[photo, Sharon R. Pinder, Special Secretary of Minority Affairs] SHARON R. PINDER
Special Secretary of Minority Affairs

Special Secretary of Minority Affairs, October 1, 2004 to May 3, 2007. Director, Office of Minority Affairs, January 15, 2003 to September 30, 2004.

Executive Director, Governor's Commission on Minority Business Reform, 2003. Chair, Interdepartmental Advisory Committee for Minority Affairs, 2003-07. Member, Task Force to Study Efficiency in Procurement, 2003; Governor's Executive Council, 2003-07. Chair, Governor's Task Force on Centralized Bidder Registration for Minority Business Procurement, 2004-05. Chair, Governor's Council for Historically Underutilized Businesses, 2004-07; Procurement Advisory Council, 2005-07.

Sharon R. Pinder, Special Secretary of Minority Affairs, January 2003. Photo by Richard Lippenholz.

Board of Directors, Mayor's Technology Advisory Committee, Baltimore City, 2002. Board of Visitors, University of Maryland University College, 2002-. Director, Office of Minority and Women-Owned Business Development, Baltimore City, 2012-15. Member, Mayor's Council on Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises, Baltimore City, 2012-15. Board of Directors, Baltimore Development Corporation, 2012-.

Member, Governor-elect's Transition Team, 2014-15; Maryland Small Business Development Financing Authority, 2018-.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland. University of Maryland University College, M.S. (technology management), 2001. Assistant Vice-President, Baltimore Federal Financial, 1987-88. Manager, Development Center, Travelers Insurance, 1988-91. Manager, 1991-94, and Internet Development Manager, 1994-96, General Electric Information Systems. Vice-President, MYCOM Group, Inc., 1996-97. Senior Vice-President, MYCOM Mid-Atlantic, 1997-2000. President, Early Morning Software, Inc., 2001-02. President & Chief Executive Officer, The Pinder Group, LLC, 2007-12. President and Chief Executive Officer, Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council, 2015-. Director, Baltimore Marketing Association, 1994-96. Member, Maryland/District of Columbia Minority Supplier Development Council, 1997-2000. Board of Directors, Woodholme Foundation, Inc., 1997-. Member, Technology Committee, Maryland Roundtable for Education, 1998-2000; Technology Council of Maryland, 1998-2002; Executive Committee, High Tech Council of Maryland, Inc., Howard County, 1998-2002. Board of Directors, Maryland Committee for Children, Inc., 1998-; Associated Black Charities, Inc., 1998-; Leadership Maryland, Inc., 1999-. Board of Directors, Humanim, Inc., 2004-. Executive Board, Maryland Women’s Heritage Center. Minority Supplier of the Year, Maryland/District of Columbia Minority Supplier Development Council, 1998. Outstanding Leader of the Year, Leadership Maryland, Inc., 2002. Techno Raising Star, Department of Business and Economic Development, 2002. Maryland's Top 100 Women, Daily Record, 2002, 2005, 2007 (Circle of Excellence). Award of Excellence, Maryland Women for Responsive Government, 2003. Distinguished Service Award, Black Professional Women, 2004. Business Women of Color Award of the Year, Maryland/District of Columbia Minority Supplier Development Council, 2004. Distinguished Alumnae of the Year, University of Maryland University College, 2004. Small Business Advocate Award, Asian-American Business Roundtable, 2005. Senator Carol Mosby Award, National Black Chamber of Commerce, 2006. Business Advocate Award, Women of Influence, 2007, 2009. Top 25 Female Executives, SmartCEO, 2008. Distinguished Women Award, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, 2010. Raymond V. Haysbert Business Award, Greater Baltimore Urban League, 2012. Business Hall of Fame, Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce, 2012. Advocate of the Year, Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council, 2013. 50 Women to Watch, Baltimore Sun Magazine, 2014.

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