DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

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FORMER SECRETARIES


[photo, Christian S. Johansson, Maryland Secretary of Business & Economic Development] CHRISTIAN S. JOHANSSON
Secretary of Business & Economic Development, 2009-13
Acting Secretary of Business & Economic Development, 2009

Secretary of Business and Economic Development, April 9, 2009 to January 25, 2013. Acting Secretary of Business and Economic Development, January 30 to April 9, 2009. Member, Governor's Executive Council, 2009-13; Governor's Subcabinet for International Affairs, 2009-13; Smart Growth Subcabinet, 2009-13.

Member, Small Business Task Force, 2009; Maryland Business Tax Reform Commission, 2009-10; Maryland Clean Car and Energy Policy Task Force, 2009-10; Maryland Rural Broadband Coordination Board, 2009-10; Base Realignment and Closure Subcabinet, 2009-11.



Chair, Maryland Military Installation Council, 2009-13. Member, Maryland Council for New Americans, 2009-10. Board of Directors, Maryland Agricultural and Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation, 2009-13. Member, Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Board, 2009-13; Governor's Intergovernmental Commission for Agriculture, 2009-13; Maryland Aviation Commission, 2009-13. Board of Directors, Bainbridge Development Corporation, 2009-13. Member, Climate Change Commission, 2009-13; Critical Area Commission for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays, 2009-13; Interagency Disabilities Board, 2009-13; Maryland Economic Development Assistance Authority, 2009-13; Maryland Economic Development Commission, 2009-13; Education and Workforce Training Coordinating Council for Correctional Institutions, 2009-13; Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, 2009-13; State Highway Access Valuation Board, 2009-13; Governor's Commission on Hispanic Affairs, 2009-13; Governor's Interagency Council on Homelessness, 2009-13; Maryland Industrial Development Financing Authority, 2009-13; Board of Advisors, Institute of Human Virology, 2009-13. Member, Maryland Life Sciences Advisory Board, 2009-13; Maryland Advisory Commission on Manufacturing Competitiveness, 2009-13; Maryland Integrated Map Executive Committee, 2009-13; Interdepartmental Advisory Committee for Minority Affairs, 2009-13. Board of Directors, PenMar Development Corporation, 2009-13. Member, Maryland Port Commission, 2009-13; P-20 Leadership Council of Maryland, 2009-13; Renewable Fuels Incentive Board, 2009-13; Rural Maryland Council, 2009-13; Maryland Small Business Development Financing Authority, 2009-13; Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland, 2009-13; State Center Executive Committee, 2009-13. Board of Directors, Maryland Technology Development Corporation, 2009-13. Member, Maryland Wine and Grape Promotion Council, 2009-13; Governor's Workforce Investment Board, 2009-13 (executive committee, 2009-13). Board of Directors, Maryland Workforce Corporation, 2009-13. Chair, Maryland Green Jobs and Industry Task Force, 2010; Highway Access Permit Stakeholder Review Group, 2010. Member, Task Force to Study Nanobiotechnology, 2010-11; Blue Ribbon Commission on Maryland Transportation Funding, 2010-12; Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities, 2010-13; Federal Facilities Advisory Board, 2010-13; Maryland Green Purchasing Committee, 2010-13; Governor's Commission on Small Business, 2010-13; Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission, 2010-13; Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, 2010-13 (development & sponsor relations advisory committee); Governor’s Warrior to Worker Council, 2010-13; Maryland Commission on Cybersecurity Innovation and Excellence, 2011-13; Maryland Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Council, 2011-13; Animal Waste Technology Fund Advisory Committee, 2012-13; Maryland Innovation Initiative, 2012-13.

Co-Chair, Business and Economic Development Work Group, Governor-elect's Transition Team, 2006.

Advisor to President-elect Obama's Transition Team, 2008-09. Member, President-elect Obama's Executive Committee for Urban and Metropolitan Policy, 2008-09.

Member, Work Group on the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, 2019-20.

Born in Mölndal, Sweden, May 9, 1972. Attended Creighton Preparatory School, Omaha, Nebraska; Brown University, B.A. (biology), 1995; Harvard Business School, M.B.A., 2002. Co-founder and Principal, Dola Health Systems, 1995-98. Co-Founder & co-chief executive officer, Inka.net, 1999-2001. Senior Consultant, Sag Harbor Group, 2002-03. President and chief executive officer, Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, 2003-08 (board of directors, 2009-13). Managing Director, Continental Equity, 2008-09. Board of Directors, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, 2009-13. Maryland Public Policy Conflict Resolution Fellow, Center for Dispute Resolution, University of Maryland School of Law, 2010. President, Laureate Partners, Laureate Education, Inc., 2013-. Board of Directors, Hippodrome Foundation, Inc.; BB&T Metro Area Advisory Board; Greater Baltimore Committee Leadership Program. Board of Visitors, University of Maryland Baltimore County. 40 under 40, Baltimore Business Journal, 2003. Very Important Professionals List, Daily Record, 2010. Innovator of the Year, Daily Record, 2010.

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