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Luwanda Jenkins

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Luwanda Walker Jenkins
Special Secretary of Minority Affairs
In office
GovernorMartin O'Malley
Director, Office of Minority Affairs
In office
GovernorParris Glendening
Director, Office of Minority Affairs
In office
GovernorWilliam Donald Schaefer
Personal details
Born (1962-03-18) March 18, 1962 (age 58)
Baltimore, Maryland
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Bryant Jenkins
ResidenceOwings Mills, Maryland
Alma materTowson State University
Johns Hopkins University

Luwanda Jenkins is an American business executive and politician who has served in the administrations of three Maryland governors. In February 2018, Rich Madaleno, candidate for the Democratic nomination for Maryland Governor in the 2018 election, announced the selection of Jenkins as his running mate.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Jenkins was born in Baltimore in 1962 and raised in Forest Park.[2] She graduated from Western High School.[2] She earned a bachelor's degree in mass communications from Towson State University in 1983 and a master's degree in administrative science from Johns Hopkins University in 1990.[3]


State government[edit]

Jenkins served as Marketing Manager for the Tourism Development Office of Maryland's Department of Economic and Employment Development (now the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development) from 1988 to 1994.[4]

From 1994 to 1997, under governors William Shaefer and Parris Glendening, Jenkins directed the Governor's Office of Minority Affairs, where she played a key role in the passage of Maryland's 1995 Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) law.[4] Maryland has since been recognized by the National Association of Securities Professionals for exemplary MBE legislation.[5] In 2007, Jenkins was appointed Special Secretary of Minority Affairs by Governor Martin O'Malley; for the next five years, she worked to strengthen Maryland's minority- and women-owned businesses.[4]

In 2012 she became Assistant Chief of Staff to the President of Coppin State University, becoming Chief of Staff in 2013. In 2015 she became the university's Associate Vice-President of Government Relations.[3]

Private sector[edit]

Jenkins is the chief operating officer for The LEADERship, a program of the Greater Baltimore Committee.[1] Her previous executive positions have included Vice-President for Community Relations and Diversity at The Cordish Companies (2016-2017), Community Relations Manager at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield of Maryland (2002-2007), and Director of Community Affairs for the Baltimore Sun (1997-2002).[3]


She is a member of the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers, Jack and Jill of America, the Advisory Board of the Towson University School of Mass Communication, the Community Investment Advisory Board of the United Way of Central Maryland,[4] the Community Relations Committee of the National Aquarium, and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women. She formerly served on the boards of Women Entrepreneurs of Baltimore and Junior Achievement of Central Maryland.[3]

Personal life[edit]

She lives in Owings Mills, Maryland, with her husband and two children.[4]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 1996: Maryland's Top 100 Women, The Daily Record[3][6]
  • 1999: Distinguished Black Marylander Award, Towson University[3]
  • 1999: Publisher's Award, Baltimore Sun[3]
  • 2001: Maryland's Top 100 Women, The Daily Record[3][7]
  • 2010: Influential Marylanders, The Daily Record[3][8]
  • 2011: Maryland's Top 100 Women, The Daily Record[3][9]

See also[edit]

  • Maryland gubernatorial election, 2018


  1. 1.0 1.1 Wiggins, Ovetta (February 19, 2018). "Madaleno's running mate: Luwanda Jenkins, business executive and former O'Malley appointee". The Washington Post.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Bentley, James (2016-03-16). "Luwanda Jenkins Joins Cordish Companies in Diversity Role". Afro. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 "Luwanda Walker Jenkins". State of Maryland. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 "Press Release - Office of the Governor: Governor O'Malley Announces New Special Secretary of Minority Affairs" (PDF). State of Maryland. May 3, 2007. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  5. Brown, Nadia E. (2014). Sisters in the Statehouse: Black Women and Legislative Decision Making. Oxford University Press. p. 81. ISBN 9780199352432. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  6. "1996 Winners". The Daily Record. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  7. "2001 Winners". The Daily Record. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  8. "2010 Influential Marylanders". The Daily Record. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  9. "2011 Winners". The Daily Record. Retrieved February 19, 2018.

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