The State Affairs team works with policymakers in Annapolis, Maryland, to advance the mission of Johns Hopkins, advocating for a strong research environment and increased funding and investment for the groundbreaking innovations that have made Johns Hopkins a world-renowned institution. 

 
Mary Clapsaddle

Mary Clapsaddle

Director, State Affairs

Mary has 20 years experience in State government with both the legislative and executive branches. She has served twice in the Department of Legislative Services, first as a budget and policy analyst and later as Legislative Manager, supervising a team of policy analysts. Between those tenures, she served as Director of Policy Development at the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (now known as the Maryland Department of Commerce) and as Assistant State Superintendent for Business Services at the Maryland State Department of Education. Most recently, Mary has been a senior capital planning analyst and Northwest district comprehensive planner with the Baltimore City Department of Planning.

Patrick Carlson

Sally McMillan Guy

Associate Director, State Affairs

Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, Sally worked for seven years at the Maryland General Assembly Department of Legislative Services. She was a senior policy analyst and legislative counsel to the House of Delegates Economic Matters Committee. Before joining the Department of Legislative Services, Sally clerked for the Homeless Person Representation Project, Inc. and the Maryland Office of the Public Defender. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maryland Carey School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Morgan State University. Sally is a member of the bar in Maryland.

Patrick Carlson

Patrick Carlson

Assistant Director, State Affairs

Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, Patrick worked as a senior policy analyst for the Maryland General Assembly, Department of Legislative Services, where he served as staff to the Senate Finance Committee. Before that, he served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Sally D. Adkins of the Court of Appeals of Maryland and for the Honorable Robert A. Zarnoch of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. Patrick received his law degree from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, and his bachelor's degree from the George Washington University. Patrick is a member of the bar in Maryland.

Sheila Higdon

Sheila Higdon

Associate Director, State Affairs

Sheila came to Johns Hopkins in March 1999. Since joining Hopkins in 1999, She has led the efforts to secure state funding for the Johns Hopkins Cigarette Restitution Fund Program. Her additional areas of focus include capital, health care professionals, health care facilities, and long term care. She previously held various administrative positions in the departments of medicine, surgery, and administration at Mercy Medical Center where she was employed for more than 25 years. She earned her associates degree from Villa Julie College and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Baltimore.

Annie Coble

Annie Coble

Policy Analyst, State Affairs

Annie was a health policy analyst at the Maryland Department of Health, responsible for developing and implementing policies for the Behavioral Health Unit in the Medicaid program. She also has legislative experience, having previously serves as a legislative research assistant for the Maryland Association of Counties. Annie holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Studies and Bachelor of Social Work from Monmouth University and a Master of Social Work in Health Policy from Boston College.

Mickey Geisler

Mickey Geisler

Administrative Coordinator, State Affairs

After graduating from Annapolis High School, Mickey spent the beginning of her career working as an assistant with the Maryland Association of Counties. She then joined the Hopkins team where she has worked in government relations for the past 15 years.

 
 

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