Courtesy: Brandon for Baltimore

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.

Erricka Bridgeford, founder of Baltimore Ceasefire, which rallies residents every three months to stop killings in Baltimore for one weekend, will co-chair the public health and safety committee.

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
Dante Barksdale
Kirby Fowler
Leonard Hamm
Ray Kelly
Isaac Klein
Dorothy Lennig
Dayvon Love
Bob Maloney
Ganesha Martin
Andrew Muhammad
Tré Murphy
Martha Nathanson
Destini Philpot
Wally Pinkard
James Timpson
Joshua Turner
Lydia Walther-Rodriguez
Robin Weiss
Brandon Wharton

Business, Workforce & Neighborhood Development:
Strengthening Neighborhoods and Businesses
Gerald Jackson, Co-Chair
Shelonda Stokes, Co-Chair
Rahn Barnes
Wallace Beal
P. David Bramble
Mark Caplan
Ivy Dench-Carter
Terence Dickson
Andy Frank
Maurice Good
Will Holman
Michael Hunter
Cheo Hurley
Yolanda Jiggetts
Jermaine Jones
Joseph T. Jones, Jr.
Venroy July
Jamie McDonald
Robert A. Manekin
Monica Mitchell
Nneka N’namdi
Amran Pasha
Tim Regan
Khaled Said
Bryce Taylor
Javier von Westphalen
Caryn York

Fiscal Preparedness:
Aligning Resources to Ensure Fiscal Stability and Innovation
Thomasina “Tomi” Hiers, Co-Chair
Mark Kaufman, Co-Chair
Terrell Boston Smith
Marc Broady
Michael Castagnola
Andy Flacks
Helene Grady
Rian Hargrave
Jeanne Hitchcock
Jenny Hope
Talib Horne
William L. Jews
John Lewis
Glenard S. Middleton Sr.
Shalita O’Neale
David Robins
Mark Sapperstein
Doug Schmidt
Ty’lor M. Schnella
Ben Seigel
Amy Seto
Madeleine Stokes
Caroline Sturgis
Giuliana Valencia-Banks
Yasmin Viera
Mark Washington
David Kwabena Wilson

Education & Youth Recreation:
Expanding Opportunities for Youth
James H. DeGraffenreidt, Jr., Co-Chair
Shantay Jackson, Co-Chair
Jabari Bush
Laura Phillips Byrd
Courtney Cass
Damion Cooper
Thomas Cooper
Lynnea Cornish
Ashley Day
Faviola Donato-Galindo
Legacy Forte
Joe Francaviglia
Karrell Goines
Elizabeth Handy
Lucia Islas
Giovanni Marcantoni
Kevin McCloskey
Debra McCurdy
Lance “L.C.” Morrow
Jesús Eusebio Pérez
Rudy Ruiz
Kate Scherr-Adams
Roger Schulman
Garfield Thompson
Ramon Valentine
Alexandria Warrick Adams
Corey Witherspoon
Nkenge Yasin

Housing & Neighborhood Development:
Increasing Access to Affordable Housing
Richard Manekin, Co-Chair
Ernst Valery, Co-Chair
Terrel Askew
Joanna Jane Bartholomew
Lisa Budlow
Kathy Christian
Rita Crews
Adria Crutchfield
Kevin Daniels
Christina Schoppert Devereux
Charles Duff
Dan Ellis
Jason Filippou
Susan Francis
Matt Hill
Seema Iyer
David Karceski
Larry Jennings
Dana Johnson
Calvin Keene
Kobi Little
Howard Majev
Ashiah Parker
Otis Rolley
Mark Sissman
Khalil Uqdah
Bowen Valery
Tamika Winkler

Transportation & Infrastructure:
Reinvigorating Our Transportation andInfrastructure
Celeste Chavis, Co-Chair
Liz Cornish, Co-Chair
Rick Binetti
Chance Carter
Mark Edelson
Earl El-Amin
Janet Eveland
Margaret Fulcher
Alexandra Grayson
Josh Greenfeld
Anwer Hasan
Lenzie Johnson III
Montrae Jones
Richard Klein
Veronica Macbeth
Joe McAndrew
Samuel F. Minnitte Jr.
Brian O’Malley
Anikwenze Ogbue
Nadia Owusu
Chris Palazzi
Traceé Strum-Gilliam
Aaron Tomarchio
Adrea Turner
Michele Whelley

Human Services:
Prioritizing Our People
Shamoyia Gardiner, Co-Chair
Chuck Tildon, Co-Chair
Molly Amster
Quinton Askew
Julia Baez
Nancy Blackwell
I’Shea Boyd
Melissa Buckley
Jamesha Caldwell
Marly Cardona Moz
Harold Carter, Jr.
Zainab Chaudry
Iya Dammons
Vincent DeMarco
Monalisa Diallo
Jessica Dickerson
Rajani Gudlavalleti
Mónica Guerrero Vázquez
Stacey Jefferson
Jobi Kelber-Kaye
Howard Libit
Kevin Lindamood
William “Bill” McCarthy, Jr.
James Nelson, Jr.
Carlos Ricardo Ortiz
Nancy Smith
Robin Truiett-Theodorson
Rachel White

Governance Structure & Operations:
Rethinking Governmental Operations
Casey Brent, Co-Chair
Ralph Tyler, Co-Chair
Elizabeth Alex
Marlon Amprey
Antoine Banks
John Brothers
Eleanor Carey
Charly Carter
Taylor Beckham
Tiffany Davis
Renell Dixon
Jason Hardebeck
Malcolm Heflin
Jon Laria
Robyn Murphy
Aeirss Prince
Ronnie Rosenbluth
Jesse Salazar
Stephen Salsbury
Emily Scarr
Ken Ulman
Calvin A. Young

Environment & Sustainability:
Protecting Natural Resources
Phil Croskey, Co-Chair
Mary Grant, Co-Chair
Kai Abelkis
Jenn Aiosa
Will Baker
Shashawnda Campbell
Sean D. Davis
Cody Dorsey
Rianna Eckel
Scott Goldman
Jack Haden
Ed Hatcher
Jonathan Kosobucki
Jennifer Kunze
Steve Lafferty
Adam Lindquist
Jakir Manela
Rich Norling
Ben Rupert
Greg Sawtell
Dante Swinton
Danyelle Tauryce Ireland
Allison Wilson

Arts & Culture:
Valuing Creative Hubs and Cultural Institutions
Graham Coreil-Allen, Co-Chair
Jessica Solomon, Co-Chair
Elissa Blount Moorhead
Lady Brion
Derrick Chase
Nicholas Cohen
Navasha Daya
Quanice Floyd
Krista Green
Denise Griffin Johnson
Arianna Hawthorne-Cox
Adam Holofcener
Eze Jackson
Jeffrey Johnson
Vincent Lancisi
Julia Marciari-Alexander
Joanne Martin
Aaron Maybin
Sheena Morrison
Asma Naeem
DJ QuickSilva
John Racanelli
Susan Schuster
Ernest Shaw Jr.
Savannah Wood
Maggie Villegas
Stephanie Ybarra
Clair Zamoiski Segal

Avatar photo

Marcus Dieterle

Marcus Dieterle is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. He returned to Baltimore in 2020 after working as the deputy editor of the Cecil Whig newspaper in Elkton, Md. He can be reached at