Jason Perkins-Cohen was appointed assistant secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor

After nearly a decade leading people development initiatives in Baltimore, Jason Perkins-Cohen has accepted a new role as Assistant Secretary at the Maryland Department of Labor. Secretary Tiffany Robinson Wu announced the appointment, praising Perkins-Cohen’s track record of connecting residents with economic opportunity.

In his previous role as director of the Mayor’s Office for Employment Development (MOED), Perkins-Cohen led initiatives aimed at meeting the needs of Baltimore businesses, citizens and youth. MOED’s achievements under his leadership included the creation of One Baltimore for Jobs, a partnership of 19 community-based organizations that provided job training in industries with family-supporting wages. MOED also oversaw YouthWorks, a summer jobs program that served 8,000 youth in Baltimore annually.

“Jason brings over 25 years of leadership experience and dedication to public service to this position,” said Secretary Wu. “His experience and ability to bring diverse stakeholders together to develop and execute key people initiatives will be a great asset in advancing the department’s mission and I am pleased that he is joining the team.”

Before joining MOED, Perkins-Cohen was Executive Director of the Job Opportunities Task Force, a non-profit employment agency. In recognition of his work for social and economic equality, he was awarded an Atlantic Fellowship by the British Council in 2001.

Perkins-Cohen has also served on a number of state and local task forces focused on issues such as unemployment insurance, prisoner reentry, and adult literacy. He currently serves on the Maryland Adult Literacy Advisory Council, the city’s Journey Home Board, and the board of directors of the Baltimore City Foundation.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as Assistant Secretary of Labor,” Perkins-Cohen said. “I’m excited to join this team working to create a more inclusive and skilled workforce and an economy that fosters shared prosperity and leaves no one behind.”

Perkins-Cohen holds a bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a master’s degree in policy analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He lives in Baltimore City with his wife and two children.

As Assistant Secretary of Labor, Perkins-Cohen will be responsible for advancing the department’s mission to promote economic growth and protect workers in Maryland. The department oversees a wide range of programs related to human resource development, unemployment insurance, occupational health and safety, and labor law enforcement. Perkins-Cohen’s experience in developing partnerships and initiatives aimed at building a more skilled and diverse workforce will undoubtedly benefit him in this new role.


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