[photo, Robert S. McCord, Maryland, Secretary of Planning] ROBERT S. McCORD, Esq.
Secretary of Planning, 2018-22
Acting Secretary of Planning, 2017-18

Secretary of Planning, April 10, 2018 to November 29, 2022. Resigned November 29, 2022. Acting Secretary of Planning, September 21, 2017 to April 10, 2018. Deputy Secretary of Planning, September 21, 2017 to April 10, 2018. Assistant Secretary of Operations, Department of Planning, 2015-17.

Member, Governor's Executive Council, 2017-22; Governor's Council on the Chesapeake Bay (Governor's Chesapeake Bay Cabinet), 2017-22. Vice-Chair, Smart Growth Subcabinet, 2017-22. Chair, Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, 2017-22; Maryland Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, 2017-22; Governor's Commission on Maryland Military Monuments, 2017-22. Board of Trustees, Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation, 2017-22. Member, Governor's Intergovernmental Commission for Agriculture, 2017-22; Baltimore Regional Transportation Board, 2017-22; Bay Restoration Fund Advisory Committee, 2017-22; Commission on Climate Change, 2017-22; Coast Smart Council, 2017-22; Critical Area Commission for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays, 2017-22; Interagency Disabilities Board, 2017-22; Maryland Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Council, 2017-19; Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities, 2017-22; Interagency Food Desert Advisory Committee, 2017-22; Maryland Green Building Council, 2017-22; State Highway Access Valuation Board, 2017-22; State Coordinating Committee for Human Services Transportation, 2017-22; Advisory Committee for the Jefferson Patterson Historical Park and Museum, 2017-22; Maryland Military Installation Council, 2017-22; Council on Open Data, 2017-22; Patuxent River Commission, 2017-22; Principals' Staff Committee for Chesapeake Executive Council, 2017-22; Rural Legacy Board, 2017-22; Scenic and Wild Rivers Review Board, 2017-22; Interagency Committee on School Construction, 2017-18; Interdepartmental Advisory Committee on Small, Minority, and Women Business Affairs, 2017-22; Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission, 2017-20; Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland, 2017-22; Task Force on the Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority, 2018-19, 2020-22; Complete Streets Program Regulations Work Group, 2018-22; Interagency Commission on School Construction, 2018-22; Maryland Opportunity Zone Leadership Task Force, 2019. Chair, Adaptive Reuse of Historic Properties Study Steering Committee, 2019-20. Member, Maryland Complete Count Committee, 2019-20; Governor's Task Force on Renewable Energy Development and Siting, 2019-20; 2020 Census Grant Program Panel, 2019-20; Maryland Zero Emission Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Council, 2019-22; Work Group on Adaptive Reuse of Vacant Commercial Spaces, 2021-22; Historic St. Mary’s City Fort to 400 Commission, 2021-22; Maryland Semiquincentennial Commission, 2021-22.

Director of Administration, Harford County, 2022-.

County Attorney, Harford County, 2004-14 (deputy county attorney, 1998-2004). Acting Director, Governmental and Community Relations, Harford County, 2001.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland. Loyola College, B.A. (business administration & philosophy), 1983, M.B.A. (marketing), 1985; University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1989 (heuisler honor society, law review, international law moot court team). Law clerk to Judge Cypert O. Whitfill, Harford County Circuit Court, 1989-90. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1989; U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, 1990; U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, 1998; U.S. Supreme Court, 2000. Attorney, Leaf & Mahoney, P.A., 1990-98. Adjunct professor, University of Baltimore School of Law, 1990-. Member, American Bar Association, Maryland State Bar Association; Harford County Bar Association. Member, International Municipal Lawyers Association; Maryland Association of County Civil Attorneys (president, 2008-14). Married; two children.

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