Chris Shank to Return to Administration as Director of External Affairs and Interagency Initiatives
Shareese Churchill Promoted to Deputy Director for Interagency Communications
Governor Larry Hogan today announced that he has named Chris Shank as director of external affairs and interagency initiatives. In addition, the governor announced that he has promoted press secretary Shareese Churchill to deputy director of interagency communications.
Chris Shank, returning to the administration from the private sector, represented Washington County in the Maryland General Assembly from 1998-2014. In 2015, Shank first joined the Hogan administration as the executive director of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention. In 2016, he became a deputy chief of staff overseeing the Health, Human Services, and Education portfolio and chaired the Justice Reinvestment Coordinating Council. In 2016, Governor Hogan appointed Shank as his chief legislative officer, a position he held until 2019.
In his new capacity, Shank will manage relationships with external stakeholders to promote engagement with administration initiatives and identify strategic partnerships, and oversee a portfolio of multi-agency efforts.
“I could not be more pleased to welcome Chris Shank back to our administration at this critical time for our state,” said Governor Hogan. “His expertise in solving problems and advancing innovative policy initiatives will be vital in our efforts to address the challenges we face and keep changing Maryland for the better.”
“I am honored to again serve the Hogan Administration,” said Shank. “The Governor and his team have been doing a phenomenal job leading our state through unparalleled challenges over this past year. I’m very much looking forward to being back on his team and doing whatever I can to continue to move our great state forward.”
Shareese Churchill will retain her duties as press secretary while expanding her portfolio to include managing and coordinating internal and external communications for the agencies that make up state government.
“Shareese has been a valued and trusted member of our team since the first day I took office,” said Governor Hogan. “She is highly regarded by both her colleagues and members of the media, and we are excited to have her working closely with our agencies in their efforts to keep Marylanders informed.”
“I am proud to have served in the administration since January 2015, and look forward to continuing to work alongside Governor Hogan, our state agency communicators, and our press corps in this expanded role,” said Churchill.
These appointments are effective on November 18, 2020.