Dana M. Jones, Chair (chosen by Governor), 2002

Appointed by Governor: Virginia Hughes Anderson; Barbara Blount Armstrong; Robert W. Boyd, Jr.; Joy Swanson Ernst, Ph.D.; Alma Roberts; Jeff-Neal Singer; Malinda B. Small; Harold A. Smith; Laura Wickless.

Appointed by Senate President: Gloria G. Lawlah

Appointed by House Speaker: Elizabeth Bobo

Ex officio: Aris Melissaratos, Secretary of Business & Economic Development; Arlene H. Stephenson, Acting Secretary of Health & Mental Hygiene; Victor L. Hoskins, Secretary of Housing & Community Development; Christopher J. McCabe, Secretary of Human Resources; Audrey E. Scott, Secretary of Planning; Mary Ann Saar, Secretary of Public Safety & Correctional Services; Bonnie A. Kirkland, Esq., Secretary of Children, Youth, & Families.

Contact: Gregory D. Shupe

c/o Office of Transitional Services
Community Services Administration
Dept. of Human Resources
311 West Saratoga St., Baltimore, MD 21201 - 3521
(410) 767-7340

Authorized in July 2001, the Governor created the Governor's Commission to Study Poverty in Maryland in December 2001 (Executive Order 01.01.2001.08). The Commission reviewed definitions of poverty, determined the degree to which poverty exists in Maryland, and evaluated its root causes. The Commission also evaluated the correlation between poverty and crime, job loss, and academic performance; assessed poverty's effect on neighborhoods and businesses; and considered the need for, and availability of, resources with which to address the needs of poor Marylanders.

The Commission reported to the Governor in May 2003.

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