The Honorable Nancy K. Kopp Treasurer of Maryland
Elected in February 2002, and re-elected to full four-year terms in 2003, 2007 and 2011, 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 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 College Savings Plans of Maryland 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 Small Business Development Financing Authority and the Hall of Records Commission. 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, Maryland 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, Subcommittee on Pensions, and 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.
Treasurer Kopp has been active in numerous national, regional and state organizations and boards over the years, primarily focused on finance, education, and fiscal matters. Appointed by President Clinton to the National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees the National Assessment of Educational Progress (the "Nation's Report Card"), Treasurer Kopp also served as Treasurer of the Southern Regional Education Board and chaired its Commission on Educational Quality. She served on the Executive Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures and chaired 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. Currently, she is the Eastern Regional Vice President of the National Association of State Treasurers and is a member of its Legislative Committee. She also served a one year term as President of the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers. Treasurer Kopp was nominated to serve as an Executive Committee member of The Council of State Governments/Eastern Regional Conference (CSG/ERC) in May 2011 and was reappointed to the committee in 2012 and 2013. In January 2014, she was reappointed to serve as an at-large member of the Executive Committee for a 1-year term. In November 2013, she was appointed to The Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF) Board of Trustees for a term that extends to December 31, 2018.
A graduate of Wellesley College, Treasurer Kopp holds a master's degree in Government from the University of Chicago. She also has received honorary doctorate degrees from Goucher College, Hood College, the University of Maryland at Baltimore, the University of Maryland University College and Towson University. She is an honorary Alumna of the University of Maryland, College Park. In March 2012, Treasurer Kopp was inducted into the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame. Treasurer Kopp has been selected to receive the Wellesley College Alumnae Achievement Award for 2015. This Award is 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 two grandchildren.