Marsha Schachtel, who has been involved in economic development in Maryland for nearly 20 years, has been named executive assistant to the secretary of economic and employment development and charged with monitoring federal spending in the state.
Mrs. Schachtel most recently worked as a contract researcher on a project examining Baltimore's finances under a grant funded by the Abell Foundation. She also worked on the state's recently announced economic development strategy, which advocates focusing on life sciences and information technologies industries.
Prior to that, she was executive assistant for economic development for Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke.
Mrs. Schachtel said that the federal government spends more than $6 billion annually in the state. She said that about a fifth of the jobs in Maryland are directly or indirectly linked to Washington.