Commissioners Welcome Nancy Schwendeman as New Workforce Development Specialist

Nancy Schwendeman

Snow Hill, Maryland (April 21, 2022) – The commissioners welcome Nancy Schwendeman as the new workforce development specialist within Worcester County Economic Development (WCED). She stepped into her new role on March 28. Schwendeman earned a bachelor’s degree in hotel and restaurant business management. She brings 36 years of experience in the hospitality industry to her new position.

“We are thrilled to bring on Nancy as part of the Tourism and Economic Development team,” Tourism and Economic Development Director Melanie Pursel said. “She brings an outstanding set of skills, solid experience, and excellent relationships in the Worcester region. She will truly be an asset as we move forward to address the workforce and training needs of our community.”

Prior to joining WCED, Schwendeman worked with the Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce, where she served as the publications manager and later as the interim director and then deputy director. In her new role, Schwendeman will oversee the county’s workforce development initiatives to educate and train individuals to meet the needs of current and future businesses and industries offering livable wages. Her primary responsibilities will include creating, managing, and delivering workforce development programs and services.

“I am so excited to be working for Worcester County Economic Development,” Schwendeman said. “I look forward to partnering with the businesses and industries throughout the county and offering the services and support they need.”

Schwendeman will serve as the primary liaison with local, state, and federal partners, including Worcester Technical High School, area chambers of commerce, Maryland Department of Commerce, DLLR, Small Business Development Center, and the Small Business Association.

In addition to her professional accomplishments, Schwendeman is an active member of the community. She serves on the Worcester County Public Schools Improvement & Advisory Committee and is a Relay for Life volunteer. She previously served as an assistant coach for Pop Warner Cheerleading and is a former troop leader for the Girl Scouts of America.

For additional information about the programs and services available through WCED, call 410-632-1220 or visit