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The Chamber's subject matter committees bring a wealth of expertise and experience to the Chamber's legislative efforts. These committees help guide the Chamber's agenda for subjects ranging from health care to civil liability and business law. Join a committee now or call (410) 269-0642 for more information.

Civil Liability Committee

Helps preserve Maryland's fair and predictable laws governing tort liability as an essential part of Maryland’s business climate.

Chair: Jack Andryszak, Law Office of John Andryszak
Staff: Larry Richardson


Employment Committee

Works in partnership with employers, legislators, State agency officials (such as DLLR and the Workers’ Compensation Commission), independent research groups, and other stakeholders on wage and pay, unemployment insurance, employee benefits, workers’ compensation, discrimination, collective bargaining agreements/union-management issues, and other employment issues for the purpose of advocating positive legislative and regulatory outcomes on behalf of the business community.

Co-Chairs: Fiona Ong, Shawe & Rosenthal LLP; Craig Ballew, Ferguson, Schetelich & Ballew
Staff: Rich Reinhardt

Sub Committees

  • Unemployment Insurance & Workers' Compensation (Chair: Nancy Courson, Dirksa & Levin, LLC./Staff: Larry Richardson)
  • Education (Chair: Vacant/Staff: Larry Richardson)

Energy and Environment Committee

Works in partnership with employers, legislators, State environment officials, and other environmental stakeholders on air, water, and land resource legislation/regulations that foster both a competitive business-friendly environment with a healthy quality of life for all Marylanders.

Co-Chairs: John Quinn of Constellation Energy Group (BGE, An Exelon Company)
Staff: Rich Reinhardt

Sub Committees (ad hoc)

  • Air Quality/Energy
  • Waste Management and Pollution Prevention
  • Land Use and Natural Resources
  • Water Quality

Finance Committee

Reviews financial and audit materials of the Chamber and works with staff to ensure sound financial management practices.

Chair: Stephen Woerner, BGE, An Exelon Company
Staff: Kelly Thompson Clark


Health Care Committee

Works with employers, legislators, regulators and health care providers to improve Maryland’s current market-based health care system to control costs and improve access for those who cannot afford coverage.

Chair: Deborah Rivkin, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
Staff: Larry Richardson


Legislative Committee

By invitation only, meets weekly during the General Assembly session to develop positions on legislation affecting the business community. When the General Assembly is not in session, the committee meets periodically to monitor events that are of importance and develops strategies for the legislative session.

Chair: Tom Dennison, SMECO
Vice Chair: Mindy Lehman, MD Bankers Association
Staff: Larry Richardson


Membership Committee

Establishes new and retained membership goals and develops strategic plans, including membership campaigns, to achieve them. Also develops membership services, benefits and events to meet member needs and interests.

Chair: Mark R. Cissell, CPA
Staff: Monica Beeman


Tax Policy Committee

Works to strengthen the state’s competitive tax climate to help attract and retain businesses, workers, and investment.

Chair: Herman Rosenthal of Whiteford, Taylor & Preston
Vice Chair: Karen Syrylo of The Altus Group
Staff: Larry Richardson


Transportation Committee

Coordinates a broad-based coalition of businesses, trade groups, and associations to advance balanced short and long-term solutions to state-wide transportation and transit needs.

Chair: Ragina Averella, AAA Mid-Atlantic
Vice Chair: Louis Campion of MD Motor Trucks Association
Staff: Rich Reinhardt

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