Ellen Flowers-Fields Joins Maryland Labor Department as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Workforce Development and Adult Learning


BALTIMORE, MD (May 18, 2011) - Maryland Labor Secretary Alexander M. Sanchez and Assistant Secretary for Workforce Development and Adult Learning (DWDAL) Paulette L. Francois announce the appointment of Ellen Flowers-Fields as DWDAL's Deputy Assistant Secretary.

Ms. Flowers-Fields has been the Director of Regional Economic Development for Southern Maryland's Tri-County Council since August 2006. Her extensive experience utilizing business and management principles involved in strategic planning as well as resource allocation, problem-solving, human resources modeling, and coordination of people and resources make her a perfect candidate to complement Francois's leadership of the DWDAL staff.

"We are thrilled to have such a skilled and innovative leader to join our division," Ms. Francois said. "Ellen realizes the importance of maintaining the viability and competitive edge one needs to be successful in today's job market."

"I am excited to join the DWDAL team and be a part of Maryland's efforts to build a skilled workforce pipeline that is ready to compete in the New Economy," Ms. Flowers-Fields stated. "As we continue to grow and change, as we continue to innovate and develop, we must continue to invest in our most precious resource - people."

Prior to joining the Tri-County Council, Ellen served as Executive Director of Southern Maryland Works, Inc. She began her career in workforce services as a Case Manager for Pratt Institute's Job Training Partnership Program. She has over 20 years of progressive professional experience in the field of workforce development and human capital management. Ellen is credentialed as a Global Career Development Facilitator from the Center for Credentialing and Education. A graduate of Pace University, Ellen holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.