Bio Innovation Conference | Sarah Sheppard
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Sarah Sheppard

Sarah Sheppard

Director, Education and Workforce, Maryland Department of Commerce

Sarah D. Sheppard brings a wealth of knowledge around education and workforce development to the Maryland Department of Commerce from her years of experience working in government and the private sector.  She joined the Commerce team in 2019 as Director of Education and Workforce as part of the Office of Strategic Industries and Entrepreneurship and works closely throughout Commerce on various initiatives as they relate to education and workforce.  Ms. Sheppard previously worked for the Maryland Department of Labor as the Director of Workforce Engagement for the Governor’s Workforce Development Board and the Director of Policy and Planning for the Division of Unemployment Insurance.   

Prior to embarking on a career in public service, Ms. Sheppard worked as the Executive Manager for a manufacturing company and a registered lobbyist working for a private law firm with over 14 years of experiencing working with state, local, and federal government.  She has received several awards including the Daily Record’s 20 in Their Twenties and the VIP List for individuals successful by 40.  

Ms. Sheppard holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science and studio art from Washington College and a Juris Doctorate and Master of Public Administration from the University of Baltimore.