Atif Chaudhry was sworn in as Secretary of the Maryland Department of General Services on March 2, 2023. He was confirmed by unanimous vote of the Maryland Senate on February 17, 2023. Secretary Chaudhry leads this 700+ employee agency, providing an economic impact of over $4 billion across the state.
Chaudhry brings two decades of experience of state service to the position, previously serving at the Maryland Department of Health, most notably as the Deputy Secretary of Operations since August 2020. As a proven manager, he oversaw many facets of the Health Department such as, the MDH Healthcare System, the Office of Facilities Management and Development, the Office of Preparedness and Response, theSecured Transport and Investigation Unit, and the Office of Contract Management and Procurement. Prior to this role, Chaudhry served as the Director of the Office of Facilities Management and Development, and Director of the Office of Capital Planning, Budgeting, and Engineering Services where he oversaw the planning, maintenance, repair, design, renovation, and construction of all the healthcare facilities and administrative locations for the Maryland Department of Health. Chaudhry also played a pivotal role throughout Maryland’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Department of General Services is responsible for essential services and programs administered on behalf of the state, including to procuring goods and services; designing, building, leasing, managing and maintaining state owned facilities; leading energy conservation efforts; administering the state’s Capital Grants Program; and providing essential services such as inventory control, disposition of surplus property and records management. The Department of General Services Maryland Capitol Police maintains safety and security with statewide jurisdiction in state-owned buildings, state leased facilities, and surrounding areas.
Chaudhry, a resident of Ellicott City, holds two degrees from the University of Baltimore, a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration and a Master’s of Business Administration. He also holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland School of Law, and is an active member of the Maryland Bar.