Biographies of Leadership Team Members

BIOGRAPHIES OF LEADERSHIP TEAM MEMBERS:

Lonnie R. Robbins, Chief Administrative Officer
Sameer Sidh, Chief of Staff
Carl DeLorenzo, Director of Policy & Programs
Angela Cabellon, Chief Innovation Officer and Deputy Chief Administrative Officer
Jennifer Jones, Deputy Chief of Staff
Maureen Evans Arthurs, Director of Government Affairs and Strategic Partnerships
Shaina Hernandez, Senior Adviser for Policy
Scott L. Peterson, Director of Communications
Kimberly Pruim, Director of Constituent Services and Community Partnerships

 

 

 

Lonnie R. Robbins, Chief Administrative Officer

Lonnie R. Robbins was appointed Howard County Chief Administrative Officer effective January 3, 2007 after serving as Deputy Chief Administrative Officer since 2004. He began his career with Howard County government as an Assistant County Solicitor in the Office of Law in 1989, and was named a Senior Assistant County Solicitor in 1993.

In these capacities, he advised and represented various County departments and agencies, including the Police Department, Police Hearing Board, County Council, Purchasing, Citizen Services, Transportation and Recreation and Parks. In addition, he represented various boards and commissions, including the Board of Appeals, Human Rights, Ethics, Mental health Authority, Local Children’s Board, Equal Business Opportunity and the Economic Development Authority.

Robbins currently serves as a Trustee of both the Howard County Employee’s Pension Plan and the Howard County Police and Fire Pension Plan. Robbins is admitted to practice law in Maryland and Pennsylvania state courts, as well as in the Federal District Court of Maryland and the Supreme Court of the United States.

A native of Snow Hill, Maryland, Robbins attended the University of Maryland College Park. He earned a B.S. degree in Business and Public Administration, with a concentration in Transportation. He later received his J.D. degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

 

Sameer Sidh, Chief of Staff

Sameer Sidh serves as the Chief of Staff to County Executive Calvin Ball.  In this role, Sidh oversees the Administration’s policy, legislative and communications functions, working with staff to develop strategy and execute directives in each of these critical areas. Sidh holds direct responsibility over land use, infrastructure, budget and education issues, serving as the Administration’s liaison to the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS), State government and the Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC).  During his tenure, Sidh has helped lead the Administration to the passage of two successful budgets, developed a plan to resolve the HCPSS health fund deficit, and coordinated management of the fiscal impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.    

Sidh previously served as Chief of Staff at Towson University. In the Chief of Staff position at TU, Sidh led planning, coordination, and project management of presidential-initiated efforts, and worked closely with the university’s leadership team to “boundary span” across university divisions to ensure alignment of objectives and budget.

Sidh came to Towson University from the Office of the Mayor of Baltimore City, where he served as the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Citistat. In his tenure as director, Sidh drove significant productivity and transparency improvements through increased communications and convening cross-agency and cross-sector workgroups.

Prior to serving as the Director of Citistat, Sidh worked as the Deputy Chief of Staff for the Maryland Department of Transportation where he held a position on the senior executive team of a 9,000-employee department collaborating on policy direction with senior management. He also previously served as both Acting Director and Deputy Director of the StateStat in the Office of Governor Martin O’Malley.

Sidh recently served as the Howard County representative on the Central Maryland Regional Transit Plan Commission, and currently serves on the board of the BWI Business Partnership and the Creative Alliance. He holds a J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law, and is a member of the Maryland State Bar. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from James Madison University.

 

Carl DeLorenzo, Director of Policy & Programs

Carl DeLorenzo is Director of Policy & Programs for the County Executive at Howard County Government, which involves the formation of public policy initiatives and the implementation of programs. His subject areas include public health, behavioral health, housing opportunities, and children and family services.  Specifically, DeLorenzo has worked to expand the substance use treatment continuum in Howard County, which includes residential treatment and crisis stabilization services.  He also advances many of the County’s affordable housing initiatives, including the implementation of Downtown Columbia’s affordable housing plan, and management of the County’s tax incentive program for developers of affordable housing. Finally, DeLorenzo oversees the County’s HoCo STRIVES initiative, which provides valuable community services for youth and families focused on mitigating disparities in student success.

In addition to his work in Howard County, DeLorenzo currently serves as a board member of the Maryland Nonprofits and is a graduate of the GBC Leadership Program. DeLorenzo is also an adjunct professor with the University of Maryland School of Public Policy.  He has a BA in Economics from Johns Hopkins University and an MPP in Social Policy from the University of Maryland College Park.

 

Angela Cabellon, Chief Innovation Officer and Deputy Chief Administrative Officer

Angela Cabellon serves as the County’s First Chief Innovation Officer and the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer. Cabellon initiated and oversaw the development of the county’s first performance dashboard, the Howard County Data Analytics and Statistics Hub (HoCo DASH). Cabellon made more than $1.8M available to support innovation and operations needs for non-profits. Cabellon oversees the COVID-19 pandemic on behalf of the County Executive, ensuring a data-informed, people-driven response to policy and practice.  Cabellon works on policy and initiatives related to health, social services, transportation, environmental sustainability, and workforce development.  

Cabellon has worked in state and local government for more than a decade. She recently hailed from the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services where she served as the Social Services Officer and Deputy Chief of Children, Youth and Family Services, managing $38M in social service programs funded by the Maryland Department of Human Services (DHS) and 5 local offices. Cabellon served as the Assistant Secretary for Policy and Program Management at DHS overseeing strategic initiatives on child welfare, child support, workforce development, the Affordable Care Act, and economic assistance.

As Senior Analyst in the Governor’s Office of Policy, Cabellon prepared all education policy briefings for the Director of Policy and former Governor O’Malley while analyzing early learning, education, and workforce data.

Cabellon was a Teach for America Corps Member in San Jose, California teaching Special Education English at Independence High School. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

 

Jennifer Jones, Deputy Chief of Staff

Since 2015, Jennifer Jones has worked as a business development consultant for small and midsize companies both nationally and internationally. In this role, Jones advised clients on new business development projects and planning, conducted market research to determine expansion opportunities and risks, and developed integrated reporting and analytics. Most recently, Jones acted as the Field Director for County Executive-elect Ball.

Prior to starting her consulting company, Jones spent eight years at Live Nation Entertainment, most recently as the Vice President of Business Analysis, Europe, where she worked directly with the president and chief financial officer to implement corporate strategy and business development initiatives. Jones also spent time at Sony Pictures, United Cinemas International, and Ernst & Young LLP.

A Howard County native and graduate of Wilde Lake High School, Jones holds a Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law, a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University School of Business, and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.

 

Maureen Evans Arthurs, Director of Government Affairs and Strategic Partnerships

Maureen Evans Arthurs recently served as the Legislative Director for Delegate Shelly Hettleman since 2015. Prior to the Maryland General Assembly, Evans Arthurs career is rooted in higher education and nonprofits focused on advocating for women’s empowerment, wellness, and access to financial and educational resources. As a Legislative Director, she cultivated critical relationships in Annapolis and conducted extensive policy research advocating for equitable public policy that improved the outcomes for the most vulnerable Marylanders. She has extensive experience in education and economic development issues.

In 2018, Evans Arthurs was elected Chair of the Howard County Democratic Central Committee, the youngest and the first African American female to do so. She also served as the Campaign Manager for County Council campaigns including Team Howard County, a collaborative effort with the Maryland Democratic Coordinated Campaign.

As a committed community advocate, she also serves on the nonprofit executive boards of HopeWorks, Stop Street Harassment and is the President of her community association. Evans Arthurs holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Gender and Women’s studies and Political Science from University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She is a Howard County native, graduate of Oakland Mills High School and lives with her family in Ellicott City.

 

Shaina Hernandez, Senior Adviser for Policy

Shaina A. Hernandez serves as the Senior Advisor for Policy to County Executive Calvin Ball. In this role, Hernandez oversees the day-to-day operations of the Ellicott City Safe and Sound plan, a comprehensive flood mitigation and economic sustainability plan for Historic Ellicott City, and is the county executive’s liaison to Ellicott City. Hernandez also works on issues relating to emergency management, economic development, stormwater management, and acts as the county executive’s liaison to the Jewish community. In 2019, Hernandez was instrumental in ensuring passage of new regulations for developers in and around Ellicott City to provide adequate stormwater management infrastructure.

Prior to joining the Ball Administration, Hernandez served as the Director of Local Government Affairs and Strategic Initiatives for the Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC), the region's premier business advocacy nonprofit organization. In this role, Hernandez led the GBC's local lobbying efforts and served as the project lead on several of the organization's key projects, including an initiative aimed at increasing opportunities for justice-involved individuals, a joint study with Associated Black Charities on middle-skill STEM jobs, and the State of the Region report.

Hernandez also served for four years in the administration of former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, first in the press office and then as the Special Assistant to the governor's Chief of Staff. She currently sits on the board of the South Baltimore Learning Center, Roca Baltimore, the Ellicott City Partnership, and the Creative Alliance.

Hernandez is an alumnae of the AmeriCorps*National Civilian Community Corps program where she was heavily involved in disaster recovery in Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. She holds a bachelor's degree in English with a concentration in Language, Writing, and Rhetoric from the University of Maryland, College Park.

 

Scott L. Peterson, Director of Communications

As Director of Communications, Scott L. Peterson is responsible for communicating the agenda and goals of the Ball Administration through marketing and branding efforts via traditional media, social media, online, and public events. In this capacity, Peterson is County Executive’s Ball’s primary spokesperson and coordinates collaboration among Howard County’s Public Information Officers and communicators. Peterson is a part of the Howard County’s website re-development team and has lead county communications during the COVID-19 crisis.

Prior to working for the Howard County Government, Peterson was the Press Secretary and Deputy Communications Director for Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III. Peterson served as the county’s media relations manager, spokesperson, and social media guru. Peterson also served as Director of Media Relations for the City of Baltimore. Peterson is a member of the National Association of County Information Officers (NACIO) has participated on national panels  regarding media relations and crisis communications. He is National Incident Management System (NIMS) trained and certified.

Before his tenure as a public servant, Peterson spent nine years as a spokesperson, marketer, producer, and civic educator for the C-SPAN Television Networks covering three presidential campaign cycles while lecturing about media literacy to more than 200 universities and 600 middle and high schools. Peterson also worked for two years at the National Cable and Telecommunications Association.

Peterson holds a BA in education from the University of Maryland and is a Certified Public Manager through the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ and George Washington University’s Institute for Regional Excellence.

 

Kimberly Pruim, Director of Constituent Services and Community Partnerships

Kimberly Pruim serves as the Director of Constituent Services and Community Partnerships to County Executive Calvin Ball. She is passionate about forging and reinforcing community relationships and is committed to ensuring all constituents have an avenue to discuss county business, concerns and opportunities to enhance our neighborhoods. Dedicated to community representation in county government, Kimberly oversees the County’s Boards and Commissions and the appointment processes. Believing in the importance of the youth voice, Kimberly also manages the County’s interns and placements, serves as a mentor herself, and is the County’s Business Liaison to Project SEARCH.

 

Kimberly is also the liaison, and project manager where needed, for the County Executive’s priority projects including the Money Matters Fair, a financial literacy initiative, the Veteran’s Day Parade, a celebration of our armed forces, our Toys for Tots Giveaway, a collaboration with the Marine Corps Reserve Foundation helping spread cheer to our children and families during the holiday season, the EC250 Planning Team, a coordinated effort to celebrate Ellicott City’s upcoming 250 th Anniversary and other community-driven initiatives. She is also the County Executive’s representative to the DC Metroplex BWI Community Roundtable, a multi-jurisdictional effort on airport noise.

 

Prior to joining the Administration, Kimberly had nearly a decade of experience in county government. As Special Assistant to then Councilmember Calvin Ball, she oversaw legislative affairs, managed constituent relations and district office operations, cultivated community relationships and partnerships with residents and community organizations, spearheaded initiatives and events in support of our neighbors, and was responsible for district communication including drafting testimony, press releases, community newsletters, and managing social media.  She also has experience in the private sector having managed business and client relations and cultivated strategic partnerships with local, regional and international associations.

 

Kimberly lives in Crofton, MD with her rescue dog, Luci, is passionate about fostering dogs until they find their forever home and serves as vice president of her homeowners association. She also served on Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman’s transition team as a committee member. Kimberly graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a B.A. in Political Science, a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Legal Policy.