Governor names new head of Office for Children

Gov. Martin O'Malley on Friday appointed the director of the "No Kid Hungry" state campaign to lead the Governor's Office for Children.

Anne Sheridan will take on the governor's goal to make Maryland the first state to end childhood hunger among its residents by 2015. The Office for Children also promotes youth health and wellness.

"In our state, we believe in our children growing healthy, growing educated, and growing strong," O'Malley said in a statement. "We know that Anne's wealth of knowledge and expertise will help us protect the priorities of Maryland's children and improve their quality of life so, together, we can give them the tools they need to build a better, stronger future."

Sheridan served as manager for Share Our Strength's "No Kid Hungry" campaign in Maryland for the last three years. Among her other experience, she has worked as co-chairwoman of the Maryland Partnership to End Childhood Hunger, was community relations director for Harrah's Entertainment Inc. and served on Sen. John Kerry's campaign for president in 2004.

Sheridan is a graduate of Georgetown University and Simmons College.

"I have seen [O'Malley's] commitment to investing in children through coordinated prevention, early intervention and community-based services, and I am thrilled at the opportunity to continue this important work," Sheridan said in a statement.

She replaced Rosemary King Johnston, who left the position in June.

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