Allison Mayer has served complex, public-facing organizations for nearly two decades, utilizing her expertise in public affairs, economic development, project management, and government relations. She has a strong reputation for successfully launching new programs, building brands, delivering value to clients, and avoiding damaging public relations issues.
Prior to joining Womble Bond Dickinson, Allison served as the Deputy Chief of Staff and Infrastructure Director for former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan. In those roles, she helped guide the Administration’s strategy to achieve many of Gov. Hogan’s top priorities, including implementing the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law in the state. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she managed a multi-agency response and recovery strategy and shepherded multiple rounds of economic relief to help Maryland small businesses and non-profit organizations.
Before joining the Governor’s office, Allison was Managing Director of Marketing and Communications at the Maryland Department of Commerce, where she led marketing, media relations, public affairs, and advertising to promote the state’s unique assets to the broader business community. She served as a key member of the team in several major projects, including Maryland’s bid for Amazon’s HQ2, with Maryland as a Top 20 finalist. She additionally was appointed the first Executive Director of the Maryland Marketing Partnership, the public-private organization that launched the award-winning “Maryland: Open for Business” campaign.
Before her move to Maryland, Allison led strategic communications and global marketing activities at the South Carolina Department of Commerce for former Gov. Nikki Haley, where she was involved in the recruitment of Volvo’s first North American manufacturing facility to the Charleston region. Earlier in her career, Allison was responsible for public relations and community affairs for the South Carolina Ports Authority and served as the port’s official spokesperson.
Government Relations Experience
- State of Maryland, Office of Gov. Larry Hogan, Deputy Chief of Staff (2019-2023) and Infrastructure Director (2022-2023)
- Maryland Department of Commerce, Managing Director of Marketing and Communications and Executive Director of the Maryland Marketing Partnership (2015-2019)
- South Carolina Department of Commerce, Director of Marketing and Communications (2013-2015)
- South Carolina Ports Authority, Manager – Public Relations (2012-2013) and PR Associate (2004-2011)