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Meet the Executive Branch Staff

Matt Power

Chief Administrative Officer
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Office of the County Executive

Arundel Center
44 Calvert Street
Annapolis , MD 21401
410-222-2875

Before his promotion to Chief Administrative Officer, Matt Power first joined the Pittman administration as the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Land Use in Anne Arundel County. He also played a lead coordinating role in the County’s COVID 19 response.  Previously Mr. Power served as the Vice President for government relations for the Maryland Independent College and University Association. In that role he served as the primary lobbyist for higher education issues in Annapolis. He managed the association’s business affiliate program and led numerous consortium initiatives to drive down costs for member institutions.  
 
Mr. Power was appointed by Governor Martin O’Malley as the Director of StateStat in 2013. StateStat is a performance measurement and managerial process that made state government more efficient and accountable. In this role, Mr. Power chaired weekly meetings with Cabinet Secretaries and agency leadership to analyze agency performance, track priority initiatives, and question standard operating procedures. Agency data was carefully analyzed by a team of StateStat analysts, performance trends were closely monitored, and strategies to achieve improved performance were developed through a series of meetings designed to ensure relentless follow-up and reassessment. Throughout his career, Mr. Power has been a strong advocate for transparency and open data initiatives throughout Maryland.  

 

Kai Boggess-de Bruin, PhD

Chief of Staff
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Office of the County Executive

Arundel Center
44 Calvert Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
Kai Boggess-de Bruin first joined the administration as the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Health and Human Services.  Kai is passionate about improving programs and ensuring all residents can easily access services when they are needed the most. Throughout her career, Kai has been a strong advocate for building the capacity of human services organizations to use data to inform decision making and performance improvement. Kai’s diverse background has included human services and information technology in the private, non-profit, and government sectors. Previously, Kai served as the Assistant Director of Quality Assurance and Compliance for the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services where she was responsible for overseeing performance management, corrective action planning, data analysis and reporting, and change management for all department programs. She also worked as the Director of Technical and Strategic Services for a technology firm, Obverse, Inc. and was the Director of Operations for a child placement agency. Kai holds a PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Capella University and a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Regis University.  
 

Pamela A. Jordan

Deputy Chief Administrative Officer of Health and Human Services

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Office of the County Executive

Arundel Center
44 Calvert Street
Annapolis, MD 21401

Pamela Jordan is a seasoned professional in government policy and communications with expertise in daily and emergency communications, policy, management and accountability in Anne Arundel County.

She currently serves as the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Health and Human Services having formerly served as the Director of the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities, a position she has held since 2011.  She brings to this position over 40 years of experience in service to the public in policy and public information positions in several major Anne Arundel County Government departments.  
 

 

Lori Rhodes

Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Land Use
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Office of the County Executive

Arundel Center
44 Calvert Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
Before her promotion to Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Land Use, Lori Rhodes served as an Assistant Planning and Zoning Officer in the Office of Planning and Zoning. She spearheaded most zoning and land use legislation. She is known throughout county government as a dynamic leader and has extensive knowledge of state and county zoning and land use regulations.    
 

Chris Trumbauer

Director of Policy and Communications
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Office of the County Executive

Arundel Center
44 Calvert Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
Chris Trumbauer leads communications and policy for the county executive's office. He is a former two-term Anne Arundel county councilmember, representing District 6 (Greater Annapolis). Over the course of his career, Chris has held senior positions in government, the nonprofit arena and the private sector. He was a vice president at a local communications firm and before that was the executive director of a county nonprofit environmental organization. He began his career as a biologist with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. During his time as a county councilmember, he served on Maryland's Critical Area Commission and was a member of the Maryland Association of Counties legislative committee.
 

Peter Baron

Director of Government Relations
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Office of the County Executive

Arundel Center
44 Calvert Street
Annapolis, MD 21401

Peter Baron, Esq., brings nearly 20 years of experience in Maryland local and state government and politics. He is a former legislative director for both the Maryland Hospital Association and the Service Employees International Union, Maryland and DC State Council. He also served as Director of Member Services for Speaker Mike Busch. 

 

Alanna Dennis

Director of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Human Relations Officer
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Office of the County Executive

Arundel Center
44 Calvert Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 222-1234
Alanna W. Dennis is responsible for providing general guidance, education, and diversity & inclusion training with respect to civil rights issues in employment and fair housing. She investigates both Title VI and Title VII complaints of alleged discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation involving County government employees.  She also serves as a resource to both Anne Arundel County residents and Anne Arundel County Departments regarding various equal opportunity issues, e.g.race, religion, sexual orientation, sex, ethnicity, age, disability, and any other characteristics protected by state, county and federal laws.  Alanna obtained her Master's in Business Management from Johns Hopkins University and her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from The University of Texas School of Law at Austin. Alanna formerly served as the Director of Equity Compliance at Bowie State University, and was appointed as an Assistant Attorney General with Maryland's Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation for 10 years.  Alanna brings to Anne Arundel County more than a decade of experience in EEO compliance, dispute resolution, and investigations.
 

Elizabeth Funsch

ArundelStat Manager
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Office of the County Executive

Arundel Center
44 Calvert Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
Elizabeth Funsch is the manager for the newly formed ArundelStat.   ArundelStat will use a performance framework to strategically monitor, assess, and improve the effectiveness and efficiency of County services.  ArundelStat will also serve as an internal consultant to assist in specific and longer term strategic projects.  

Elizabeth most recently worked as a senior analyst for the CountyStat team in Prince George’s County where she oversaw the process for monitoring and shaping the government to be more efficient and productive.  Working closely with the health and human services departments, she coordinated efforts to develop, revise, and review performance measures and conducted trends analyses.

Elizabeth has over 7 years experience in evaluating programs at the State of Maryland Department of Mental Health and Hygiene and the Pima Prevention Partnership in Arizona.  Her focus in these roles was implementing processes that demonstrated performance and assessed outcomes. She also understands the challenges and rewards of working on the front line as a public benefit coordinator in the Washington DC region as well as serving as a health volunteer in rural Ecuador in the US Peace Corps.  Elizabeth holds a Master of Public Health and Master of Arts from the University of Arizona.
 

Roz Hamlett

Director of Multimedia Communications
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Office of the County Executive

Arundel Center
44 Calvert Street
Annapolis, MD 21401

Roz Hamlett is the county’s Director of Multimedia Communications. Roz serves as the lead media contact for the County Executive and the Administration. Her career has focused on journalism, media relations, and government relations at the state, regional, and federal level, including stints on Capitol Hill and in the White House.

Most recently, Roz was the senior writer and executive speechwriter for the CEO at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. During her career, she has served as a top aide to several former Maryland leaders, including the House Speaker, the Governor, and the Chancellor of the University System of Maryland. She is a national award-winning journalist and the former Morning Show Producer of WBAL-Radio. She began her career as a Maryland State House reporter for the Afro-American Newspapers.

 
 

Matthew Johnston

Environmental Policy Director
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Office of the County Executive

Arundel Center
44 Calvert Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 222-1526
Matthew Johnston analyzes environmental and sustainable policies for the County Executive’s Office. He previously served as the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Senior Environmental Policy Analyst where he worked with stakeholders across the Chesapeake Bay watershed to design solutions to combat environmental degradation. Matthew holds a graduate degree from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs as well as undergraduate degrees from the University of Missouri. He is a proud resident of Anne Arundel County and a frequent visitor to its many trails, parks and kayak launches. 
 

James Kitchin

Director, CECS
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Office of Community Engagement and Constituent Services

Arundel Center
44 Calvert Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 222-1241

James Kitchin grew up in Crofton and enjoyed much of his formative years crabbing and fishing at his grandparent’s house on the South River. He and Lauren are raising their family in Crofton where their two children, Isabela and Morgan, attend Crofton Woods Elementary. After graduating from Arundel High School, James earned a B.A. in Business Administration from Point Loma Nazarene University. For the first couple of years after graduation he worked for international non-profits in China and Mexico. He then transitioned to the education world and spent five years as a high school history and government teacher. James has an M.A. in International Relations and an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Political Science and Education. Before joining the Pittman Administration James worked at the University of Maryland Baltimore County as a Research Assistant in the School of Public Policy where he is also finishing up a Doctoral Degree in Public Policy. His studies there focus on local governments, specifically education and immigration policy. James is an active part of his community. He has coached soccer, teaches Sunday school, is a member of the PTA at his kids’ school, and has advocated for more responsible development practices to be implemented in the county. James was a candidate for the County Council seat in District 7 during the 2018 election. 

 

Jennifer Purcell, PhD

Director of Special Projects
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Office of the County Executive

Arundel Center
44 Calvert Street
Annapolis, MD 21401

Jennifer Purcell, PhD, is responsible for managing the County Executive's priority projects. She also serves as the office's representative for education and the arts, oversees the internship program, and coordinates annual events hosted by the County Executive.


Prior to joining the administration, Jennifer served as a strategic planning, program development and grant consultant for several non-profit organizations after leaving a faculty position at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. Jennifer earned her doctorate in higher education administration at the University of South Florida.