About the Secretary of Planning

Secretary Robert S. McCord

Portrait photo of Deputy Secretary Wendi W. Peters.

Secretary of Planning, since April 10, 2018.

Acting Secretary of Planning, September 21, 2017 to April 10, 2018.

Deputy Secretary of Planning since September 21, 2017.

Assistant Secretary of Operations, 2015 – 17.

Member, Governor's Executive Council, 2017; Governor's Council on the Chesapeake Bay (Governor's Chesapeake Bay Cabinet), 2017; BayStat Subcabinet, 2017. Vice-Chair, Smart Growth Subcabinet, 2017. Chair, Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, 2017; Maryland Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, 2017; Governor's Commission on Maryland Military Monuments, 2017. Board of Trustees, Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation, 2017. Member, Governor's Intergovernmental Commission for Agriculture, 2017; Baltimore Regional Transportation Board, 2017; Bay Restoration Fund Advisory Committee, 2017; Commission on Climate Change, 2017; Coast Smart Council, 2017; Critical Area Commission for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays, 2017; Interagency Disabilities Board, 2017; Maryland Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Council, 2017; Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities, 2017; Interagency Food Desert Advisory Committee, 2017; Maryland Green Building Council, 2017; State Coordinating Committee for Human Services Transportation, 2017; Advisory Committee for the Jefferson Patterson Historical Park and Museum, 2017; Maryland Military Installation Council, 2017; Interdepartmental Advisory Committee for Minority Affairs, 2017; Council on Open Data, 2017; Patuxent River Commission, 2017; Principals' Staff Committee for Chesapeake Executive Council, 2017; Rural Legacy Board, 2017; Scenic and Wild Rivers Review Board, 2017; Interagency Committee on School Construction, 2017; State Center Executive Committee, 2017; State Highway Access Valuation Board, 2017; Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission, 2017; Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland, 2017; Project Green Classrooms Initiative, 2017; Interdepartmental Advisory Committee on Small, Minority, and Women Business Affairs, 2017.

County Attorney, Harford County, 2004 – 14. Deputy County Attorney, 1998 – 2004. Acting Director of Governmental and Community Relations 2001.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland. Loyola University Maryland, B.A. (Business Administration and Philosophy), 1983; M.B.A. (Marketing), 1985; University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D. cum laude, 1989, (Heuisler Honor Society, Law Review, International Law Moot Court Team, Teaching Assistant). Law Clerk to Hon. Cypert Whitfill, Circuit Court for Harford County, 1989 – 90. Admitted to Court of Appeals of Maryland, 1989; U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland 1990; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit 1998; U.S. Supreme Court 2000; Attorney. Leaf & Mahoney, P.A., 1990 – 98. Adjunct Professor, University of Baltimore School of Law, 1990 - present. Member, International Municipal Lawyers Association. Member, American Bar Association. Member, Maryland State Bar Association (Past Chair, State and Local Government Section; Instructor – Civics and Law Academy). Harford County Bar Association (Past President, Technology Committee Co-Chair, Past Education Subcommittee Chair, DWI Mock Trial Program, Doctor/Lawyer Drug and Alcohol Education Program, Goldilocks Trial Program Volunteer Service Award 2001). Maryland Association of County Civil Attorneys (President 2008 – 14). Local Government Insurance Trust (Former Trustee and Claims Committee Chair). Harford County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team (Former Vice- Chair). Married; two children.