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BMC Board of Directors

10 BMC Board of Directors

James J. Moran
Queen Anne’s County Commissioner (BMC Board Chair)

James J. Moran was elected to the Queen Anne’s County Board of Commissioners in November 2014 after being appointed to serve the remainder of a vacant 4-year term in December 2013. Moran served as the president of the Board of Commissioners for the 2017-2018 term.

Commissioner Moran served on the Task Force for Government Sustainability, the Economic Development Committee, and as vice chair of the Planning Commission before being appointed to County Commissioner.

Commissioner Moran was Born in Albany, Ga. and raised in Bowie. He is a military veteran, who joined the U.S. Marine Corps 35 years to the day after his father did so. There is nothing that shaped Commissioner Moran’s life – with regard to his resolve, determination and can-do attitude – more than the Marine Corps, his wife, and the birth of his children.

After the Marine Corps, Commissioner Moran attended Anne Arundel Community College and worked in the concrete construction industry. In 1987, he started his own construction business, which became Increte of Maryland, Inc. in 1991. He then started another business in 2007, Mid-Atlantic Pigments LLC, which supplies color used in concrete construction.

Steuart Pittman
Anne Arundel County Executive (BMC Board Vice-Chair)

Steuart Pittman was elected Anne Arundel County Executive in 2018. He never intended to run for office, but acted when called upon to address the needs of Anne Arundel County’s communities and people. Steuart holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Chicago.

Compassion has always been a driving force behind Steuart’s work, whether directed toward people or animals. He has 33 years of experience managing nonprofit organizations and small businesses. Since 2010, he managed the Retired Racehorse Project, a nonprofit that promotes a market-based solution to the problem of where racehorses go after retirement. He also worked as a community organizer, empowering citizens to influence local government in Chicago and Des Moines, before returning to Anne Arundel County to work for the National Low-Income Housing Coalition and the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN).

Steuart was raised on a farm in Anne Arundel County, where he took over the farm’s hay production and became a nationally recognized trainer of horses. He lives in Davidsonville with his sons, Sam and Andy, and wife, Erin.

Calvin Ball, III
Howard County Executive

Calvin Ball was elected Howard County Executive in 2018. Prior to his election, he served four terms as the District 2 Howard County Councilman. In 2006, he made Howard County history when he was elected the youngest chair. He has also served as chair of the Zoning Board and of the Board of License Commissioners. Calvin has been a champion for advancements in the county’s education system, protecting its natural resources, improving public safety and advocating for an inclusive and transparent government.

Calvin holds bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and religion from Towson University, a master’s degree in legal and ethical studies from the University of Baltimore, and a doctorate in education from Morgan State University. He also is a Howard County firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician.

While serving as a councilman, Calvin also served as director of Complete College Baltimore, an innovative program on student completion at Baltimore City Community College. Previously, he served as a supervisor in the State’s Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division, and as an educator at Towson University and the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He served as the first community organizer for Oakland Mills, facilitating neighborhood revitalization, and continues to champion the environment.

Calvin lives in Columbia with his two daughters, Alexis and Alyssa, and wife, Shani.

Bob Cassilly
Harford County Executive

Born in Havre de Grace and raised in Bel Air and Belcamp, Bob Cassilly attended Bel Air High School where he played varsity football and was a member of the orchestra. As an undergraduate at Johns Hopkins University, he wrestled and served in ROTC. An ROTC distinguished military graduate, Bob served five years in the active military as an Infantry officer, was awarded the coveted Ranger Tab, and continued his military service in the Army Reserves as a JAG and Civil Affairs officer. Bob graduated from the University of Baltimore Law School with honors and has been a member of the Maryland Bar since 1989. He has a law practice in Bel Air and has received numerous awards from the Maryland Bar Association for providing legal services to the disadvantaged.

Bob represented Harford County in the Maryland State Senate (District 34) from 2014 until his inauguration as County Executive in 2022. He has also served as Harford County Councilman for District C, Bel Air Mayor and Town Commissioner, and Chairman of the Republican Central Committee.  His commitment to public service included three years in Iraq with the U.S. Army (101st and 82nd Divisions) and the State Department as part of the global war on terrorism, for which he was awarded the Bronze Star and the State Department’s Superior Honors Award, Meritorious Honors Award, and Expeditionary Service Award.

Bob married a high school classmate, Deborah Russell of Fallston, and they are the proud parents of Dan, Gabe, Sam, Ellie, and Julia. Bob and Deb attend St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Hickory. Bob is also a member of American Legion Post 39 in Bel Air and Jarrettsville VFW Post 8672.

William C. Ferguson
President, State Senate

Bill Ferguson was elected to the Maryland State Senate in 2010, then becoming the youngest ever-elected State Senator in Maryland’s history. He is serving his second term, representing the 46th Legislative District, which is located entirely in Baltimore City. In 2020, he was elected President of the State Senate.

A lifelong Maryland resident, Ferguson made Baltimore City his home when he joined Teach for America after graduating from Davidson College with a double-major in political science and economics. From 2005 to 2007, he taught U.S. history and U.S. government to ninth- and tenth-graders in one of Baltimore’s most challenged high schools.

The inequities of the public education system in Baltimore City led Ferguson to engage more deeply within the community outside of the schoolhouse. After teaching, he worked as a community liaison for the Baltimore City Council president’s office; earned a law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law; and served as the special assistant to Andres Alonso, CEO of the Baltimore City Public Schools.

Ferguson works as the director of Reform Initiatives at the Johns Hopkins School of Education in the Office of the Dean.

John Olszewski, Jr.
Baltimore County Executive

John “Johnny O” Olszewski, Jr. was elected Baltimore County Executive in 2018. At age 23, he was first elected to the Maryland House of Delegates, representing District 6, a position he held for almost nine years.

Johnny is a lifelong Baltimore County resident who believes in the power of public service and giving back to a community that has done so much for him. He is a graduate of Sparrows Point High School, earned his undergraduate degree from Goucher College, a master’s degree from The George Washington University, and doctorate in public policy from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

In the legislature, Johnny served as the youngest chair of the Baltimore County House Delegation. In that capacity, he helped lead unprecedented progress for Baltimore County in areas such as economic development and school board reform. As a staunch advocate of working families, Johnny led the charge on earned sick leave, raising the minimum wage and offered a critical vote in securing marriage equality in Maryland. Johnny also served on the House Economic Matters Committee, Maryland’s P-20 Leadership Council, the Maryland Business Climate Workgroup and as chair of the Banking, Economic Development, Science, and Technology subcommittee.

Johnny lives in Dundalk with his wife, Marisa, and their daughter, Daria.

Ed Rothstein
Carroll County Commissioner

Ed Rothstein is in his second term as County Commissioner. Ed’s diverse thirty-plus year military career included numerous deployments along with multiple duty stations including his last military assignment as Garrison Commander at Fort Meade in Maryland. He was Economic Developer for Anne Arundel County before founding ERA Advisory LLC which is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business focused on giving back to the community. Most recently serving as Executive Director for the BWI Business Partnership, he also serves on multiple boards of directors for non-profits within the region and state, and previously served on the Carroll County Veterans Advisory Council.

Ed’s education includes an Education Degree from Lock Haven University, a Master's in Human Resources from Webster University, and a Master's in National Resource Management from Eisenhower School for National Security. At Lock Haven, Ed was a member of the Division I wrestling team and was commissioned through the ROTC Program. Ed resides in Eldersburg with his wife Audrey and two children Emily and Sam.

Brandon Scott
Baltimore City Mayor

Brandon M. Scott is the 52nd Mayor of Baltimore, working to end gun violence, restore the public’s trust in government and change Baltimore for the better.

Scott was unanimously elected President of the Baltimore City Council by his colleagues in May 2019. As Council President, Scott developed and released the first-ever City Council President legislative agenda, focused on building safer, stronger communities, cleaning up city government, investing in Baltimore’s young people, and centering equity. Previously, Scott served on the City Council representing Baltimore's 2nd District. He was first elected in 2011 at the age of 27 and is one of the youngest people ever elected to the Baltimore City Council.

During his first term, Scott emerged as a leading voice in reducing violence in Baltimore and reinstated Council Oversight of the Baltimore Police Department by holding quarterly hearings. He believes that reducing violence will require a holistic, all-hands-on-deck approach, one that recognizes violence is fundamentally a public health issue. Scott led legislative initiatives that created extensive crime data sharing and online reporting of crimes by the Baltimore Police Department. In 2016, Scott introduced and passed legislation creating an open data policy in Baltimore.

Mayor Scott is a community leader, public servant and lifelong resident of Baltimore City. A proud Baltimorean, Scott is a graduate of MERVO High School and St. Mary’s College of Maryland. He lives in Baltimore’s Frankford neighborhood in Northeast Baltimore.

Dana Stein
State Delegate

Dana is a member of the Maryland House of Delegates and represents District 11B in Baltimore County. He was first elected to the House in 2006, served as Vice Chair of the Environment and Transportation Committee (ENT) between 2015 and 2023, and is Speaker Pro Tem-nominee as of May 15, 2023.  He also has served as Chair of the Environment Subcommittee of ENT since 2015.

Dana also is the executive director and founder of the non-profit Civic Works.  Participants rehab homes, build parks and gardens, make improvements in the homes of senior citizens, and grow fresh produce at an urban farm.  Civic Works also operates a high school in Baltimore.

Prior to establishing Civic Works, Dana practiced law for several years at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey in Washington, D.C.  He has a B.A. in government from Harvard University, a law degree from Columbia Law School, and an MPA from Princeton University.  He and his wife Margaret live in Pikesville with their three kids.

Mark Anthony Thomas
Gubernatorial Appointee

Named Executive Director of the Greater Baltimore Committee in 2022 after experience in New York City, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh, Mark Anthony Thomas serves on our board as a gubernatorial appointee representing the Baltimore region’s leading stakeholders in business and economic development. 

Thomas made history as the first Black editor-in-chief of the University of Georgia’s independent student newspaper. He studied journalism and went on to become the publisher and executive director of City Limits, a nonprofit news outlet in New York City, before earning graduate degrees in public administration and business administration from Columbia University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He went on to serve as the first Director of the Mayor’s Operations Innovation Team for the City of Los Angeles, Senior Vice President of Partnerships for the New York City Economic Development Corporation and most recently as President of the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance.

He’s a dog dad who enjoys live events, arts and culture, as well as recreating on the water. He’s also a poet and documentary filmmaker.

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