Board of Directors


Chairperson Mike Beland

Mike Beland

Mike Beland is an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law and a Senior Manager at Deloitte & Touche LLP. At the School of Law he teaches courses that support semester-long internships on Capitol Hill and educated students on Congressional procedure. A nationally recognized homeland and national security expert, at Deloitte & Touche Beland advises public- and private-sector clients on physical and cyber security risks. He lives in Montgomery County with his wife, two daughters, and golden retriever.

Before entering the private sector and non-profit worlds, Mike held senior positions in the legislative and executive branches of the U.S. government, including his appointment by President Barack Obama to serve as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Infrastructure Protection where he helped to lead the management and policy development of the 1,000-person organization. As an attorney for the Committee on Homeland Security in the U.S. House of Representatives, he helped to author several pieces of legislation, including the Implementing the Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007, the Chemical Facility Security Act of 2009, and the Transportation Security Administration Authorization Act of 2009.

Mike graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2001; attended the London School of Economics and Political Science; and graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law in 2004. He is licensed to practice law in the State of New Hampshire.

Vice Chair Dr. Shivonne Laird

Shivonne LairdShivonne L. Laird, PhD, MPH, is a Program Officer for the Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Laird is responsible for strategic decision-making and high-level management and monitoring of the program, its funded projects, and program activities that advance PCORI’s Engagement mission.

Prior to joining PCORI, Laird was a senior advisor in the Office of Legislation of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). As a liaison between HRSA and members of Congress and their staff, her work included advising office, agency, and department senior leadership on legislative analysis, policy, and programmatic activities. She has also worked in academic settings, conducting qualitative and quantitative research related to disparities in health and healthcare, and presenting results to technical and non-technical audiences. Laird’s work focused on health workforce shortages, as well as interpersonal aspects of care, such as patient-centeredness.

Laird received a BA in biological sciences, with a minor in sociology, from the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. She has earned an MPH in international health policy and management from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Laird has also earned a PhD in health behavior and society, with a concentration in health communication, from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Secretary Kurt Sommer

Kurt SommerKurt Sommer is the Director of the Baltimore Integration Partnership (BIP), a collaborative partnership of anchor institutions, funders, nonprofits and public organizations focused on establishing economic inclusion as the business culture of norm in the Baltimore region. The BIP is supported by national and local partners and is a part of the Living Cities Integration Initiative.

Prior to joining the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers, Kurt held positions in public policy and research with the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, Baltimore Housing, and the Brookings Institution. Kurt holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Washington College and a Master of Community Planning degree from the University of Maryland. He is a Baltimore native and is married with one child.


Treasurer Joseph A. Morgan III

Joseph MorganJoseph Morgan is a management analyst with the Department of Defense, specializing in workforce data analysis, project management, and strategic workforce planning.  He is also a volunteer in the community, participating in area ministries for the under-served, such as Food for Families and the 20/30 ministry at Reid Temple AME Church, where he is a proud member. He is married and currently resides in Prince George’s County.

Joseph was born and raised in Washington, D.C., and the surrounding Maryland suburbs, graduating from Eleanor Roosevelt High School.  He has continued to earn multiple collegiate degrees, including his most recent, a Master’s in finance from the University of Maryland, College Park.  Morgan looks to continue to marry professional experience with his academic training to expand financial acumen throughout the state of Maryland.


General Board Members

Seema Iyer

Seema IyerSeema D. Iyer is associate director and research assistant professor for the Jacob France Institute in the University of Baltimore’s Merrick School of Business and has overseen the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance since 2011. She is co-chair and teaches in the University of Baltimore’s Real Estate & Economic Development program. She lives in Howard County.

Dr. Iyer holds a Ph.D. in urban and regional planning from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, specializing in comprehensive and strategic planning for community development. She serves on several community-oriented boards including Baltimore City Head Start and the Baltimore Community Foundation Neighborhoods Committee. In 2010, the Daily Record recognized her as one of Maryland’s Leading Women.

Prior to joining UB, Seema served as Chief of Research & Strategic Planning for Baltimore City’s Planning Department and was responsible for data and policy analysis, geographic information systems services and population forecasting. She spearheaded the city’s 2010 Census Complete Count Campaign as well as other planning processes such as the 2009 Food Policy Task Force and the 2008 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. She earned her MA in regional science and BA in mathematics and Russian studies, both from the University of Pennsylvania.


Damian Mosley

Damian MosleyDamian Mosley is a small business owner and Baltimore City resident. His food business operates primarily at two city farmers markets, though it also caters a number of events in and outside the city. Over the course of six years, his business has become entrenched in the local economy – purchasing from and forging relationships with local growers, collaborating with other local businesses, employing city residents, and donating food and services to area nonprofit organizations.
Prior to arriving in Baltimore in 2008, Damian worked and studied in New York City, paying particular attention to issues of food and race. He published a handful of articles and taught courses focused on these issues. Additionally, working with Kingsborough Community College and United Way, he delved into emergency food programs in Brooklyn, spearheading training for food pantries as they adjusted to new regulations requiring them to prepare and serve more fresh produce.


Daniel Schlozman

Daniel Schlozman

Daniel Schlozman is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University, where he teaches courses in American politics and social policy. His book, When Movements Anchor Parties: Electoral Alignments in American History, was published in 2015 by Princeton University Press. He lives in Baltimore City.

Daniel was previously a research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. He received his PhD in government and social policy from Harvard University. His primary research interest is why American social movements have or have not allied with major political parties.



Melissa Sines

Melissa Sines

Melissa Sines is the Director of Education and Accreditation at Maryland Nonprofits and the Standards for Excellence Institute. Melissa is responsible for developing strategy and content for Maryland Nonprofits’ and the Institute’s learning community in order to promote excellence in nonprofit management and governance and provide substantive opportunities for nonprofit leaders to connect. Melissa is also an adjunct professor at Hood College in Frederick, teaching nonprofit management. Melissa serves on several nonprofit learning committees, including the Frederick County Nonprofit Summit on the local level and ,at the national level, the NGEN Experience to support the leadership development programming at the Independent Sector conference. Melissa is a self-professed nonprofit dork and is passionate about organizing people and projects to create positive social change. Melissa received her MPA from the University of Baltimore and her BA from Hood College.


Jennifer S. Vey

Jennifer VeyJennifer S. Vey is a fellow and Co-Director of the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Initiative on Innovation and Placemaking at the Brookings Institution. She lives with her family in Baltimore.

Her work primarily focuses on the competitiveness and quality of life of cities and metropolitan areas in the innovation economy. She is the author of “Building from Strength: Creating Opportunity in Greater Baltimore’s Next Economy,” “Restoring Prosperity: The State Role in Revitalizing America’s Older Industrial Cities,” “Organizing for Success: A Call to Action for the Kansas City Region,” and “Higher Education in Pennsylvania: A Competitive Asset for Communities.”

Prior to joining Brookings in June, 2001, Jennifer was a Community Planning and Development Specialist at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She earned a Master of Planning degree from the University of Virginia, and holds a B.A. in Geography from Bucknell University.


Kristina Williams

Kristina Williams

Kristina E. Williams is an Economic and Community Development professional at the Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC), the city of Baltimore’s economic development agency, whose mission is to attract, expand, and retain businesses and major employers to the City. Throughout her tenure at BDC, she has managed state and local grant funds, a nationally recognized Main Street program- an initiative of the Mayor’s office, created a task force focusing on business retention, attraction and recruitment in neighborhood commercial districts, and has built a network of public and private partners that have directed investment into low to moderate income communities. Before coming to BDC, Kristina managed a local program with the mission of creating a thriving business district in one of the City’s disadvantaged neighborhoods.

Kristina serves on the planning committee for the International Council of Shopping Center’s (ICSC) Food Retail Conference, looking at food and beverage trends and as shopping center anchors. As a member of ICSC, she represents the City at multiple national conferences annually, highlighting Baltimore’s assets on a national stage. She is also a member of the Baltimore Neighborhoods Indicators Alliance steering committee, is a member of the Maryland Economic Development Association, and currently serves on the board of the Neighborhood Design Center (NDC).