Tiffany Robinson was appointed secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor in July 2019. Robinson leads the Maryland Department of Labor in protecting and empowering Marylanders by safeguarding workers, protecting consumers, and cultivating a thriving workforce that meets the demands of Maryland’s dynamic economy.
The Maryland Department of Labor has several divisions including unemployment insurance, occupational and professional licensing, financial regulation, labor and industry, workforce development and adult learning, the Maryland Racing Commission, and the Governor’s Workforce Development Board. The agency employs nearly 1,650 workers and has an operating budget of more than $450 million.
Before becoming secretary, Robinson served as deputy chief of staff to Governor Hogan. In this role, Robinson was responsible for oversight of the state departments of Labor, Health, Human Services, Juvenile Services, Aging, Disabilities, Veterans Affairs, Housing and Community Development, and Education, as well as the Higher Education Commission, Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems, Maryland Insurance Administration and the State Archives.
Robinson was previously the assistant secretary at the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development and was director of the Community Development Administration, the designated housing finance agency for the state and the largest division within the department. In that role, Robinson was responsible for nearly $1.5 billion in annual program production, including management of the operations, administration, and financing of the state’s mortgage, residential energy, small business and local infrastructure programs, as well as affordable rental housing development and asset management.
Prior to the Hogan administration, Robinson was the administrator of Housing and Community Development for Harford County Government. Before entering into public service at the local and state level, Robinson, a Maryland attorney, was in private practice, specializing in legal matters related to securities law and real estate transactions. She served on the Maryland Advisory Committee for the United States Civil Rights Commission and on the United Way of Harford County Board from 2011-2013.
Robinson received her bachelor’s degree in political science from UMBC and helped lead the University’s volleyball team to a conference championship. She received her juris doctorate from the University of Baltimore School of law. Originally from Missouri, Tiffany now lives in Havre de Grace, MD with her family.