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John A. Olszewski Jr.


olszewski-jr-john-1116As county executive for Baltimore County, John A. Olszewski Jr. has focused on improving education and making government more transparent and accountable.

With a passion for public service and the desire to give back to the community, the lifelong Baltimore County resident served two terms in the Maryland House of Delegates. He became the youngest person to be elected as chairman of the Baltimore County House Delegation.

Before his election to the top county position two years ago, Olszewski worked in the private sector at SAS Institute.

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career?

Strong relationships are fundamental to success. Building relationships requires operating with honesty and openness, leading with listening, and incorporating feedback from others. I anchor my work in cultivating relationships with our residents. We strive to be transparent about challenges, and we invite everyone to the table to help address them.

What’s been your biggest success?

As a former teacher, I am reluctant to post a grade before a test is over, but Baltimore County’s COVID-19 response is our biggest success and most significant ongoing challenge. We run testing, contact tracing and vaccination programs that serve hundreds of thousands of residents, and we do it efficiently. We provided $20 million in business grants and $10 million for eviction prevention and we delivered more than 13 million meals to residents. Looking forward, we will pivot to leading the post-COVID economic recovery.

This profile is part of The Daily Record's Power 100 list for 2021. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. See the full list at or in our digital edition.