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Meet the Executive Branch Staff

Ben Birge

Chief Administrative Officer
Benjamin Birge

Contact

Office of the County Executive

Arundel Center
44 Calvert Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
Ben Birge has spent his career in the public policy arena at all levels of government with particular focus on budget and program management and analysis. Most recently he served as the manager of Prince George’s CountyStat, a team responsible for providing analysis and oversight to ensure county services are operating in an efficient, productive, and cost-effective manner. He has spent time on Capitol Hill and the Maryland State House as a higher education advocate and created numerous databases and workflow improvements as an analyst for the Maryland legislature. He has been civically involved with Anne Arundel County libraries, public schools and the Boy Scouts. He has lived in Anne Arundel County since 1991 and in Odenton since 2001.
 

Jennifer Purcell

Chief of Staff
Jennifer Purcell

Contact

Office of the County Executive

Arundel Center
44 Calvert Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
Jennifer Purcell is responsible for overseeing the County Executive's staff including Constituent Services, Communications and Government Affairs. 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.  Jennifer earned her doctorate at the University of South Florida.

Chris Trumbauer

Senior Advisor for Policy and Communications

Contact

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.
 

Janice Hayes Williams

CECS Director, District 6
Janice Hayes Williams

Contact

Office of Community Engagement and Constituent Services

Arundel Center
44 Calvert Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 222-1785

Janice Hayes Williams is the former legislative aide for Councilmember Chris Trumbauer and served as the head of Constituent Services for the City of Annapolis. Ms. Hayes Williams is also a renowned local historian.

 
 

Peter Baron

Government Affairs Officer
Peter Baron

Contact

Office of the County Executive

Arundel Center
44 Calvert Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 222-1226

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. 

 

Brandi Francis

Acting Public Information Officer
Brandi Francis

Contact

Office of Public Information

Arundel Center
44 Calvert Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 222-1288

Brandi Francis is currently the Director of Communications for Anne Arundel County's Department of Aging and Disabilities. In that role, she leads the department in emergency operations for staff, older adults, and individuals with disabilities. In addition, Ms. Francis serves as the legislative liaison for the department.

 

Alanna Dennis

Compliance Officer
Alanna Dennis

Contact

Office of County Executive

Arundel Center
44 Calvert Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 222-1234
Alanna W. Dennis is responsible for promoting diversity and inclusion in County government. She processes and facilitates internal human resource complaints throughout County government. She will also institute an internal, recurring diversity training program for the County employees. Alanna has a master's degree in business from Johns Hopkins University and a law degree from the University of Texas. She has more than a decade of experience investigating and mediating discrimination complaints and formerly served as an Assistant Maryland Attorney General.
 

 

Transition Leadership

Janet Owens

Transition Committee Co-Chair
Janet S. Owens was born in Annapolis and was the first female elected County Executive for Anne Arundel County.  She served two terms from 1998-2006. Her priorities were education, economic development and land preservation. Janet received her BA from George Washington University and completed her MA and doctoral course of study at the University of Massachusetts. She served in major state positions in Massachusetts before returning to Maryland, then served as the Director of the Housing Commission and the Department of Aging before being elected to the Orphans Court.Following her tenure as County Executive, she served as a Board member and then Chair of the University of Maryland Baltimore Foundation.
 

Chris Trumbauer

Transition Committee Co-Chair
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.