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Md. Gov. Selects First-Ever Chief Privacy, Data Officers

Making state history, Maryland now has a chief privacy officer in Laura Gomez-Martin and a chief data officer in Patrick McLoughlin. The appointments were announced yesterday by Gov. Larry Hogan.

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Yesterday Gov. Larry Hogan named Laura Gomez-Martin as Maryland’s first chief privacy officer and Patrick McLoughlin as the state’s first chief data officer.

The positions represent two of five initiatives to secure Maryland’s data, first discussed by Hogan in July at a cybersecurity summit in Annapolis.

“With these appointments, Maryland is further cementing its status as the cyber capital of America,” Hogan said in a statement. “Laura and Patrick both bring exceptional experience in these areas and critical relationships with state and local leaders.”

Gomez-Martin previously served as the state’s deputy chief information security officer. In the role, she acted as the lead policy adviser for the establishment of the cybersecurity governance structure within the Maryland Department of Information Technology’s Enterprise Initiative.

As chief privacy officer, she will be head of the state’s privacy program and data protection initiatives.

“How organizations collect and use data has increasingly become an important issue, and I’m excited to work with the governor’s office and state agencies to continue building privacy practices that protect the personal information of Maryland residents,” Gomez-Martin said in the release.

As for McLoughlin, his new role will involve overseeing data use and management, fostering interagency data sharing and creating a strategic state data plan.

McLoughlin most recently served as data and analytics consultant and data solutions director at Baltimore-based engineering firm Johnson, Mirmiran, & Thompson. He has also served as director of business intelligence for the state’s IT department.

“In this environment of threats and vulnerabilities, it is critical that governments stay at the forefront of these issues,” McLoughlin said in the release. “I’m looking forward to applying my experience in both the public sector and the private sector to advance the state’s commitment to data and analytics.”
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