The Greater Cumberland Committee Names New Executive Director

Last Updated on Nov 30, 2018 at 10:37am | Garrett County Economic Development

The Greater Cumberland Committee is pleased to announce that local attorney, Jennifer M. Walsh, Esquire has been named the new Executive Director.  Born and raised in New Mexico, Jennifer graduated with honors from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2001. Following law school, she served as a Law Clerk for Justice Joseph Baca at the New Mexico Supreme Court in Santa Fe, New Mexico and then for Judge Hiram Puig-Lugo at the District of Columbia Superior Court in Washington, D.C.  Jennifer worked as a Legislative Assistant at the United States Senate for former US Senator, Jeff Bingaman, before moving to Cumberland in late 2003.  Jennifer has been practicing law in Cumberland since 2004 and will continue practicing law part time.  Jennifer is a member of the Allegany County Bar Association and has served on numerous Board of Directors, including the Allegany Law Foundation, Beginnings Montessori School, and the Cumberland Cultural Foundation, C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Arts.
 
TGCC’s Chairman, Bill Meagher, shared that “he is thrilled to have someone as capable and energetic as Jennifer to lead our organization going forward.  We believe she is the absolute right person for this position and are excited for the years to come under her stewardship.”

Jennifer is excited to have been recruited by TGCC. This is a unique moment in the organization’s history and Jennifer is looking forward to working with the Executive Board and membership to articulate a coherent strategy, including identifying new issues and initiatives targeted for special attention.  “I am excited about the opportunity this position presents to help move our region forward from an economic development perspective and look forward to working with the members, business leaders, government officials, other non-profit organizations and citizens to shape strategies that will have a positive impact on the growth of the region.”

Jennifer plans to use the next ninety days to meet with the organization’s members, evaluate and integrate the findings of the I-68 Regional Economic Partnership Study and to work with the Executive Board and members to establish Work Groups focused on priority areas, including population growth, infrastructure development, education and workforce development, entrepreneurship and innovation and targeted industry clusters, including manufacturing, healthcare, professional services, information technology, sciences, tourism, and others, with the goal of creating a 2019-2020 Work Plan which will be published to the public in early Spring 2019.