I’ve been active as a volunteer for over twenty years, which I consider to be a big part of my education in terms of preparing me for service on the Council. I am a former board president at both Citizens Planning and Housing Association and Strong City Baltimore (back when it was the Greater Homewood Community Corporation), and have served on the boards of the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Johns Hopkins Society of Black Alumni, the Radnor-Winston Improvement Association, and the Mobtown Players theater company. A longtime advocate for strengthening the York-Greenmount corridor, I co-chaired the Greenmount Avenue Revitalization Task Force while at Greater Homewood and have served on the steering committee for the York Road Partnership.
I graduated from Loyola University, where I completed a Master’s of Business Administration degree with a concentration in finance. My undergraduate degree from the Johns Hopkins University is in social & behavioral sciences, with concentrations in urban studies and public policy. A proud alumnus of the Greater Baltimore Committee’s LEADERship program, I also graduated from Loyola-Blakefield High School’s honors program and St. Mary’s parish school in Govans. As far as I know, I’m the only councilperson to have graduated from two of the schools in their district, although St. Mary’s parish school is now closed. My wife Ruth and I were married at St. Mary’s; the former parish school building is now used as Tunbridge Public Charter School, where our daughters, Claudia and Amelia, are enrolled.
Before being elected to represent North and Northeast Baltimore’s 4th District in 2007, I spent eight years working in community development at the Patterson Park Community Development Corporation. Prior to that, I spent about seven years as staff in City Hall, first interning in the Mayor’s office under Kurt Schmoke and then in the City Council President’s office, working my way up from legislative aide under Mary Pat Clarke to chief of staff under Lawrence Bell. I also served as a congressional aide to Ben Cardin between “tours of duty” in City Hall, later working in the private sector as a consultant, concentrating in organizational development and government & community relations.
As a member of the City Council, I represent the Council on Baltimore City’s Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation; in the previous term, I was the Council’s first African-American representative on the City’s Planning Commission. My committee assignments include being chair of the Housing & Community Development committee, vice chair of both the Taxation, Finance & Economic Development and Education & Youth committees, and a member of both the Judiciary & Legislative Investigations and Land Use & Transportation committees.
Throughout my schooling, my career, and my civic engagement, my goal has always been to figure out how Baltimore could be better and then make it happen; I have spent most of my adult life working with individuals and organizations similarly committed to that goal. Whether that effort was focused on the neighborhoods of Greater Homewood, the York-Greenmount Corridor, Patterson Park, or the City as a whole, all of the various takeaways from those endeavors – and my work on the Council to date – have contributed to making me the best candidate to keep representing the 4th District in Baltimore City Council.