Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Holt Announces New Deputy Secretary

New Carrollton, MD – Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Secretary Kenneth C. Holt today announced the appointment of Ellington Churchill, Jr. as the department’s deputy secretary.

Churchill has more than two decades experience as a construction and real estate development professional and will assist Secretary Holt in providing leadership and oversight in the development of the state’s housing finance, asset management, community development and building code programs.Churchill is active in the community and serves on the board of directors for Outward Bound Baltimore, Arundel Community Development Services, and Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture.

“Ellington’s 20 years of hands-on experience in the real estate development industry in Maryland brings a broad range of leadership skills and business development expertise to DHCD,” said Secretary Holt. “He will be an important asset to the Hogan administration and the department in implementing housing and community development solutions to change Maryland for the better.”

Churchill most recently served as director of business development for Lewis Contractors, a family-owned mid-Atlantic commercial general contractor and construction management firm. Churchill was responsible for leading construction management, general contracting and design build project opportunities for the firm. He also developed marketing strategies to gain key construction market penetration to maintain Lewis’ profit margins and forecasted construction volume.

“I look forward to working with Secretary Holt and the team at DHCD in their mission to revitalize communities and provide affordable housing opportunities throughout the state,” said Churchill.

Churchill began his career in 1994 as the project manager and estimator with Lewis Contractors. In 2006, he joined Liberty Project Trust as a senior project manager before coming back to Lewis Contractors in 2011.

Churchill earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture and a master’s degree in construction management  from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Churchill lives in Windsor Mills with his wife, Shareese, and two daughters.

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