Office of Appointments

​​​On behalf of the governor, the Appointments Office recruits and appoints Marylanders to more than 600 boards and commissions.

Boards and commissions are largely volunteer leadership bodies that guide policy, operations and vital programs that impact all Marylanders— but who work largely under the public radar. These are the public servants who issue licenses to doctors, architects and amusement park operators; who set training standards for police, teachers and 911 responders; who make sure that all Marylanders can access the arts; who safeguard and promote our state’s African American heritage; who set economic development policy and oversee government efforts to attract and retain businesses. Our office gives every Marylander the opportunity to serve.

The Appointments Office is committed to recruiting the best and most representative talent to serve on Maryland’s 600 boards and commissions. 

A few things to know: 

  • ​​Each board has unique statutory requirements and seat availability.
  • Our team is working diligently to make appointments on a rolling basis.
  • While you may serve on just one board, you may apply to–and be considered for–as many as 10 different boards each year.
  • 20 new boards were created as a result of the 2023 legislative session.

​​Headshot of Secretary Tisha Edwards

Tisha Edwards


For 20-plus years, Tisha Edwards has combined the reach of public service and agility of the private sector to ensure all families have access to the resources and opportunities they need to succeed. Across government and corporate leadership roles, she has fused public policy, programmatic innovation and community engagement to remove the racial inequities that historically have prevented Black and Brown families—and youth in particular—from fulfilling their potential.

In roles spanning interim CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools, Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Baltimore, President of BridgeEdu and Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Children & Family Success, Edwards has grown organizations, restructured systems for maximum impact and managed multi-million-dollar budgets.

​ In fall 2021, she left City Hall to serve as Chief of Staff to the Maryland gubernatorial campaign of Wes Moore, who ran on a pledge to ensure an equal opportunity at success for all Maryland families. After winning the election, Governor Moore named Edwards his Secretary of Appointments and she now leads the work of making appointments to Maryland’s 600 boards and commissions—all while advancing the Moore-Miller Administration’s mandate to expand representativeness in state government and to leave no one in Maryland behind.