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Nancy Kopp

2019 NIPF Sessions

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Nancy Kopp
Treasurer, State of Maryland

Elected in February 2002, and re-elected to full four-year terms in 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015, and 2019, Nancy K. Kopp is the 23rd Maryland State Treasurer since the adoption of the Constitution of 1851. She is the second woman ever to serve as Maryland's State Treasurer and is presently the only woman serving Maryland in a Constitutional Office. In addition to her responsibilities for managing the Office of State Treasurer, as a Constitutional Officer and a representative of the General Assembly, the Treasurer serves on a number of key State Boards and financial planning committees.

Treasurer Kopp chairs both the Capital Debt Affordability Committee and the Commission on State Debt, and is a member of Maryland's Board of Revenue Estimates. She is the chief representative of the State dealing with financial rating agencies and investment banking firms. The Treasurer also serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Maryland State Retirement and Pension Systems, as Chair of the Maryland 529 College Savings Board, and as a member of the Maryland Supplemental Retirement Board, the Maryland Health and Higher Education Financing Authority, the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation Board, the Hall of Records Commission, the Maryland Small Business Retirement Savings Board, the Financial Education and Capability Commission, the Procurement Advisory Council, the Maryland Commission on Climate Change, and the Coast Smart Council. Unique among the Treasurer's responsibilities is her position on the Board of Public Works with the Governor and the Comptroller of the State. This Board oversees a substantial portion of the procurement contracts of the State.

Treasurer Kopp represented the Bethesda area in the Maryland House of Delegates for 27 years prior to her election as Treasurer. As a member of the House of Delegates, Treasurer Kopp chaired the Joint Committee on Spending Affordability, as well as the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education and Economic Development. She also served on the Capital Budget Subcommittee, the Subcommittee on Pensions, and the Joint Committee on Budget and Audit, and, at various times, as Deputy Majority Leader and Speaker Pro Tem. During her legislative career, Treasurer Kopp was named by her colleagues as the most effective woman legislator and one of the 10 most effective members of the House of Delegates.

Treasurer Kopp has been active in numerous national, regional, and state organizations and boards during her career, primarily focused on finance, education, and fiscal matters. Appointed by President Clinton to the National Assessment Governing Board, Treasurer Kopp also served as Treasurer of the Southern Regional Education Board, chairing its Commission on Educational Quality. She served on the Executive Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures, chairing its Assembly on Legislative Issues, and Committees on Federal Budget Issues, State Fiscal Issues, and Capital Budgeting Procedures. Treasurer Kopp also was Vice-Chair of the National Commission on State and Local Budget and Finance Procedures and served as President of the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers. She is presently a Trustee of the Financial Accounting Foundation and serves on its Standard-Setting Process Oversight Committee. Additionally, Treasurer Kopp currently serves as co-chair of the National Association of State Treasurers' Banking Committee and on the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers' Membership Committee and Financial Management and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee.

A graduate of Wellesley College, Treasurer Kopp holds a master's degree in Government from the University of Chicago. In 2012, Treasurer Kopp was inducted into the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame and, in 2015, received the Wellesley College Alumnae Achievement Award, the highest honor given to alumnae for excellence and distinction in their fields of endeavor. Treasurer Kopp and her husband, Robert Kopp, live in Bethesda and have two adult children and three grandchildren.