Board of Directors
Chairperson 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, Beland 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.
Beland 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 Jennifer S. Vey
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, Vey 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.
Secretary Kurt Sommer
Kurt 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, Sommer 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 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.
Schlozman 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.
Other Board Members
Seema 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, Iyer 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.
Joseph A. Morgan III
Joseph 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.
Morgan 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.
Douglass Lynott is the Director of the Office of Economic Development Integration with the Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. He previously managed the Obama Administration’s Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative for the EDA. In this role he collaborated with the White House, EDA senior leadership, and other federal program stakeholders to formulate, implement and manage broad national policies of the POWER Initiative. He is also the co-lead of the White House Strong Cities, Strong Communities team working with the City of Flint, MI, where he oversees the economic development aspects of the program.
Prior to joining EDA, Lynott was the Acting Director of Program Administration in the Multifamily Office of Recapitalization at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Since returning to HUD in November 2009, he was also a leading contributor to a pair of programs established to provide relief to homeowners and neighborhoods directly impacted by the U.S. housing market crash of 2007 – 2009, including the FHA First Look Program, and the Emergency Homeowner Loan Program . He previously worked for the Fairfax County, VA, Department of Housing and Community Development between July 2005 and October 2009. As the county’s HOME Program Manager he led the design, implementation and management of two new Fairfax County affordable housing programs: the Homebuyer Equity Loan Program, which provided direct financial assistance to first-time homebuyers; and the Partnership for Permanent Housing, which provided affordable housing, job training, and other supportive services to homeless families in Fairfax County.
Lynott earned his Master’s in Public Administration and Urban Affairs from Michigan State University in 1998. He first entered public service as a Presidential Management Intern in August 1998 when he began working for HUD in Washington, D.C., where he has lived for 17 years.
Kristina Williams is an Economic Development Officer with the City of Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC) where she is the Baltimore Main Street coordinator, manages the retail business district program, and is responsible for retail attraction, retention, and expansion within the city. She is currently working with community and business organizations to improve their neighborhoods through strategic economic development and fostering partnerships with public and private organizations and other stakeholders.
During her time at BDC, Kristina has implemented several changes to the Main Street program that have made it a resource for other communities. As a team of one, Kristina has used her role as the retail manager to influence development and mixed-use projects within the neighborhood commercial corridors, prompting a look into new incentives that would spur development throughout Baltimore.
She is also a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, the Neighborhood Design Center’s Board of Directors, and the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance steering committee. Kristina received her Bachelor of Science from Towson University in Chemistry and still has a love for math and science.
Damian 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, Mosley 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.