Jessica L. Reynolds
Senior Director of International Investment & Trade
Maryland Department of Commerce
As the Senior Director of International Investment and Trade for the Maryland Department of Commerce, Jessica L. Reynolds spends her days marketing Maryland as a place to do business in foreign markets. The job is especially challenging as Maryland, although an innovative state, is not as well known. However, Reynolds has successfully helped shape many foreign partnerships with the state of Maryland through hard work and finding common goals.
Reynolds has helped attract foreign direct investments to Maryland from Europe, Africa, India and the Middle East. She has also assisted Maryland-based companies in exporting to the same regions.
Prior to joining the Department of Commerce, Reynolds lead the local economic development practice at J.E. Austin Associates Inc., a firm that specializes in facilitating and supporting economic growth worldwide.
“My international background is interesting as it has ranged from consulting projects that allowed me to work with local people in villages around the world, to coordinating foreign missions for high-level government officials and CEOs. I continue to be thankful for the privilege of these opportunities, which would not have been possible without the assistance and support of many others,” Reynolds said.