Renee Winsky

Renee Winsky, new president and CEO of Leadership Maryland. Photo courtesy Leadership Maryland (Photo courtesy Leadership Maryla, Baltimore Sun / July 10, 2013)

Renee M. Winsky of Davidsonville has been named president and CEO of Leadership Maryland, a statewide leadership development program.

She replaces Nancy Minieri, who founded the organization in 1992. Minieri announced in March that she will retire at the end of this year.

Winsky is a 2005 graduate of Leadership Maryland. In the yearlong program, participants learn about problems and opportunities facing the state. More than 900 people have taken the course, including elected officials, business executives, educators and nonprofit directors.

Winsky was previously executive director of the Chesapeake Innovation Center, a technology business incubator in Annapolis. She has worked for nearly 30 years in the public and private sector, including serving as CEO of the Tech Council of Maryland and as executive director of the Maryland Technology Development Corp.

She was chosen by a 10-member search committee, comprised of the present and some past chairs of the Leadership Maryland Board of Directors. Winsky and Minieri will work together during a transition period from September through the end of 2013.