[photo, Kevin M. Atticks, Secretary of Agriculture] KEVIN M. ATTICKS, D.C.D., Secretary of Agriculture

Secretary of Agriculture since March 2, 2023. Acting Secretary of Agriculture, January 18 to March 2, 2023.

Member, Governor's Executive Council, 2023-; Governor's Council on the Chesapeake Bay (Governor's Chesapeake Bay Cabinet), 2023-; Governor's Subcabinet for International Affairs, 2023-; Smart Growth Subcabinet, 2023-. Chair, Governor's Intergovernmental Commission for Agriculture, 2023-; Animal Waste Technology Fund Advisory Committee, 2023-; Phosphorus Management Tool Transition Advisory Committee, 2023-; Renewable Fuels Incentive Board, 2023-. Member, Board of Regents, University System of Maryland, 2023-.

Board of Directors, Maryland Agricultural and Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation, 2023-. Member, Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Board, 2023-; Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation, 2023-; Bay Restoration Fund Advisory Committee, 2023-; Cannabis Public Health Advisory Council, 2023-; Chesapeake Bay Trust, 2023-; Critical Area Commission for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays, 2023-; State Children's Environmental Health and Protection Advisory Council, 2023-; Commission on Climate Change, 2023-; Maryland Food Center Authority, 2023-; Maryland Efficient Grant Application Council, 2023-; Maryland Commission on Health Equity, 2023-; Maryland Horse Industry Board, 2023-; Invasive Plants Advisory Committee, 2023-; Council on Open Data, 2023-; Pesticide Advisory Committee, 2023-; Rural Legacy Board, 2023-; Rural Maryland Council, 2023-; Scenic and Wild Rivers Review Board, 2023-; Seafood Marketing Advisory Commission, 2023-; Interdepartmental Advisory Committee on Small, Minority, and Women Business Affairs, 2023-; State Soil Conservation Committee, 2023-; Spay/Neuter Advisory Board, 2023-.

Born in Prince George's County, Maryland, 1975. Attended St. Mary's High School, Annapolis, Maryland; Loyola University Maryland, B.A. (journalism), 1997; University of Colorado, M.A., 1998; University of Baltimore, D.C.D. (communications design), 2002. Founder, Grow & Fortify. Past executive director, Brewers Association of Maryland; Maryland Distillers Guild; Maryland Wineries Association. Past member, Board of Directors, Future Harvest; Maryland Tourism Coalition. Past president, Maryland Agricultural Resource Council. Past chair, Advisory Council, WineAmerica State and Regional Association. Adjunct faculty, Loyola University Maryland.

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