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 and private sector, and as a small business owner.
Maryland Labor 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.
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 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 part-owner of a cyber security firm. She has received several awards including the Outstanding Recent Alumna Award from Hood College, and is proud to participate as a member in many local community organizations including the Libertytown-Unionville Lions Club and the Walkersville Volunteer Fire Company. Kelly is also a past board member of the Frederick County Habitat for Humanity.
Secretary Schulz obtained her associate's 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. She has two sons, Brandon and Bradley.