MARYLAND COUNCIL FOR NEW AMERICANS


[photo, 301 West Preston St., Baltimore, Maryland] Co-Chair: Alexander M. Sanchez, Secretary of Labor, Licensing, & Regulation
Co-Chair: Isiah (Ike) Leggett, County Executive, Montgomery County

301 West Preston St., Baltimore, Maryland, March 2004. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


Appointed by Governor to 4-year terms: Earl El-Amin; Rev. Jamal Bryant; Jaime Conteras; William Couper; Michael Fix; Barbara L. Gradet; David P. Gray; Young-Chan Han; Lenneal J. Henderson, Jr., Ph.D.; Rev. Kerry Hill; Pastor John K. Jenkins, Sr.; Margaret Kim; Irene Lee; Walter Lee; Michael C. Lin, Ph.D.; Rev. Joseph L. Muth, Jr.; Pastor John Odukoya; Pastor Ghandi Olaoye; Jimmie W. Paschall; Pamela Paulk; Renee Samuels; Vinod K. Shah, M.D.; Jere Stocks; Gustavo Torres; Rabbi Stuart Weinblatt; Rev. Harlie Wilson; Pastor Jamila Woods-Jones; one vacancy. Terms expire 2012.

Appointed by Senate President: Joan Carter Conway; Richard S. Madaleno, Jr.

Appointed by House Speaker: Nicholaus R. Kipke; Susan C. Lee.

Ex officio: Christian S. Johansson, Secretary of Business & Economic Development; Raymond A. Skinner, Secretary of Housing & Community Development; Brenda Donald, Secretary of Human Resources; Richard E. Hall, Secretary of Planning; Luwanda Walker Jenkins, Special Secretary of Minority Affairs; Israel C. (Izzy) Patoka, Executive Director, Governor's Office of Community Initiatives; Eric M. Seleznow, Executive Director, Governor's Workforce Investment Board; Mary Brown Scott, Chair, Commission on African-American History & Culture; Jane T. Nishida, Chair, Governor's Commission on Asian-Pacific American Affairs; Yolanda Maria Welch, Chair, Governor's Commission on Hispanic Affairs; Auriel A. Fenwick, Chair, Commission on Indian Affairs; Anwer Hasan, Chair, Governor's Commission on Middle-Eastern American Affairs.

Staff: Iman Awad

c/o Governor's Office of Community Initiatives
301 West Preston St., Suite 1500, Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 767-7925
e-mail: iman.awad@maryland.gov

Functions of the Maryland Council for New Americans originated with the Maryland Refugee Advisory Council formed within the Department of Human Resources in 1980. The Council reformed within the Department in 1994 as the Maryland Advisory Council for New Americans (Executive Order 01.01.1994.26). In December 2008, the Governor established the Maryland Council for New Americans as a unit separate from the Department (Executive Order 01.01.2008.18).

To promote the full integration of immigrants into the economic and civic life of Maryland, the Council reviewed and made recommendations concerning current practices and policies to expedite integration of immigrants into Maryland society.

The Council was a partnership between public, private and civic sectors. Besides its membership, the Council had an executive committee and four working groups.

In 2010, the Council last met.


EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Ex officio: Christian S. Johansson, designee of Secretary of Business & Economic Development; Richard E. Hall, Secretary of Planning; Israel C. (Izzy) Patoka, Executive Director, Governor's Office of Community Initiatives; Lynn M. Selby, Executive Director, Governor's Workforce Investment Board.

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