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Nancy Minieri to Retire

Mar 18, 2013 10:10PM ● By Anonymous


Under her guidance, Leadership Maryland has become the state’s premier leadership development program, with more than 900 people having graduated from its year-long course. Dozens of prominent Marylanders are alums, including elected officials, cabinet members, business executives, educators, and non-profit directors. 

“My husband and I have decided to move on to the next chapter in our lives,” Minieri said.  It has been an incredible journey, and I have mixed emotions about retirement, but we are looking forward to exploring our next great adventure.”

There were 30 graduates of the inaugural Class of 1993.  That class developed a state wide economic development strategy that was adopted by the State and implemented by Jim Brady, who was appointed Secretary of the Maryland’s Department of Business and Economic Development.

The program steadily grew to its current size of 52 members. Its success spurred many similar county and regional leadership programs, and several graduates went on to found similar programs and organizations in Southern Maryland and Cumberland.  Minieri also helped North Carolina establish its own leadership program that was modeled on Maryland’s.

A 10-member search committee, comprised of past chairs and current officers of the Leadership Maryland Board of Directors, will lead the search for Minieri’s successor.  Past Chair Henry Posko, a member of the inaugural Class of 1993, will chair the Search Committee.  The job will be posted at .  The committee expects to have the successor named in September 2013, to ensure a smooth transition.

“We have been very fortunate to have Nancy’s steadfast guidance and dedication to Leadership Maryland for many years, and we are grateful to have benefitted from this program,” said Ralph W. Emerson, M&T Bank Senior Vice President and Leadership Maryland’s Chairman of the Board, and a 2003 graduate of the program. “We also appreciate the time she has given us for a smooth transition, and we will move forward with the intention to select another outstanding leader to continue our reputation of excellence.”

For the past 20 years, Leadership Maryland has identified leaders in the state and provided a yearlong program that presents and discusses the current issues, challenges, and opportunities facing the state and its diverse regions.  By being better informed about these varied, interconnected and often conflicting key issues, Leadership Maryland graduates are prepared and encouraged to accept critical leadership positions. All Leadership Maryland members serve the non-profit community in some volunteer capacity, such as board membership, task forces, and committees.  For more information, visit