Ian J. Harlow began serving as Acting Commissioner of Professional and Occupational Affairs in December 2014. He was nominated for Commissioner by Governor Tom Wolf and confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate on June 26, 2015. He was appointed Acting Deputy Secretary for Regulatory Programs for the Department of State, effective September 24, 2018.
As Commissioner, Ian is responsible for carrying out the statutory duties set forth in the Administrative Code and is responsible for directing the staff of the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs charged with providing administrative support and services to the 29 Licensing Boards and Commissions within the Bureau’s jurisdiction. He also serves as a full, voting member on 27 of the Boards. Ian is primarily responsible for overseeing the day to day operations of the Bureau involving more than 350 employees, 250 board members, 978,000 licensees and an annual budget of $51.4 million.
Ian previously served as Deputy Commissioner of the Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislation. During that time, he was responsible for the daily operations of the Bureau, including the development of the budget, goals, policies, and procedures. He had direct oversight on multiple technical projects impacting operations including voting system certification, operation, and maintenance.
Prior to joining the Department of State, Ian served in numerous capacities as a senior consultant for various local, state, federal and presidential elections. Additionally, he served as an adjunct instructor at Duquesne University where he taught courses in Political Science, Government, and Elections.
Ian currently holds an Associate of Science degree in Web Programming, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interactive Media and Political Science and a Master of Arts degree in Social and Public Policy Analysis from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Ian resides in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, with his wife Whitney, son Parker and daughter Hayden.