Catherine Motz, a deputy chief of staff to Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), on Wednesday was named the new executive director of the CollegeBound Foundation, a nonprofit organization that seeks to increase the number of students in Baltimore going to college.

Her departure at the end of the year will be the latest by a senior staff member as the end of O’Malley’s tenure in Annapolis nears.

Motz, a Baltimore native, has served for nearly seven years in the O’Malley administration, previously holding positions as deputy legal counsel and interim director of the Governor’s Office for Children.

“I’m grateful that she spent so many years working with us on behalf of the citizens of Maryland, and I’m excited that she will continue her public service by advancing CollegeBound’s mission of helping more students from Baltimore City go to, and finish, college,” O’Malley said in a statement.

O’Malley, who is term-limited, must step down in January 2015. He is weighing a possible 2016 presidential bid.