Nancy Kornblith Kopp ’65
Effective Politician, Distinguished Public Servant
Nancy Kornblith Kopp’65 is the consummate public servant. She began her political career serving 27 years in the Maryland state legislature where her colleagues named her one of the ten most effective members. In 2002 she was elected State Treasurer and is now in her third consecutive elected term. She is only the second woman to be elected State Treasurer in Maryland and currently the only woman serving in a Constitutional Office in the state. It has been said that for over four decades, Kopp has been a “pillar of strength” in Maryland’s state government, bringing humanity, integrity and a keen intellect to Maryland politics, and earning the highest respect from both parties. She’s praised as a leader among peers, a devoted and inspiring mentor to women in state government and to other state treasurers.
Among her many accomplishments, Kopp is credited with playing a leading role in Maryland consistently maintaining its prestigious Triple A Bond rating and for leading the state’s Retirement and Pension System through the recession when a series of bad legislatives decisions created a significant unfunded liability. Kopp also sits on the three-member Board of Public Works, which approves all state contracts, and chairs numerous state financial planning committees.
Kopp’s leadership and effectiveness is also well established nationally. She was elected as Treasurer of the National Association of State Treasurers (“NAST”). In 2012, Kopp was the recipient of NAST’s Jesse M. Unruh Award for outstanding service to the association, the profession and the State of Maryland.
In recognition of her long standing commitment to education, President Clinton appointed Kopp to serve on the National Assessment Governing Board from 1998-2002, the entity that gives the nation a “report card” for its educational programs and initiatives. Kopp is also the founder of the Women Legislators of Maryland, where she advocates for female leadership in the legislature.
In 2012, she was inducted into the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame for her leadership and championing of pension and savings planning for the State of Maryland. Recognizing her distinguished career in finance and budgeting, in 2014 the Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF) appointed Kopp to its Board of Trustees. The FAF is the independent, private-sector organization responsible for the oversight of accounting standards for the private and public sectors.
She has received numerous awards for her public service including awards from the League of Women Voters, and the Maryland Victim Advocacy Network. She has received honorary degrees from Goucher College, Hood College, University of Maryland at Baltimore, University of Maryland University College and Towson University.
A Political Science major at Wellesley, Kopp received her Master’s degree in Government from the University of Chicago.