GBC announces appointment of Jay Hutchins as Vice President of Policy Development and Government Relations

Hutchins, who joined the GBC staff on May 16, will be working on legislation and public policy issues on behalf of GBC members including education and workforce development. He will also manage the GBC’s Bridging the Gap initiative to foster the growth and development of minority and women-owned businesses.

“Jay brings the experience and a skill set to the GBC that will serve us well as an advocate in legislative venues and in working to nurture minority business growth,” said GBC President and CEO Donald C. Fry. “He is a welcomed addition to our professional staff.”

Prior to joining GBC, Jay was a member of the senior leadership team at the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation serving as the Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs where he was responsible for representing the department’s interest on proposed legislation in Annapolis and on Capitol Hill. Later, Jay served as the Executive Director of the Professional Licensing Boards where he oversaw the State’s regulation of licensed professionals including engineers, land surveyors, architects, and bay pilots.

Prior to working at DLLR, Hutchins was a federal lobbyist for Goodwill Industries International. His work included
Sarbanes-Oxley, the Workforce Investment Act and proposed changes to tax laws relating to charitable deductions.

Hutchins began his career on Capitol Hill working for Congressman Ed Towns and later for Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey. In 1998, Hutchins received a Presidential appointment (President Clinton) to the United States Peace Corps, where he primarily focused on budget/appropriations issues and regulatory matters.

Hutchins received his B.A. in Political Science and Public Administration from Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina. He earned his law degree from Howard University School of Law.

 

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