Maryland Commerce Appoints Heather Gramm as New Assistant Secretary
BALTIMORE, MD (January 26, 2022) — The Maryland Department of Commerce today announced that Heather Gramm has been named the new Assistant Secretary of the Department’s Commercial and Industrial Sector Development Division. In her new role, Gramm will oversee the job creation-focused team, which focuses on assisting, retaining and attracting businesses statewide.
She will also oversee several other divisions within the agency, including the Office of Financial Programs; Strategic industries and entrepreneurship; Investment and international trade; and Military and Federal Affairs. Gramm takes over this role from Signe Pringle, who was appointed assistant secretary early 2021.
“Heather Gramm has always been a team player, both during her time at Maryland Commerce and while working for our partners in Frederick County,” Maryland Commerce Secretary Mike Gill said. “We are thrilled to have her leading our business development efforts and know that she will do a fantastic job helping to grow Maryland’s business community.”
Gramm has over 20 years of municipal, county and state economic development experience in a variety of roles including business development, community development and downtown revitalization. She previously worked for the agency from 2013 to 2017 as Director of Regional Growth and Retention, then returned to Maryland Commerce in 2019 as Senior Director of Strategic Industries and Entrepreneurship.
Outside of state government, Gramm served as deputy director of the Frederick County Office of Economic Development, overseeing the county’s business development efforts, including business attraction, retention and expansion, small and minority development strategies, as well as the development of the industrial sector in the county. targeted sectors. She began her career with the Economic Development Department for the City of Frederick.
“I am honored to continue serving the residents and businesses of Maryland in my new role as Assistant Secretary. I am passionate about the work we do in economic development, creating job opportunities for our residents, attracting investment to our communities, and fostering an environment for entrepreneurs and businesses to thrive. small businesses,” Gramm said. “I am committed to carrying out our mission to provide assistance to local Maryland businesses as well as promoting our unparalleled strengths and resources that truly make Maryland a great place to do business.”
A resident of Frederick County, Gramm earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Hood College and earned Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) certification through the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). She also served as President of the Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA) from 2019 to 2021 and remains a member of the Board of Directors.