Margia Argüello, Co-Chair

Senior Manager, Business Development, Office of BioHealth and Life Sciences
Maryland Department of Commerce

Margia A. Argüello joined the Maryland Department of Commerce in June 2021 as a Senior Business Development Manager in the Office of Life Sciences. She leads efforts to cultivate and coordinate opportunities to retain and expand life science businesses in Maryland, as well as attracting new businesses and sustaining high-quality jobs for the citizens of the state.

Before joining Commerce, she was the Associate Director of Innovation Initiatives at Johns Hopkins University Development and Alumni Relations, where she focused on supporting Hopkins entrepreneurs and designed platforms that engaged students, faculty, and alumni in the innovation ecosystem.

As an Associate at Johns Hopkins Medicine International (JHI), she managed knowledge transfer and consulting projects for hospitals in Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean. She worked with health care teams in Trinidad and Tobago, Chile, Peru, Panama, and Bermuda, and with groups from Canada, Colombia, and Brazil to elevate health leadership and establish health centers.

Prior to joining JHI, while at the Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for Human Nutrition – Department of International Health, Argüello oversaw laboratory operations for a research group conducting micronutrient trials among women of reproductive age and infants in rural Southeast Asia and Africa. Special projects included work in rural Zambia for a child nutrition study. With her public health group, she authored and co-authored several research articles published in scientific journals including The Journal of Nutrition, Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, and American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

Argüello is fluent in English and Spanish. As a board director at the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (MDHCC), she chairs the scholarship committee, creating education opportunities for Hispanic students in Maryland. She was named one of Maryland’s Leading Women for 2020 by The Daily Record.

She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Society from Cornell University and a Master of Science in Biotechnology and a Master of Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University, where she was in the Leadership Development Program (LDP) Cohort 22 and is a current Carey Business Leadership Society pledger.