Leadership Biographies

Kenneth C. Holt, Secretary

Kenneth C. Holt was appointed secr​etary of the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development by Governor Larry Hogan in 2015 after serving on the new administration's transition team. As secretary, he manages the state's housing finance, mortgage insurance, community development and building code programs.

Secretary Holt is a former member of the Maryland General Assembly where he served on the House Appropriations Committee and the subcommittee on education and economic development. During his 25-year career with Morgan Stanley in Baltimore, Secretary Holt served as senior vice president, branch manager and portfolio manager. He was previously chairman and chief financial officer of Traitify, a software development firm that was recognized by Maryland's Technology Development Corp. as the "most innovative" start-up company of 2013.

Secretary Holt gained on-the-ground experience with neighborhood revitalization, development and housing issues as a past member of the Baltimore County Master Plan Advisory Committee and a past president of his neighborhood civic association. His experience on the Baltimore County Human Relations Commission gives him a strong foundation in issues of fairness and housing equity.

Secretary Holt earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland College Park. He and his wife Mary operate a family farm in the Kingsville community in Baltimore County. The couple has two children.

Owen McEvoy, Deputy Secretary

Owen McEvoy is Deputy Secretary for the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) under Governor Larry Hogan.

Prior to his current role, he served as DHCD’s Director of Public Information where he managed a team of marketing, communications, outreach, business development and customer service professionals. During his tenure, he also directed a series of business development and marketing campaigns that have enabled the Maryland Mortgage Program to achieve more than $1 billion in mortgage reservations.

Before his time in Maryland state government, he served as Director of Media Relations and Public Information Officer for Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh, where he worked extensively on land use and development issues. He also served previously as a Deputy Communications Director and chief speechwriter for former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, and as an aide to former Maryland Governor Bob Ehrlich.

A graduate of Villanova University School of Law and Georgetown University, he resides in Anne Arundel County with his wife.

Carol A. Gilbert, Assistant Secretary

Division of Neighborhood Revitalization

Assistant Secretary, Carol A. Gilbert heads the Division of Neighborhood Revitalization, the office responsible for administering the majority of the department's community development and revitalization programs. Those include the Community Legacy, Strategic Demolition Fund and Community Development Block Grant programs.

Before joining the department, the assistant secretary served as both a program consultant and program officer with the Goldseker Foundation, specializing in providing investment strategies and community development expertise to support nonprofit organizations helping communities and individuals in the Baltimore metropolitan area. She is a former executive director of the Neighborhood Design Center, a 30 year-old nonprofit organization dedicated to providing lower income communities access to professional community design services. She also founded the Baltimore Homeownership Preservation Coalition, a public-private partnership working to prevent the loss of affordable housing due to mortgage foreclosure and predatory lending.

Assistant Secretary Gilbert received a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Virginia and a master's degree in architecture from the University of Maryland College Park's Graduate School of Architecture.

Matthew Heckles, Assistant Secretary

Division of Development Finance

Matthew HecklesMatthew Heckles joined the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development in September 2016 as Assistant Secretary of the Division of Development Finance and Director of the Community Development Administration. In this capacity, Mr. Heckles oversees the Department's single family mortgage, affordable rental housing financing, rental housing subsidy administration, special loan, energy, and small business lending programs. Prior to joining the department, Mr. Heckles served in state government in Delaware for more than fifteen years. Twelve of these years were spent in several roles at the Delaware State Housing Authority including as the Director of Policy and Planning and as the Director of Housing Finance. Mr. Heckles holds undergraduate degrees in Economics and International Relations and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Delaware. He brings a wealth of experience to his role as CDA Director, including program administration, mortgage financing, bond financing, policy development, legislative advocacy, strategic planning, community redevelopment and contract administration.

Roger A. Campos, Assistant Secretary

Project C.O.R.E. and Small Business Development

Roger CamposAppointed by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, Mr. Campos serves as Assistant Secretary for Project C.O.R.E (Creating Opportunities for Renewal & Enterprise) and small business development…an economic and revitalization initiative in Baltimore City to expand business and community growth, provide new green space, affordable housing, mixed- use development, encourage investment through attractive financing, generate jobs and strengthen the partnership between Baltimore and the State of Maryland. Prior thereto, Mr. Campos was appointed by the Governor serving in the Cabinet as Maryland’s first Business Ombudsman responsible for investigating and resolving complaints, issues or problems between businesses, economic development organizations, communities and federal, state, and local agencies; and overseeing and administering Maryland’s first customer service standards. 

Mr. Campos is the Founder and past President & CEO of the Minority Business RoundTable (MBRT), the first national organization for CEOs of the nation’s largest Asian American, Hispanic American, African American, and Native American-owned businesses. MBRT provides a national forum for CEOs of large and small, minority, veteran, HUBZone and women-owned businesses to address public policy issues; and serves as a unique resource on business issues including federal procurement, contracting, access to capital and coaching CEO’s on how to do business with large corporations, federal and state governments. 

Prior to serving 15 years as President & CEO of MBRT, Mr. Campos was Vice President of Government Relations for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities where he served as chief executive managing Washington, D.C. operations including overseeing the nationally recognized internship program that has educated more than 12,000 interns from over 500 colleges and universities. He is also Co-Founder of U.S. Hispanic Youth Entrepreneurship & Education, a non-profit to provide high school students leadership and career opportunities. 

He has a distinguished public service career having served four years in the White House, Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget setting up Presidential Commissions, Councils and reorganizations of federal programs; Special Assistant to the first Secretary of Energy; Consultant to the Administrator, Small Business Administration where he drafted the standard operating procedures for the U.S. federal government’s 8(a) minority business program; and served in the Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Agriculture. He has also served on Cabinet Energy Secretary and SBA appointed National Advisory Boards and is widely recognized as a national business leader on small business, supplier diversity, access to contracts and capital with federal, state, and local governments.

Mr. Campos holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the United States International University, California Western School of Law in San Diego, CA and a Bachelor of Arts degree in social sciences from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

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