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Christian J. Miele, Esq.

Maryland Department of Disabilities
Deputy Secretary

miele-christian-1793Christian J. Miele has built a career around service to the people of Maryland.

As a delegate in the Maryland General Assembly from 2014 to 2019, Miele played a role in passing bills to help unemployed veterans re-enter the workforce, set standards for the care of animals in state-sponsored shelters, force doctors to disclose their lack of malpractice insurance to patients and fight bullying in Baltimore County Public Schools.

In his current role as deputy secretary of the Maryland Department of Disabilities, Miele, 38, helps serve Marylanders with disabilities by providing access to the workforce and to community living situations.

“I help people with disabilities unlock their full potential by advocating for policies that empower them to learn, to work and to live in an inclusive Maryland,” Miele said. “I don’t necessarily stand out from my peers, and that has never been my goal. What drives me is making sure that everyone in our society feels valued.”

For Miele, success is less about accolades and more about pursuing a greater purpose.
“Success, I believe, is to be found at the intersection of your passions and your life’s purpose,” he said. “If you can marry the two, your work will never feel like a job; it will become your mission.”

Miele is a charter member of the Baltimore County Lion’s Club, as well as a member of the Shriner’s, which builds hospitals for children with various conditions and accepts patients regardless of their ability to pay.

Born in Red Bank, New Jersey and a current resident of Nottingham, Miele received both his Bachelor and Master of Arts from Towson University and his Juris Doctor from the Emory University School of Law.

Miele made Emory University’s 40 Under Forty list in 2019 and was awarded the Dean’s Public Interest Award by the Emory University School of Law in 2014 and the North American Interfraternity Conference Award of Distinction in 2005.

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's 2019 VIP List awards. Information for this profile was sourced from the honoree's application for the award.