Kelly M. Schulz
Maryland Department of Commerce
Kelly M. Schulz said she’s making a seamless transition into her new position as Maryland’s Secretary of Commerce. Gov. Larry Hogan appointed Schulz, the former Secretary of the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (DLLR), in December.
“Moving into any new role requires a good amount of listening, learning and planning,” she said. “We don’t discuss problems or challenges, we discuss opportunities. Building a team takes time, but without the perfect team, our vision cannot be realized.”
Schulz, a former member of the Maryland House of Delegates from Frederick County, led DLLR from February 2015 to the end of 2018, managing 2,000 employees and an operating budget of more than $375 million.\
While at DLLR, she said her proudest accomplishment was guiding Maryland’s youth apprenticeship program as it grew to more than 10,000 apprentices statewide, the most since 2008.
“Building a team at DLLR that worked with me to make apprenticeships a known commodity in the state was significant to me,” Schulz said. “We brought the idea of an alternative path to a successful professional career into every household and educated people, and as a result, for the first time, Maryland has a statewide youth apprenticeship program that directly connects students with real jobs that lead to a lifetime of economic and personal growth.”