​​Authority & Purpose

The Maryland Commission on Civil Rights (MCCR) is governed by a nine-member Commission appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Maryland State Senate. Title 20 of the State Government Article, Annotated Code of Maryland, provides that the Commission, in addition to its enforcement responsibilities, may hold hearings and initiate surveys to determine the scope of human relations problems, and to make recommendations for resolving them. Commission members are appointed to serve six-year terms. The Commission meets at least once a month to set policy and review programmatic initiatives.

Additionally, under State Government Article 49B, Section 2(a), Annotated Code of Maryland, the Commissioners submit a list of five candidates for Executive Director to the Governor, from which the Governor will make an appointment. Additionally, the Commission can recommend that the Governor remove the Executive Director by a two-thirds vote of the Commissioners.


  1. Gary Norman, Esq., Chairperson – Appointed March 16, 2012. Resides in Baltimore City. Term expires June 30, 2023.​
  2. Janssen E. Evelyn, Esq.Vice Chairperson - Appointed March 13, 2020. Resides in Howard County. Term expires June 30, 2025.​
  3. Diane E. Bernier, Commissioner – Appointed July 1, 2021. Resides in Howard County. Term expires June 30, 2027.
  4. Eileen M. Levitt, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Commissioner - Appointed March 8, 2019. Residents in Howard County. Term expires June 30, 2025.
  5. Rabbi Binyamin Marwick, Commissioner – Appointed April 12, 2018. Resides in Baltimore County. Term expires June 30, 2023.
  6. Magdalena S. Navarro, MSc, Commissioner - Appointed July 1, 2021. Resides in Montgomery County. Term expires June 30, 2027.
  7. Jeff Rosen, Commissioner - Appointed May 8, 2020. Resides in Montgomery County. Term expires June 30, 2025.
  8. Gina McKnight-Smith, PharmD, MBA, Commissioner – Appointed July 1, 2021. Resides in Baltimore County. Term expires June 30, 2027.
  9. Stephanie Suerth, MPA, CCEP, Commissioner - Appointed March 12, 2021. Resides in Baltimore City. Term expires June 30, 2023.

Commission Meeting Documents

The Commission meets on the second Tuesday of every month at MCCR's Baltimore Headquarters (unless otherwise noted on the agenda). The public is invited and encouraged to attend. All Commission Agendas and Minutes are available below, with the most recent documents appearing first.​

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