J. Thomas Sadowski
Vice Chancellor for Economic Development
University System of Maryland
Columbus Center – 701 East Pratt Street – Baltimore, MD 21202
410-688-0013 mobile | 410-576-5742 office
Tom has more than 25-years in the economic development profession, working with partners in industry, higher education and at every level of government. His career projects exceed $10 billion in value and 50,000 jobs; these include the 2005 BRAC win for Aberdeen Proving Ground and numerous corporate and federal agency headquarters, research labs and industrial facilities for major public/private and non-profit clients.
Tom has held leadership positions at the local, regional and currently the state level. His work with the University System of Maryland (USM) is focused on fueling company creation and tech commercialization, growing R&D partnerships, developing internship and apprenticeship programs, and launching the USM’s new $25 million early-stage venture Maryland Momentum Fund. His efforts cover all industry sectors, to include: aerospace, autonomous systems, cyber/data sciences, bio-health, virtual and augmented reality, robotics, energy, sustainability, advanced manufacturing, agriculture and education-technology. Prior to the USM, he served as President & CEO of the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore.
He is a lifelong resident of Maryland, a proud husband, father and graduate of UMBC. He enjoys coaching and is active on many boards, to include: Chair of the Board for Junior Achievement of Central Maryland, Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (MTech) Advisory Board, Evergreen Advisors Advisory Board, M&T Bank Northeast Directors Board, Governor’s Appointee to the Baltimore Metropolitan Council Board, the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore Board, the Board of the Cyber Association of Maryland, the Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation Board and Towson University’s Presidential Scholar Business Advisory Council. Toms is also Past President of the Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA).
2016 UMBC Alumni of the Year for Distinguished Service; 2015 Daily Record’s Maryland’s Most Admired CEO; 2014 Baltimore Museum of Industry’s William Donald Schaefer Industrialist of the Year; 2011 Daily Record’s Most Influential Marylander.
University System of Maryland is a $5 billion global institution with more than 170,000 students
enrolled across 12 campuses, 3 regional higher-ed centers throughout the State of Maryland and in more than 20 countries world-wide. The USM conducts $1.3 billion in sponsored research annually for
the federal government and industry partners.