Moore was inaugurated as Maryland’s 63rd Governor. On the day prior to inauguration, Moore announced the appointment of nine different members to his cabinet.
Among his appointments were Carol Beatty as Secretary of Disabilities and Mayor Jake Day as Secretary of Housing & Community Development. The Moore-Aruna Miller Administration will feature the most diverse cabinet in the history of Maryland.
Beatty was originally appointed to her position by Gov. Hogan in 2015. She brings over 35 years of experience as an executive in disability advocacy. As Secretary of Disabilities, she helped expand opportunities for Marylanders with disabilities to work and live in communities of their choice. She previously served as the Executive Director of The Arc of Howard County, a private, non-profit organization that provides advocacy and support services for more than 750 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. In this role, she managed a $13 million budget and 300 employees and was responsible for advocacy efforts on behalf of individuals and their families on a county, state, and national level.
“We are delighted that Carol Beatty has been reappointed as the Secretary of Disabilities,” said Maryland Inclusive Housing Executive Director Tim Wiens. “She has already done a great deal to help those with disabilities in our state. We are looking forward to working with her and Gov. Moore to make housing more accessible and affordable for Marylanders with disabilities.”
Prior to his appointment, Jake Day has served as the 28th Mayor of Salisbury, Md. His tenure as Mayor is marked by a resurgent Downtown, including nearly $650 million in new construction, the establishment of two youth community centers, and the creation of a permanent supportive housing program—Housing First—to address chronic homelessness. Before becoming Mayor, Jake’s work focused on revitalizing downtowns and small towns, making them more vibrant, livable places. He worked for the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, most recently as Director of the Center for Towns, utilizing design, planning, and implementation assistance to establish vibrant, sustainable small cities and towns.
“Mayor Day’s experience in the world of housing and community development will served the state well in his new role in the cabinet,” said Wiens. “We look forward to working with him and his team in our continued efforts to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, successfully access and maintain inclusive, affordable and accessible housing, we look forward to working with him and his team.”
“With each announcement, we continue to build a Cabinet that reflects the state we are humbled to serve,” said Moore. “These leaders bring with them great knowledge and deep expertise. This is going to be Maryland’s decade, and our team will lead with service in their hearts.”