Assistant Chief Administrative Officer
Montgomery County, Maryland
Lily Qi grew up in communist China and came to America by herself, learning English along the way and working several jobs.
Today, she is a leader in Montgomery County government and led the establishment of two public-private partnerships to make the county more attractive to businesses and talent. She oversaw the development of the county’s Comprehensive Economic Strategy and business portal.
She has also revamped the county’s language access program and is a champion for cultural competency in regards to limited English proficiency. She is the chair of the Governor’s Commission for Asian American Affairs.