November 10, 2022 / press release

RELEASE: Governor-Elect Wes Moore announces historically inclusive transition team led by Lieutenant Governor-Elect Aruna Miller


Contact: Carter Elliott, 434-942-4755,

Nov. 10, 2022

Governor-Elect Wes Moore announces historically inclusive transition team led by Lieutenant Governor-Elect Aruna Miller

“Our Transition will be the most engaged and inclusive in Maryland’s history,” says Governor-Elect Wes Moore

“I am proud to lead a Transition that will engage the entire state in shaping the future of Maryland,” says Lieutenant Governor-Elect Aruna Miller 

COLLEGE PARK, Md.  (Nov. 10, 2022) – Today, Governor-Elect Wes Moore and Lieutenant Governor-Elect Aruna Miller announced key details of the Moore-Miller Transition, which Miller will chair. 

“The Transition marks the beginning of our work to fulfill our ‘leave no one behind’ agenda,” said Governor-Elect Wes Moore. “With Aruna Miller leading this effort, I am confident that our Transition will engage the entire state to identify and elevate the very best ideas to guide our administration.”

Miller will chair the transition alongside Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, President of the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore Shelonda Stokes, campaign treasurer Mary Tydings, and former Howard County Executive Ken Ulman.

“I am proud to welcome County Executive Alsobrooks, Shelonda Stokes, Mary Tydings, and Ken Ulman as the co-chairs of the Transition,” said Lieutenant Governor-Elect Aruna Miller. “Throughout their lives, and careers, the Transition co-chairs represent a powerful commitment to uplift our communities and elevate the ideas that move us forward. In the coming months, we will work tirelessly to fight for all Marylanders as we tackle historic challenges and seize generational opportunity. I am honored to lead our Transition and am eager to get to work.”

The Transition Team will uplift leaders from across the entire state of Maryland who are committed to leaving no one behind.

Miller named Cleo Hirsch as the Director of the Moore-Miller Transition Team. Hirsch previously served as the Executive Director of COVID Response for Baltimore City Schools, keeping students, families, and communities safe and healthy throughout the pandemic.

“We are thrilled to welcome Cleo to the team to lead the most inclusive transition in Maryland history,” shared Lieutenant Governor-Elect Aruna Miller. “Throughout her career, Cleo has demonstrated a fierce commitment to engage and listen to the communities she serves. As Executive Director of the Moore-Miller Transition, Cleo will ensure that every Marylander who wants to is able to participate in the transition.” 

The transition also announced the launch of a transition website,; where every Marylander can submit an idea, join the transition policy committees as a member at large, and see upcoming events.

The Transition Team also announced members of the Steering Committee, which will help lead policy recommendations across government, alongside committees in key policy areas that will be announced in the coming days. 

The members of the Steering Committee are: 

Cheryl Bost, President, Maryland State Education Association

Eddie Brown & Sylvia Brown, Chairman, CEO and Founders at Brown Capital Management

Will Castleberry, Managing Partner, Foundry Ten

Michael Cryor, President, The Cryor Group

Sen. Addie Ekhardt, Republican representing District 37, Caroline, Dorchester, Talbot, & Wicomico Counties

Joe Gebhardt, Senior Attorney at The Law Offices of Gary M. Gilbert & Associates

Parris Glendening, Former Maryland Governor

Anwer Hasan, Senior Vice President, WSP USA Inc

Sen. Antonio Hayes, Democrat representing District 40, Baltimore City

Bishop Donte Hickman, Southern Baptist Church

Mayor Emily Keller, Hagerstown

Sen. Susan Lee, Democrat representing District 16, Montgomery County

Richard Marks, Chairman and CEO, Arbre Group Holding Corp

John McDonough, Former Maryland Secretary of State

Mayor Rick Meehan, Ocean City

Del. Joseline Peña-Melnyk, Democrat representing District 21, Anne Arundel & Prince George’s Counties

Don Mohler, President/CEO, Mohler Communication Strategies

Rachel Monroe, President & CEO, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation

Lissa Muscatine, Writer and Bookstore Owner, Politics and Prose Bookstore

Terri Roberts, Vice President, Onsite Retailers

Del. Stephanie Smith, District 45, Baltimore City

Kevin Sowers, President of the Johns Hopkins Health System; Executive Vice President of Johns Hopkins Medicine

Dr. Mohan Suntha, President and CEO of University of Maryland Medical System

Susie Turnbull, Nonprofit Leader

Rev. L.E. “Larry” Walker, Celebration Church at Columbia

John Willis, former MD Secretary of State, professor at University of Baltimore and author of Maryland Politics and Government


Wes Moore is the Governor-Elect of the State of Maryland. He is a U.S. Army combat veteran who led soldiers in combat with the 82nd Airborne Division, a Rhodes Scholar, former small business owner, and former CEO of one of the nation’s largest anti-poverty organizations. Learn more at