Before newly elected Gov. Wes Moore nominated Helene Grady as his budget secretary, she was vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer at Johns Hopkins University for 2 1/2 years, managing the school’s financial functions and overseeing the investment program for Johns Hopkins’ endowment and other assets.
Before that, Grady served for nearly eight years as Johns Hopkins’ vice president for planning and budget, heading the university’s budget office.
Grady also has experience in the public sector, having worked for five years as deputy director of finance for Baltimore and, before that, as Philadelphia’s assistant and then deputy budget director.
“From helping implement a historic expansion of financial aid to steering us through the unprecedented fiscal challenges of the pandemic, Helene’s leadership at Johns Hopkins over the last dozen years has been indispensable,” Johns Hopkins President Ron Daniels said in an article on her appointment in the Hub, the school’s online newspaper. “She has been a treasured colleague, and I’m so glad that the people of Maryland will now all get to benefit from her talent, dedication and expertise.”
Grady also has served as vice chairperson of the board for the College Savings Plans of Maryland and as a member of the Maryland Health Care Commission.
She graduated magna cum laude from LaSalle University in Philadelphia and earned a Master’s in Public Policy in 1996 from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.