STAFF


Laurie Schwartz | President

Laurie has dedicated her career to helping make Baltimore an even better place to live and work. In the early 1980s, Laurie helped the city and area businesses start Downtown Partnership. She then served as its first President for over fifteen years. Following a stint at City Hall with Mayor O’Malley, Laurie worked as an independent consultant for nine years. During this time, she helped Waterfront property owners, Waterfront area attractions, and the City of Baltimore start Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore, Inc. In 2010, Laurie agreed to join the organization full-time as its Executive Director. In her spare time, Laurie paints and shows her artwork. She is also an avid swimmer, and is training for her first harbor swim from Fells Point to Tidepoint.

Contact: 443.743.3307  |  Laurie@WaterfrontPartnership.org

Eric Souza | Director of Operations

Prior to working with Business Improvement Districts, Eric spent eight years in various management roles in the restaurant industry, including positions as an Executive Chef and General Manager in Baltimore. He is a graduate of the Baltimore International College and has a degree in Hospitality Management. Eric joined the Waterfront Partnership in November 2009 when he was hired by Block By Block as the Operations Manager. While in Baltimore, Eric experienced a five year tenure in that position before being promoted to the Regional Vice President of the Mid Atlantic. Eric quickly jumped at the opportunity to once again work in Baltimore with the organization because of his deep passion for the city. He currently resides in Locust Point with his wife and two daughters.

Contact: 443.743.3308 x3208  |  Erics@WaterfrontPartnership.org

Adam Lindquist | Director, Healthy Harbor Initiative

Adam joined the Waterfront Partnership team in 2011. He received his Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Maryland, College Park, and his experience includes working for the Water Resource Division of the Maryland Department of Planning. He is a passionate conservationist, and is involved with protecting and restoring the rivers and streams of his community. He enjoys helping to lead Waterfront Partnership’s Healthy Harbor Initiative, and looks forward to one day swimming in the harbor. In his spare time, he enjoys writing and recording his own music and teaching his wife how to play the guitar.

Contact: 443.743.3309  |  Adam@WaterfrontPartnership.org

Lauren Moloney | Director of Special Projects

Lauren became a part of the Waterfront Partnership team in 2013. She received her degree in Management Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and her background includes business operations, event and project management, and marketing and promotions. She is looking forward to making the Waterfront enticing and accessible for Baltimore residents and visitors through Waterfront projects and initiatives. In her spare time, Lauren can be found experiencing the city’s wide variety of offerings, enjoying outdoor activities by the water and in Patterson Park, or exploring local festivals and farmers markets.

Contact: 443.743.3306  |  Lauren@WaterfrontPartnership.org

Matt Shaffer | Director of Marketing Communications

Matt joined the Waterfront Partnership in 2017 as the Director of Marketing Communications. He received his Bachelors degree in International Business and Marketing Management and manages all aspects of the overall marketing function of the organization. Matt is excited to be a part of the Waterfront Partnership team, and help promote the Waterfront as a world-class destination for Baltimoreans and tourists. Matt recently moved to Baltimore from Massachusetts with his wife and two kids, and he enjoys exploring the city, trying out new restaurants, going to festivals, and keeping active with outdoor activities.

Contact: 443.992.7731  |  MattS@WaterfrontPartnership.org

Megan Campbell | Event Manager

Megan joined the Waterfront Partnership team in 2015 as the Event Coordinator. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations and Journalism from Salisbury University and her background includes producing a wide variety of events ranging from 5K obstacle races to conventions and festivals. Megan is passionate about Baltimore and can be found trying a new restaurant, checking out a street fair, or just walking around the Inner Harbor in her spare time. Megan is looking forward to working with the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore to promote a healthy harbor and to produce fun events for locals in the area.

Contact: 443.743.3308 x5308 |  Megan@WaterfrontPartnership.org

Amber Chavis | Senior Accountant

Amber has a dynamic past experience in accounting, with nearly ten years in the field. Before joining the Waterfront Partnership, she held accounting positions at RailAmerica, Inc. and Medical Staffing Network, Inc. Most recently, she worked at Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, first as an accounting tech and then advancing to the assistant finance director. As assistant finance director, she was responsible for managing six finance staff members, preparing monthly financial reports for leadership, and coordinating the annual budget for high-totaling grants, along with many other duties. Amber holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Finance degree from East Carolina University.

Contact: 443.743.3310  |  Amber@WaterfrontPartnership.org

Geri Royale Byrd | Marketing Manager, Harbor Commuter Connections

Native to Baltimore with over a 20-year career span as a seasoned writer, technical  communicator and event planner, Geri joined the Waterfront Partnership team in 2016. After receiving her BS Degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland at College Park, Geri worked as an independent technical writing consultant for start-up technology firms, and a short term as correspondent to the US Secretary of Treasury in the Obama Administration. She is a huge film buff and has spent some time working on set with student and independent productions.

Contact: 443.743.3308 x5310  |  Geri@WaterfrontPartnership.org

Leanna Wetmore | Community Coordinator

Leanna joined the Waterfront Partnership team in 2014 as the Community Coordinator. She has been a community organizer in Baltimore City for seven years, using her creative spirit to inspire residents and build leadership in some of Baltimore’s most charming neighborhoods. She received her BFA from MICA, and is a Maryland Master Gardener. She looks forward to working with neighborhoods upstream of the harbor to reduce litter by changing the behavior of litter bugs and effecting system changes within city government. In her spare time, you can find Leanna making art under festival tents, growing vegetables in her backyard, volunteering for awesome causes, or walking her dog in one of Baltimore’s beautiful parks.

Contact: 410.561.7308 |  Leanna@WaterfrontPartnership.org

Carmera Thomas | Program Manager, Healthy Harbor Initiative

Carmera joined Waterfront Partnership in April 2016 in a partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Healthy Harbor Initiative. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from North Carolina Wesleyan College where she was a recipient of a scholarship and member of a program through GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) that encouraged women and minorities to pursue degrees and careers in the sciences. After graduation she served as a Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteer in its inaugural year, later joining Chesapeake Bay Foundation as a full-time employee working in agricultural and oyster restoration. Carmera has a passion for sharing hands-on experiences to educate, raise awareness and inspire others to be stewards of the land and water around the Chesapeake Bay watershed and the harbor. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her niece and two nephews, read good books and explore historical places around the Bay.

Contact: 443.743.3308 x3109  |  Carmera@WaterfrontPartnership.org

Casey Merbler | Project Manager, Healthy Harbor Initiative

Casey joined the Waterfront Partnership team in 2015 as a Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteer and later joined the Waterfront Partnership as a full-time employee in August of 2016. She received a degree in Environmental Studies and Spanish from Dickinson College, and her experience includes social media and program management, sales, and event planning. Casey is a lifelong resident of Baltimore City and is passionate about its urban natural environment. In her free time she enjoys traveling, playing in local sports leagues, cooking, and spending time on the water. She is excited to be a part of the Healthy Harbor Initiative and work toward a swimmable and fishable Baltimore Harbor.

Contact: 443.743.3308 x3312  |  Casey@WaterfrontPartnership.org

Antonio Eubanks | Event Coordinator

Antonio joined the Waterfront Partnership in 2017. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing from York College of Pennsylvania, he spent two years at Baltimore Center Stage assisting with a multi-million dollar capital campaign and renovation. His experience includes project management, event planning and administration. Born-and-raised in Baltimore, Antonio is excited to be producing engaging events and making a positive impact in the city that he loves. In his spare time, you can find Antonio scouting new shopping spots in the city or working on a film project.

Contact: 443.992.7741 x7741 |  Antonio@Waterfrontpartnership.org

BOARD OF DIRECTORS


Michael Beatty

President
Beatty Development

Matt Boccia

COO
Global Guardian LLC

Wayne Christmann

Vice President, Director of Real Estate
Legg Mason & Co., LLC.

Rudy Chow

Director
Department of Public Works

William “Bill” Cole

President
Baltimore Development Corporation

Michael Cunningham

Constellation Energy

Rachel Duncan

Resident

Andrew Frank

Special Advisor to the President
Johns Hopkins University

Donald C. Fry

President & CEO
Greater Baltimore Committee

Michael Hankin, Board Chair

President & CEO
Brown Advisory

Vacant

Director
Department of Transportation

Tim O’Donald, Board Vice Chair

President
Harbor East Management

Mark Pollak

Ballard Spahr LLP

Joan Pratt

Comptroller
Baltimore City

John Racanelli

President & CEO
National Aquarium

Van R. Reiner, Board Secretary/Treasurer

President & CEO
Maryland Science Center

Ed Rudzinski

Area General Manager
Marriott Waterfront Hotel

Zed Smith

Chief Financial Officer
Cordish Company

Traceé Strum-Gilliam

Director
PRR, Inc.

Colin Tarbert

Mayor’s Office

Christopher Ward

Executive Director
Morgan Stanley

Ira Weinstein

Co-Managing Principle
Cohn Reznick LLP

WATERFRONT MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY BOARD OF DIRECTORS


Michael Beatty

President
Beatty Development

James Bond

President
Living Classrooms Foundation

Susan Flanigan

Resident

Michael Hankin, Board Chair

President & CEO
Brown Advisory

Phil Lee

Moffit Nichols

Stephanie Mineo

Ashkenazy Aquisition

Tim O’Donald

President
Harbor East Management Group

John Pezzulla

Director of Retail Assets
Bozzuto Management

Edward Prutzer

General Manager
Rusty Scupper

John Racanelli

President & CEO
National Aquarium

Van R. Reiner, Board Secretary/Treasurer

President & CEO
Maryland Science Center

Patrick Richards

Vice President Corporate Real Estate
Laureate Education Inc.

Ed Rudzinski

Area General Manager
Marriott Waterfront Hotel

Doug Schmidt

Principal
Workshop Development

Zed Smith

Chief Financial Officer
Cordish Company

Carl “Bill” Struever

Cross Street Partners

Colin Tarbert

Mayor’s Office

Gerben Van Dorpe

Commercial Property Manager
Harbor East Management