of chief of staff, Moore has hired a fellow Baltimore social entrepreneur and long-time friend Fagan Harris, president and CEO of Baltimore Corps, a nonprofit employment and grant-making agency. Harris and Moore co-founded the organization a decade ago.
Harris currently serves as one of seven Blueprint Accountability and Implementation Board (AIB)
members. His term is up in July 2024, but it is unclear if he will need to step down as he assumes his role with the Moore administration.
Additionally, Moore has selected State House of Delegates Majority Leader Eric Luedtke (D-Montgomery) to become chief legislative officer. Luedtke, who represents District 14 in the legislature, has served as a state delegate since his first election in 2010 and as majority leader since 2019. His seat will likely be filled by the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee ahead of, or at the start of the 2023 legislative session.
Other key hires include:
- Helene Grady, vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer at Johns Hopkins University, will become secretary at the Department of Budget and Management;
- Tisha Edwards, a former top official at Baltimore City Hall who was the Moore campaign’s chief of staff, will become appointments secretary; and
- Amanda LaForge, an election lawyer and veteran of former Gov. Parris Glendening’s administration, will become chief counsel.
MACo and Maryland counties have enjoyed a strong relationship with Majority Leader Luedtke and look forward to continued partnership with the Moore-Miller administration.