Tourism official to take over governor's minority affairs office

May 11, 1994|By Marina Sarris | Marina Sarris,Sun Staff Writer

The governor is putting a new leader in his Office of Minority Affairs as he tries to make it "more aggressive" in helping minority-owned businesses, a spokeswoman said yesterday.

Luwanda Walker Jenkins, a manager in Maryland's tourism office, will replace Mitchell Smith as the office's executive director this month, said Page W. Boinest, press secretary to Gov. William Donald Schaefer.

Ms. Boinest said Mr. Smith resigned, effective Friday, because "he recognized the administration was interested in taking a more aggressive tack."

Mr. Smith could not be reached for comment.

Governor Schaefer wants the three-person office to work harder "in recruiting and working with minority businesses so they have a greater stake in the state's economic growth," Ms. Boinest said.

The office links minority businesses with government programs and certifies businesses that wish to receive state contracts designated for firms owned by minorities and women.

Ms. Jenkins currently manages in-state programs in the tourism office at the Maryland Department of Economic and Employment Development. She will earn $56,800 in her new post.

"I will be looking to try to elevate the profile of the office," said Ms. Jenkins, 32, of Baltimore.

Ernest Mosby, an administrator in the state natural resources department's public affairs office, will become Ms. Jenkins' deputy around June 1, she said.

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