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A new director of economic development will start work July 16, Charles County government announced Tuesday.
Kwasi Holman, former president and chief executive of the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corp., has banking, small business, legislative, policy and marketing experience, according to a county news release.
“He led the initiation and implementation of a retail outreach program that attracted Wegmans, a major regional supermarket chain, and one of the largest private companies in the U.S. His work with PGEDC included establishing a $135 million initiative to assist local and minority companies with contracts, and spearheading efforts to create $48.6 million in private investment and more than 1,500 jobs,” the release states.
Before his Prince George’s County work, Holman was president and chief executive of the New York Avenue Development Corp. in Washington, D.C.; executive vice president of the District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce; executive director of the Ellington Fund, which supports the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington; senior vice president of the National Bank of Washington; and executive director of the District of Columbia Office of Business and Economic Development, the release states.
Holman is also a principal of The Holman Group, which gives economic development advice.
During Holman’s tenure at the D.C. Chamber of Commerce, membership increased from 250 to nearly 1,000, the release states. He was the principal legislative affairs liaison for a successful campaign to attract the MCI Center, now the Verizon Center, to Washington, D.C., according to the release.
Holman is also involved in volunteer organizations, serving as chairman of the Community Foundation of Prince George’s County, sitting on the board of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, and serving as a junior warden and member of the vestry at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C.
He is also immediate past president of the Maryland Economic Development Corp. and a former board member of the Economic Development Finance Corporation, the release states.
He holds a law from Howard University School of Law, a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University, and a certificate in “principles of fundraising” from the Fundraising School of the Center for Philanthropy at Indiana University.
"I am excited to join the Charles County government and I am excited about the county's potential growth as an economic engine in the Washington metropolitan area," Holman said in the release.
Commissioners’ President Candice Quinn Kelly welcomed Holman aboard.
“As we continue to make economic development a high priority as a board, it is important to have someone in this position who values and understands the challenges of the private sector, as well as how county government works," she said in the release. “Mr. Holman brings experience from both arenas, and has the experience necessary for success.”