Theresa Kuhns serves as Chief Executive Officer for The Maryland Municipal League (MML), a professional association serving as the voice for Maryland’s cities and towns. MML represents the voice of over 1.5 million Marylanders and empowers local elected officials with various education and engagement opportunities. As CEO, Kuhns is responsible for the day-to-day management of the association, overall board governance and has the honor to lead the 15 member staff team in its practice areas inclusive of member engagement, education, events and advocacy.
In addition to her executive role, Kuhns also serves as a Board of Trustee for the Local Government Insurance Trust and Board of Trustee for NLC Mutual Insurance Company. Kuhns was also appointed to co-chair a transition team for incoming Maryland Comptroller Brooke Lierman with a focus on engaging local governments.
Previously, Kuhns served as the Vice President of Government Affairs for the Southern Maryland Association of Realtors®. SMAR advocates on behalf of 170,000 property owners in Southern Maryland and Kuhns represented SMAR members at the local, state and national level. Her 20+ years public affairs background includes her tenure with the United States Chamber of Commerce, where she spent several election cycles managing its national political program and fundraising efforts with great success. She then moved on to take the helm of the national chairman's office, strategically marketing Board leadership on the ground, both domestically and internationally. Kuhns worked with the Greater Washington Board of Trade in a similar management role directing member involvement, board governance and events teams. She next moved to the private sector at Aristotle International, managing a professional services team of 12, representing over 90 clients, and a multi-million-dollar budget. Kuhns served as one of the first women on the senior management team.
Kuhns has served on the Calvert County Economic Development Authority; United Way of Southern Maryland Board of Directors; United Way of Southern Maryland merger and executive search committees; and the Calvert County Chamber of Commerce Business Advisory Group. She previously was a member of the Charles County Military Alliance Council and an active participant in the Rural Maryland Council. Additionally, Kuhns completed a two-year appointment service on the National Association of Realtors Government Affairs Advisory Committee. She is a proud graduate of Leadership Southern Maryland Class of 2019, Georgetown University McDonough School of Business Executive Leadership Program 2005 and Kutztown University of Pennsylvania 2001. Kuhns and her family reside in Huntingtown, MD.