Sally McMillan Robb

By AFRO Staff

Maryland history was made recently when a Morgan State University alumna was named the first Black chief of staff to the state Senate president.

Effective Aug. 1, Sally McMillan Robb will take over as the top staffer of Senate President Bill Ferguson, succeeding Yaakov “Jake” Weissmann, who held the position for three years.

“I am honored to continue serving in this new role and look forward to building on the tremendous foundation of collaboration that embodies the institution of the Senate of Maryland,” she said in a statement.

A lawyer by training, Robb served alongside Weissmann as deputy chief of staff since 2019. She began her career in Annapolis working in the Department of Legislative Services in November 2011, including serving as Counsel to the House Economic Matters Committee. She also previously served as associate director of state affairs for Johns Hopkins University and Medicine, and obtained her bachelor’s degree from Morgan State University, a Maryland HBCU, and her law degree from the University of Maryland Carey School of Law.

 “Sally has a keen understanding of policy and the legislative processes that has been so important to the Senate’s historic success,” said Senate President Ferguson. “Sally understands the bipartisan nature of the Senate, has deep relationships on both sides of the aisle, and will provide stable leadership as we head into the final year of this term. She will continue the work of departing Chief of Staff, Jake Weissmann, whose talents, skills, and collegiality have so effectively helped the Senate of Maryland achieve immense progress in the face of historic transitions and a global pandemic.”

Robb’s pioneering spirit may be inherited—her grandmother was Enolia P. McMillan, the Baltimore civil rights icon who became the first woman president of the national NAACP, serving from 1984 to 1990, according to Maryland Matters.

She lives in Baltimore with her husband and two dogs.

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