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Ethnic Commissions

The Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives (GOCI) engages Maryland communities through the governor’s seven ethnic and cultural commissions to deliver the voices of Marylanders to the Hogan administration, connect the administration with Marylanders, and alert the administration about real-time needs of communities in Maryland.


Governor’s Commission on African Affairs
Governor’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs
Governor’s Commission on Hispanic Affairs
Governor’s Commission on Middle Eastern American Affairs
Governor’s Commission on South Asian American Affairs
Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture
Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs

Click each commission’s page to read and download annual reports.


Over 100 commissioners represent more than 40% of the total population in Maryland and have the unique ability to engage with the 18% of the total population of Maryland who are multilingual, bilingual, and non-English and limited-English speakers. The commissioners engage the more than 2.7 million Marylanders of diverse communities by sharing resources available across Maryland. Read the commissioners’ recent Impact Report here

GO SEE Initiative: Sharing State Resources

Through the “GO SEE” Initiative (GO Serve & Educate Ethnic Communities), the commissioners share many statewide resources offered by the Hogan administration with respective community members.

Public Meetings

If you would like to attend public meetings of the commissions and join the GO SEE (GO Serve & Educate Ethnic Communities) Initiative, visit the commission page above, visit the events calendar, or contact

“Your Success is Maryland’s Success” Series

The Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives launches its “Your Success is Maryland’s Success” series online. As a Marylander representing other Marylanders, each commissioner has contributed to the economic growth, social justice, diversity, heritage, culture, and community prosperity of Maryland. Their lives have been a service to Maryland and their stories show that Maryland’s success indeed comes from Marylanders and depends on Marylanders. If you are a commissioner and want to share your story, please fill out this form.

Customer Service Promise

The State of Maryland pledges to provide constituents, businesses, customers, and stakeholders with friendly and courteous, timely and responsive, accurate and consistent, accessible and convenient, and truthful and transparent services.
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