Mayor-elect Brandon Scott’s transition steering committee members comprise a mix of seasoned professionals and younger members, all tasked with tackling an assortment of topics and issues in Baltimore City.
Scott on Tuesday announced the members of that team, which is made up of 10 committees: public health and public safety; business, workforce and neighborhood development; fiscal preparedness; education and youth recreation; housing and neighborhood development; transportation and infrastructure; human services; governance structure and operations; environment and sustainability; and arts and culture.
“I have asked this group to serve because of their leadership, creativity and willingness to break down silos and work together in service of the greater good,” Scott said in a statement. “I have confidence in this team and look forward to working closely with them in the coming months as we build a new way forward for Baltimore.”
The transition team’s volunteer members, committee co-chairs and steering committee members will work together to interview stakeholders and determine priorities in each of their focus areas. By early February, the committees will recommend short-term and long-term actions for the administration to take during Scott’s first term in office.
Scott said that his transition team will help usher in changes to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and other issues that have been exacerbated by the health crisis.
“Baltimore residents do not want the status quo or a continuation of the failed policies of the past,” he said. “My transition team as a whole will have to consider how we build a better city while navigating the devastating public health and economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, something that layers on Baltimore’s existing inequities and unrelenting violence epidemic.”
Each committee includes at least one person under 24 years old. The committees are staffed by Morgan State University graduate assistants and will receive research and data analysis support from Johns Hopkins Centers for Civic Impact.
Among the other members of that committee is Walter “Wally” Pinkard, senior adviser at commercial real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield and previously chairman and CEO of Colliers Pinkard. Pinkard also serves on boards and committees for several other Baltimore organizations, including as vice president of the Leonard & Helen R. Stulman Charitable Foundation, chair of the Hippodrome Foundation, and chair of the National Advisory Council of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.
Downtown Partnership President Shelonda Stokes will co-chair the committee on business, workforce and neighborhood development, while Bikemore Executive Director Liz Cornish will co-chair the transportation and infrastructure committee.
Former Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, who is also a part-owner of Baltimore Fishbowl, will serve as a member of the governance structure and operations committee alongside names such as Emily Scarr, executive director of Maryland PIRG, a nonprofit that works to protect consumers and promote good government.
Dante Swinton, a former Baltimore mayoral candidate and an environmental justice researcher and community organizer with Philadelphia-based nonprofit Energy Justice Network, will serve as a member of the environment and sustainability committee alongside members such as Adam Lindquist, director of the Waterfront Partnership’s Healthy Harbor Initiative. Will Baker, the president of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, will also sit on the committee.
The arts and culture committee will be co-chaired by Graham Coreil-Allen, a public artist and founder of Graham Projects, and Jessica Solomon, founder of Art in Praxis. It also features members such as Julia Marciari-Alexander, executive director and CEO of the Walters Art Museum; Stephanie Ybarra, artistic director of Baltimore Center Stage; and Aaron Maybin, ex-NFL linebacker, art teacher and activist.
The nine transition committee co-chairs were announced in October.
Public Health & Public Safety:
Reimagining Public Safety and Public Accountability
Erricka Bridgeford, Co-Chair
Daniel Webster, Co-Chair
Business, Workforce & Neighborhood Development:
Strengthening Neighborhoods and Businesses
Gerald Jackson, Co-Chair
Shelonda Stokes, Co-Chair
P. David Bramble
Joseph T. Jones, Jr.
Robert A. Manekin
Javier von Westphalen
Aligning Resources to Ensure Fiscal Stability and Innovation
Thomasina “Tomi” Hiers, Co-Chair
Mark Kaufman, Co-Chair
Terrell Boston Smith
William L. Jews
Glenard S. Middleton Sr.
Ty’lor M. Schnella
David Kwabena Wilson
Education & Youth Recreation:
Expanding Opportunities for Youth
James H. DeGraffenreidt, Jr., Co-Chair
Shantay Jackson, Co-Chair
Laura Phillips Byrd
Lance “L.C.” Morrow
Jesús Eusebio Pérez
Alexandria Warrick Adams
Housing & Neighborhood Development:
Increasing Access to Affordable Housing
Richard Manekin, Co-Chair
Ernst Valery, Co-Chair
Joanna Jane Bartholomew
Christina Schoppert Devereux
Transportation & Infrastructure:
Reinvigorating Our Transportation andInfrastructure
Celeste Chavis, Co-Chair
Liz Cornish, Co-Chair
Lenzie Johnson III
Samuel F. Minnitte Jr.
Prioritizing Our People
Shamoyia Gardiner, Co-Chair
Chuck Tildon, Co-Chair
Marly Cardona Moz
Harold Carter, Jr.
Mónica Guerrero Vázquez
William “Bill” McCarthy, Jr.
James Nelson, Jr.
Carlos Ricardo Ortiz
Governance Structure & Operations:
Rethinking Governmental Operations
Casey Brent, Co-Chair
Ralph Tyler, Co-Chair
Calvin A. Young
Environment & Sustainability:
Protecting Natural Resources
Phil Croskey, Co-Chair
Mary Grant, Co-Chair
Sean D. Davis
Danyelle Tauryce Ireland
Arts & Culture:
Valuing Creative Hubs and Cultural Institutions
Graham Coreil-Allen, Co-Chair
Jessica Solomon, Co-Chair
Elissa Blount Moorhead
Denise Griffin Johnson
Ernest Shaw Jr.
Clair Zamoiski Segal