Meet the Planning Staff: Randall Nixon

Meet the Staff

Photo courtesy of Maryland Transit Authority

Randall Nixon has served as Planning’s Associate Director of the Maryland Census  since 2018. Randall oversees engaging the business and faith-based communities throughout the state to ensure every Marylander is counted in the 2020 Census. COVID-19 has brought unexpected challenges to this role, as to Census efforts in general, but Randall says, “having also been a businessman throughout most of my career, it has been rewarding working with such diverse companies and faith-based organizations across Maryland in getting the word out about the importance of the U.S. Census to both commerce and our communities.

My emphasis while working with countless businesses, chambers of commerce, and faith-based groups has been on engaging minority-owned businesses and communities of color, as historically they have been among those considered to be in “hard to count,” or under-represented, areas.” 

Prior to coming to Planning, Randall worked as the Executive Director of the Maryland Office of Small Business Regulatory Assistance, and as Senior Business Ombudsman for Governor Larry Hogan. Before entering government service, Randall was – and still is – a farmer, lawyer, and a businessman. He and his family live on a 162-acre farm in Howard County that has a 70-acre solar complex which generates approximately 15 MWh of clean energy per year. A passionate advocate for small business, he served as an officer in the Howard County Chamber of Commerce for 8 years and has been a member for over 20 years. 

Randall has degrees from Cornell, Johns Hopkins and Indiana University Law School, and completed a certificate program at Harvard Business School. He has been an avid competitive cyclist for 37 years and has raced in Jamaica, Honduras, Mexico, Belize, and Canada. In 2017, he co-produced a film called “Walking While Black, The Movie” discussing racial profiling and how to bridge the gap between the police and communities. Despite all this, he insists his greatest accomplishment was getting his “two very expensive children” through Cornell during the Great Recession. 

Glad to have you on our team, Randall! 

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