Secretary, Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation
Kelly M. Schulz was confirmed as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) in February of 2015. A former member of the Maryland House of Delegates representing Frederick County, she served on the Economic Matters Committee from 2011- 2015. In addition to local issues, then Delegate Schulz took special interest in legislation relating to banks and other financial institutions, business, occupations and professions, economic development, labor and employment, unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation. She brings a wealth of knowledge to the Maryland Department of Labor from her years of experience working in the government, in the private sector and as a small business owner.
DLLR Secretary Schulz is proud to lead the agency that protects and empowers Marylanders by safeguarding workers, protecting consumers and cultivating a thriving workforce that can meet the demands of Maryland’s dynamic economy.
DLLR 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 Investment Board. The agency employs nearly 2,000 workers and has an operating budget of more than $375 million.
Prior to embarking on a career of public service, Secretary Schulz sold real estate, worked as a program manager for a defense contractor and was a part-owner of a cybersecurity firm. She has received several awards including the Outstanding Recent Alumna Award from Hood College in 2011, and is a member of several prestigious organizations including Women in Defense, the Fort Detrick Alliance and the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association. Kelly is also a Board member of the Frederick County Habitat for Humanity and is an active member of the Frederick Kiwanis Club, the Libertytown-Unionville Lions Club and the Walkersville Volunteer Fire Company.
Secretary Schulz obtained her Associates degree from Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York and later obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland.
A native of Warren, Michigan, Kelly currently lives in Frederick County, Maryland with her husband John Nowell and has two sons, Brandon and Bradley.