November 17, 2022 / press release

RELEASE: Lieutenant Governor-Elect Aruna Miller announces two new Steering Committee members and Transition Policy Executive Committee Co-Chairs


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Nov. 17, 2022

Lieutenant Governor-Elect Aruna Miller announces two new Steering Committee members and Transition Policy Executive Committee Co-Chairs

“Today, I’m proud to announce two new Steering Committee members and a list of Transition Policy Executive Committee Co-Chairs who will help us to boldly, and swiftly, create a Maryland where no one is left behind,” says Lieutenant Governor-Elect Miller

BALTIMORE (Nov. 17, 2022) — Today, Lieutenant Governor-Elect Aruna Miller announced two new Steering Committee members. She also announced the Transition Policy Committee Co-Chairs – an inclusive and innovative group of leaders that will guide major policy decisions of the administration in the coming months.

Miller named Montgomery County Councilmember Will Jawando and Joe Gaskins, Co-Chairman of the Maryland Business-Clergy Partnership, as Steering Committee members. 

“Today, I’m proud to welcome two new Steering Committee members. Our transition leaders will help us to boldly and swiftly create a Maryland where ‘no one is left behind,” said Lieutenant Governor-Elect Aruna Miller.

“Councilman Jawando and Joe Gaskins are critical additions to our transition team. We have so much work to do together to ensure that this is Maryland’s decade. I look forward to working closely with Councilman Jawando and Joe Gaskins, and our entire transition team, to lay the foundation for a stronger, healthier, and wealthier Maryland.”

Miller also appointed the Transition Policy Committee Co-Chairs. 

“I’m also so incredibly excited to announce that we have appointed our transition policy co-chairs, an incredibly diverse and experienced team that will lead us in our mission to create a stronger, more inclusive Maryland,” said Lieutenant Governor-Elect Aruna Miller. “This team has deep expertise, an incredible diversity of professional and lived experiences, and a demonstrated commitment to serving all Marylanders. Their work will actualize a strong policy agenda that will ensure every Marylander has the opportunity to thrive.”

The co-chairs will lead nine policy committees with 208 members, hailing from all corners of our state and representing the great diversity Maryland has to offer. We are excited that over 900 at-large members have already signed up to engage with our policy committees in this critical work, as part of our historically inclusive transition process. Gov.-Elect Wes Moore and Lt. Gov.-Elect Aruna Miller have been consistently clear — the people closest to the challenges are closest to the solutions. We’re excited that so many Marylanders are rolling up their sleeves to engage in these critical policy issues to make a better Maryland together. 

If you are interested in joining the team or sharing your policy ideas with our co-chairs, please visit:

Below is the list of Transition Policy Executive Committee Co-Chairs: 

Education Executive Policy Committee Co-Chairs

  • Dr. Charlene Mickens Dukes was the first female President of Prince George’s Community College and former President of the Maryland State Board of Education
  • Dr. Jennifer M. Lynch is the Director of Educational Partnership at the Office of the Baltimore County Executive and a Member of the Blueprint Accountability and Implementation Board
  • Dr. Richard H. Warren, Jr. is a Hazel Professor of Education at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore, and 2019 Maryland State Teacher of the Year

Climate and Environment Executive Policy Committee Co-Chairs

  • Ed Hatcher is the Founder and Senior Consultant of The Hatcher Group and co-editor of the Chesapeake Bay Action Plan blog
  • Dr. Sacoby Wilson is the Director of the University of Maryland, College Park School of Public Health’s Center for Community Engagement, Environmental Justice and Health
  • Kim Coble is the Executive Director of the Maryland League of Conservation Voters

Transportation Executive Policy Committee Co-Chairs

  • Debra F. Carter is the former Assistant Secretary to the Maryland Department of Transportation
  • Joe McAndrew is the Vice President of Government Affairs and Infrastructure for the Greater Washington Partnership
  • John D. Porcari is the former United States Deputy Secretary of Transportation and Port Envoy to the White House Supply Chin Disruptions Task Force, serving under both the Obama and Biden Administrations

Unlocking Opportunity Executive Policy Committee Co-Chairs

  • Joseph T. Jones, Jr. is the Founder, President, and CEO of the Center for Urban Families
  • Rachel London, Esq. is the Executive Director of the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council

Public Safety Executive Policy Committee Co-Chairs

  • Chief Joshua L. Fannon, Esq. is the Battalion Chief with the Baltimore City Fire Department and President of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 964 – Baltimore Fire Officers
  • Ganesha Martin is the former Director of the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice and current Vice President of Public Policy and Community Affairs for Mark43
  • Lt. Steven Thomas is the Anne Arundel County Crisis Intervention Team Law Enforcement Coordinator and the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation Critical Incident Stress Management Team Coordinator

Jobs and Workforce Development Executive Policy Committee Co-Chairs

  • Talib Horne is the Baltimore Civic Site Director at the Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Gustavo Torres is the Executive Director of CASA DE MARYLAND
  • Christy Wyskiel is the Senior Advisor to the President of Johns Hopkins University for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Housing Executive Policy Committee Co-Chairs

  • Miranda Darden-Willems is the Executive Director for the Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition
  • Ruth Ann Norton is the President and CEO of the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative

Growing Maryland’s Competitiveness Executive Policy Committee Co-Chairs

  • Patrice King Brickman is a Member of the Board for Ascend at the Aspin Institute and is the Founder and Managing Director of Inspire Capital, LLC
  • James H. Degraffenreidt, Jr. is the former Chairman of the Maryland State Board of Education and former Chairman of the Board and CEO of WGL Holdings, Inc., the parent company of Washington Gas

Health Care Executive Policy Committee Co-Chairs

  • Lisa Brown is the Executive Vice President of 1199 Service Employees International Union for the Maryland and D.C. region
  • Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein is the former Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health


Aruna Miller is the Lieutenant Governor-Elect of the State of Maryland. She is an accomplished civil and transportation engineer, former executive director of Indian American Impact, and a former state legislator who championed STEM education, small businesses, working families, survivors of domestic abuse, and the environment.