Sam Malhotra leads a $2.6 billion agency with 6,500 employees serving more than 1 million Marylanders across the state. He is a dynamic, results-oriented executive with a strong track record of performance. He has over 20 years of successful management and organization skills as demonstrated by the creation of a successful service organization. Sam is particularly interested in resolving multiple complex issues and motivating staff to achieve peak performance.
He has the ability to identify future trends and develop strategies and programs to meet community-level needs. His ability to manage people and strategically allocate resources will allow him to drive organizational improvements and implement best practices within the agency.
Sam is committed to community service, he’s served on several boards including: Creative Education Foundation, and the Holy Cross Hospital Finance Committee. He’s on the Board of Governors of the Alumni Association of the University of Maryland, and on the Board of Visitors for the College of Computers, Mathematics & Natural Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, Harvard Business School, and Georgetown University.
He is married with two children.
Gregory S. James
Deputy Secretary of Operations
Please join me in welcoming back Gregory S. James as he returns to DHR as our Deputy Secretary of Operations. His previous position was Chief of Staff DHR when he served the state from May 2006 through February 2007. During his previous time at DHR, he managed day-to-day operations of the agency and executed the direction and vision of Secretary and Governor. He oversaw development, implementation and execution of our key programs and policy initiatives — to ensure effective and efficient services for our clients. In his most recent position, he was Principal Lobbyist for the Livingston Group, L.L.C. in Washington, D.C. he worked there since April 2008. In his position he managed multiple major client accounts, coordinating team activities and client interactions.
He also developed government relations strategy to help clients realize their goals in dealing with the U.S. Congress and federal departments and agencies. Greg was also a Special Assistant for Policy Office for then Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. where he developed, analyzed and advised on policy matters in areas of human services, juvenile justice, public safety, health care, disabilities, and education.
Greg received his Doctorate in May 1995 from College of William & Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law Williamsburg, Virginia Juris. In his current position he will be responsible for the daily operations of the agency while playing a valuable support role on the Executive Team. Please join me in extending a warm welcome to Greg James.
Deputy Secretary of Programs
I am pleased to welcome Tracey back to the Department. Previously, she served as the Baltimore City DSS Assistant Director from 2004 -2008. During that period, she forged partnerships with other social services organizations to create a health suite and an early childhood reading program. She developed and implemented a performance management system, and improved the food stamp error rate bringing the agency out of multi-million dollar penalty status for the first time in 11 years, and greatly increased participation in work programs.
Her most recent position was Director, Economic Services, for Jewish Community Services, an operating agency of THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. At JCS, Tracey managed all aspects of delivery of career services, financial assistance, and case management services, including coordination of community programming and direct services to Holocaust survivors and refugees.
She is a frequent conference speaker and is very active in the community. Tracey is a graduate of University of Maryland School of Law. She is married with two daughters.
Chief of Staff
In early March, Drew McKone joined the leadership Team as my Chief of Staff.
Drew is a goal-oriented leader with extensive experience in transitional leadership, partnership collaboration and employee engagement. He has strong skills in cultural integration, human resource development, customer service and strategic development. Additionally he comes with solid communication and problem-solving skills particularly as it relates to leading change. Drew has a long history in banking and has worked with some of the largest banks in the state. He was responsible for supervising and administering the retail function for several branches. He lead associates to grow new relationships while expanding and retaining existing relationships. He also took the lead in maneuvering employees through multiple acquisitions and cultural integration while influencing the strategic direction of the Retail Bank. Drew was appointed to the Retail Bank Advisory Council and Incentive Work.
He holds an Executive Master’s Degree in Leadership from Georgetown University, and has a Bachelor of Arts, History and Psychology from Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, VA He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel, United States Marine Corps and he serves on the Board of Directors of various organizations. We are looking forward to working with Drew as he brings his strong leadership skills to our hard working team.
Social Services Administration
Debbie previously served as the deputy in the office, overseeing policy and practice for Child Welfare and Adult Services programming. She has been a tremendous asset as the department works to change the child welfare practice paradigm. She has been instrumental in the successful development and implementation of Alternative Response, a key department initiative that is enhancing child welfare practice in our state.
Debbie has 27 years experience in Child Welfare and Family and Adult Services. She spent the first 21 years in various roles at the local department level before joining the Central Office team in 2008. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland at Baltimore, School of Law and School of Social Work and Community Planning. She completed her undergraduate work at University of Delaware. Debbie is an enthusiastic, purple-wearing Ravens fan.
Family Investment Administration
Rosemary Malone has over 30 years of experience with the Department of Human Resources. Prior to serving in her current capacity, she served as Deputy Executive Director responsible for the Office of Programs. In this role, she managed the agency’s temporary cash assistance, food stamps, medical assistance and energy assistance programs.
In addition to overseeing economic assistance programs, Ms. Malone has considerable experience in employment and training, quality control, research and analysis, and planning. After graduating from Eckerd College and doing graduate work at the University of South Florida, she began her public service career with the Florida Department of Commerce.
Child Support Enforcement Administration
Mr. DiPrimio brings over 30 years of front-line and executive experience in state and local government and has considerable private sector experience. Prior to coming to Maryland, Mr. DiPrimio worked with Philadelphia’s Child Support program and was responsible for overseeing the administration of the Philadelphia Court System.
His considerable experience has prepared him well to assist Maryland in reviewing its operations and making the necessary adjustments to achieve Maryland’s goal of becoming one of the top ten states in the nation for child support collections.