College Savings Plans of Maryland Management and Board

Maryland 529 Management and Board

Maryland 529 is overseen by a board and senior management.

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Senior Management

Bernadette Benik

Interim Executive Director



Janaki Kannan

Director of Finance



Dan Rambert Director of Investments and Cash Management



Michelle Winner

Director of Marketing



Bette Ann Mobley

Maryland ABLE Program Director



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Maryland 529 Board

Dereck E. Davis was elected Maryland's Treasurer on December 9, 2021. Prior to his election to statewide office,Treasurer Davis served 26 years as a Member of House of Delegates, representing District 25, Prince George's County. During his time in the House of Delegates, Treasurer Davis was a member of the Legislative Policy Committee and the Rules and Executive Nominations Committee, and served as Chairmain of the Economic Matters Committee. He has received numerous awards including the Mission of Love Founders Award, the Maryland Clean Energy Centers Legislative Leadership Award, and the Maryland Black Caucus Foundations Outstanding Leadership Award.

Peter Franchot was elected Maryland's 33rd Comptroller on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006. Prior to his election to statewide office, Comptroller Franchot served 20 years in the Maryland General Assembly, in the House of Delegates, representing the residents of Silver Spring and Takoma Park. During his time in the House of Delegates, Comptroller Franchot was a member of the Appropriations Committee and served as Chairman of the Transportation & the Environment Subcommittee. Through his career, he has been a strong advocate for education, health care, transportation and environmental protection initiatives.

Carol Beatty currently serves as the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Disabilities. Prior to her appointment in 2015, Secretary Beatty was the Executive Director of The Arc of Howard County, a private, non-profit organization which provides advocacy and support services for more than 750 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities along with their families. She also held roles in an executive-level capacity at Alternative Living, Inc., and Bello Machre, Inc., both dedicated to providing quality services to individuals with disabilities. Over the past 20 years, Secretary Beatty has received numerous awards for her work on behalf of individuals with disabilities including induction into the Howard County Women's Hall of Fame in 2012 and selection as one of The Daily Record's 2013 Maryland's Top 100 Women.   

Chancellor Jay A. Perman, MD, became the fifth chancellor of the University System of Maryland (USM) in January 2020. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Perman, a pediatric gastroenterologist, served as president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) for nearly a decade. As UMB president, Dr. Perman worked closely with fellow USM institutions to advance the state’s top education, workforce, and innovation priorities. Dr. Perman’s career includes service on many national and regional boards and committees, including chair of the Maryland Life Sciences Advisory Board, as well as the boards of the Association of American Medical Colleges Council of Deans, the Children’s Cancer Foundation, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

James D. Fielder, Jr., Secretary of Higher Education, is a highly regarded executive and public servant with a passion for leading change.  He is focused on improving the economic well-being of Marylanders through educational and business opportunity.  He has served four Maryland governors, lending his talents and expertise in numerous leadership capacities.  Some of these include his current position as Secretary of Higher Education; Secretary of Appointments for Governor Hogan; Secretary of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation; Acting Secretary for Business and Economic Development; and Member of Governor-elect Hogan’s Transition Team. He also served as Towson University’s Vice President of Finance and Administration.  Secretary Fielder received his Ph.D. in Higher Education from Michigan State University, and his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Mohammed Choudhury, became Maryland State Superintendent of Schools on July 1, 2021. Prior to joining MSDE,  Mr. Choudhury served as Associate Superintendent and Chief Strategy, Talent and Innovation Officer for the San Antonio Independent School District. Prior to his appointment in San Antonio, Choudhury led transformation and innovation efforts for the Dallas Independent School District which has been recognized as a national model for launching and scaling transformation initiatives. He started his career as a classroom teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District where he earned accolades for his innovative work to partner with non-profit organizations to provide students with additional support in middle school. Mr. Choudhury holds a Master’s degree in Urban Schooling from the Teacher Education Program at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Capathia P. Campbell is a Media Specialist for the Baltimore County Public School System at Hebbville Elementary School. Prior to joining the Baltimore County Public Schools System, Ms. Campbell worked as a Librarian for the Enoch Pratt Free Library. Ms. Campbell holds a BS in Marketing from Central Connecticut State University and a Masters of Science Degree in Library Service from Atlanta University. 

Jessica E. McClain, is the Chief Financial Officer for Girl Scouts Nation's Capital. Before this role, Ms. McClain spent 11 years in public accounting. Ms. McClain is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), a Project Management Professional (PMP), and a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) and serves on various volunteer committees with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and is a Trustee for the AICPA Foundation. She is actively involved with the accounting profession at her alma mater Towson University and is Board Member of the Maryland Association of CPAs Foundation. Ms. McClain holds a Bachelor of Science from Towson University and a Masters of Accountancy from George Washington University.  

Joanna Pratt is the Deputy Chief Investment Officer for Investure, an investment office for a select group of endowments and foundations. Before coming to Investure, Ms. Pratt was the Managing Director of Markets and Risk for the Johns Hopkins University Investment Office.  Before Johns Hopkins, Ms. Pratt was the Director of Risk at Stanford Management Company.  Between college and business school, Ms. Pratt spent 5 years at Citadel Investment Group where she was a portfolio manager in energy commodities. Ms. Pratt holds an MBA from Stanford University, an AB in Economics and Certificate in Finance from Princeton University, and the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Peter Tsirigotis is a shareholder in Greenberg Traurig’s Corporate practice group. He provides legal advice to financial institutions, asset managers, investment advisers and institutional investors to help them develop and maintain financial products while navigating the regulatory landscape. Prior to joining is Greenberg Traurig, Mr. Tsirigotis was Co-Chair of Private Investment Funds for Stradley Ronon. Prior to joining Stradley Ronon, Mr. Tsirigotis was senior vice president at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co, where he led the investment management funds risk, operations and governance group. Mr. Tsirigotis holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from Boston University, a JD from Catholic University and an LLM in International Business and Economic Law from Georgetown University.

Public Member - Vacant - TBA 


Board Chair - Peter Tsirigotis

Board Vice Chair - Geoffrey F. Newman, Designee for Maryland Higher Education Commission

Board Secretary - Ellen Herbst, Designee for the Chancellor of the University System of Maryland


The Board Mission, Vision, Goals


Our mission is to provide Maryland families with simple, convenient ways to save in advance for college in order to reduce their future reliance on loans.


That Maryland will become a state where all families who have college dreams for their children are motivated to save in advance for future college costs.


1. Create and maintain statewide awareness of Maryland 529 by communicating the benefits of plans and results in significant participation among:
  • Parents of Newborns through 12th graders
  • Grandparents
  • Those who are interested in providing for the higher education of a child who may not be a family member
2. Ensure excellence in customer service, records administration and transaction processing for current participants.