Tami Howie will step down as CEO of the Maryland Tech Council to become a partner at DLA Piper, the council announced.
As CEO, Howie oversaw the merger of the Technology Council of Maryland and the Chesapeake Regional Tech Council in 2017, bringing together an organization focused on biotech and an organization focused on cybersecurity, two of the state’s leading industries. The Maryland Tech Council has more than 450 members.
“I have been honored to serve as the CEO of the Maryland Tech Council and to be part of the team that has built it to what it is today,” Howie said in a statement. “I look forward to assisting the state of Maryland achieve its innovation objectives in my new role at DLA Piper.”
The tech council did not name a replacement for Howie, but said that it would assess the needs of the organization, relying on current staff to continue to carry out its purpose.
The council has two major divisions, MD Tech and Maryland Life Sciences.
“Under Tami’s leadership, we were able to accomplish several critical objectives, including unification of community constituents, heightened industry and regional visibility, and acceleration of our government relations agenda,” Rene B. LaVigne, chairman and president of the tech council, said in a statement. “The MTC Board of Directors supports Tami’s decision to return to practicing law. We thank her for her dedication and leadership, and we wish her all the best as she embarks on her next professional venture.”