Arnold Williams is the Managing Director and a partner of Abrams Foster, Nole & Williams, P.A., a minority-owned certified public accounting firm founded in 1983. He serves as Board Chairman of the Maryland Health and Higher Education Facilities Association and is a board member of numerous non-profit organizations including the Baltimore Development Corporation, Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce, Industrial Development Authority, Lexington Market, Inc., The Presidents’ Roundtable, MORE-Marylander’s Organized for Responsibility and Equity and the MD State Board of Accountancy.
John Hamilton is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Municipal Employees Credit Union of Baltimore, Inc. (“MECU”). Founded in 1936, MECU is a state-chartered credit union with $1.2 billion dollars in assets and over 115,000 members. John joined MECU in 2013 as Vice President of Lending after the successful completion of MECU’s acquisition of Advance Bank, his former employer. He joined Advance Bank in 1991 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and he was subsequently promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer. John is currently a board member with Associated Black Charities, UMB Health Sciences Research Park, and the Community Leadership Board of the American Diabetes Association.
Joyce Moskovitz is currently a Principal at Riverside Advisors, LLC where she provides consulting services to nonprofit affordable housing developers, community-based lending institutions among others. Ms. Moskovitz began her career as a Neighborhood Planner with the Baltimore City Department of Housing and Community Development. She has served as Vice President and Senior Vice President for AGM Financial Services, Inc., where she structured FHA financing for over $200 million in rental housing and assisted living facilities nationwide. As Senior Vice President at Bank of America, she was responsible for managing client relationships and originating loan production of LIHTC rental housing and community facilities, including charter schools and New Markets Tax Credits transactions. Her activities included new business development, loan underwriting and portfolio management. She was asked to serve as the Bank’s Director of FHA Multifamily Lending, where she created and managed Bank of America’s FHA Multi-Family lending program nationally.
Rodney Boyd is a partner and co-founder of Nexus Group, a minority-owned government affairs firm headquartered in Missouri. Prior to forming the Nexus Group, he spent eleven years as an equity partner at Dentons LLP where he remains Senior Counsel and maintains an active affiliation with the Firm. Rodney currently represents numerous private, public and nonprofit clients, including several of the nation’s Fortune 100 and 50 listed entities on a multi-state basis and works extensively with clients to develop national diversity initiatives and strategic government relationships. Previously, he served as a legislative assistant in the Missouri General Assembly, as a clerk for the Missouri Supreme Court and as a St. Louis City Counselor, assigned to the Prosecution Division.
Marc Broady serves as Vice President of Community Affairs at Weller Development, bringing over a decade of experience in civic and community involvement to the company. At Weller, Marc leads initiatives focused on workforce development, local hiring and apprenticeships, affordable housing, support for women- and minority-owned businesses, and other partnerships. He joined Weller after serving as as lead counsel and policy advisor to Rep. Elijah Cummings. Previously, Marc served in the Baltimore City Public School System and The Office for the Mayor of Baltimore City. He is a board member at My Brother’s Keeper of Baltimore, the Pimlico Community Development Authority, and the Holistic Life Foundation. He is also a Young Professionals Board Member at Center Stage and a mentor for the CollegeBound Foundation.
Augie Chiasera is President of the Greater Baltimore/Chesapeake regions of M&T Bank. Mr. Chiasera joined M&T Bank as an Executive Associate in 1993 and has performed a number of senior line and staff positions throughout the organization. Since relocating to Baltimore with M&T’s acquisition of Allfirst in 2002, Mr. Chiasera has led M&T’s Small Business efforts throughout Maryland/DC/Northern Virginia and managed the Middle Market/Large Corporate Banking divisions for the Baltimore region. Prior to his current assignment, he was responsible for leading a multi-year strategic review of the bank’s lending/deposit business across M&T Bank and managing the Bank’s global sourcing program. Augie is Board Chair for the Baltimore Development Corporation and serves on the boards of the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Center Stage, University of Maryland Medical System, Greater Baltimore Committee, and Garrison Forest School
Fagan Harris is the co-founder and CEO of Baltimore Corps, a social enterprise that mobilizes local talent to advance public service and social entrepreneurship, animated by the values of racial equity and results-centered impact. Baltimore Corps connects committed and talented city residents to the most impactful opportunities in public service and social entrepreneurship as well as the resources, assistance, and support essential to retaining them in the vital work of strengthening their communities. Previously Fagan co-directed the Impact Careers Initiative at The Aspen Institute and staffed the White House Council for Community Solutions in the Obama Administration. In 2021, President Biden nominated Fagan to serve as a Director of AmeriCorps. He is the Assistant American Secretary for the Rhodes Trust, and serves on the boards of Johns Hopkins Hospital at Bayview, the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Lead for America, T. Rowe Price Charitable, and the Aaron and Lillie Straus Foundation.
Dana Johnson is President and CEO of Homes For America, a nonprofit housing development corporation that specializes in developing and preserving affordable rental housing. Previously, Dana served as Managing Director at Reinvestment Fund, a national CDFI. She was responsible for lending and program development in Maryland and Washington, DC and led over $100 million in lending activity for affordable housing, commercial real estate, community facilities and energy efficiency projects, leveraging a range of capital sources including New Market Tax Credits, Historic Tax Credits, philanthropic investments, and other private and public funds. From 2019 to 2020, Dana also served as Reinvestment Fund’s Credit Officer. She currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the Community Development Network of Maryland and of ReBUILD Metro.
Mary John Miller served as the U.S. Treasury’s Under Secretary for Domestic Finance from 2012 to 2014. In that capacity, she was responsible for Treasury debt management, fiscal operations, recovery from the financial crisis, and implementation of the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation. From 2010 to 2012, she served as Assistant Secretary for Financial Markets. Prior to her public service, Ms. Miller spent 26 years in the investment management industry with the T. Rowe Price Group, where she was the Director of the Fixed Income Division and served on the firm’s Management Committee, Asset Allocation Committee, and as a trustee of the T. Rowe Price Foundation. She is currently a trustee of Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) and The Urban Institute (Washington, DC), and a senior fellow at The Johns Hopkins University 21st Century Cities Initiative (Baltimore, MD).
Paul Taylor is the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Small, Minority and Women Business and a member of the Mayor’s cabinet. Mr. Taylor is a founding member of the Greater Baltimore Black Chamber of Commerce and a current member of the Board Directors of the Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce, Baltimore Development Corporation and Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council. He is also a board member of the Maryland Small Business Development Financing Authority’s loan committee (MSBDFA) and works with the Partnership for Lending in Underserved Markets (PLUM) with the SBA and the Milken Institute. In addition, Mr. Taylor is a founding member of the African American Real Estate Professionals Maryland (now known as the Commercial Real Estate Professionals) and past President of the Ashburton Area Association.
Ernst Valery is a co-managing member of SAA | EVI and shares overall responsibility for the day-to-day operations and execution of SAA | EVI projects and relationships. Mr. Valery has successfully invested in and developed real estate in Maryland, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, Virginia, California, and New York. For the past 16 years, he has been involved with development projects ranging from mixed-use, multi-tenant rental properties, single-family renovations and condominium conversions. Mr. Valery is also active in social entrepreneurship and volunteer work, including a collaboration with a team of professionals and graduates from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Community Innovators Lab (MIT CoLab) as well as efforts at incubating businesses around the world that help alleviate poverty and increase the earning potential of low-income individuals, families, and communities.
Sonja Wells is Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer at City First Bank, a Washington D.C.-based Community Development Financial Institution, where she oversees the bank’s $200 million dollar loan portfolio with concentrations in affordable multi-family housing, education and health facilities, and small to medium sized businesses. She has over three decades of experience in commercial lending and community development finance in the Washington and Baltimore area. Prior to joining City First, Sonja was Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager at M&T Bank and a Business Banker for First Union Bank / Wachovia (now known as Wells Fargo). Sonja is a board member of DC Chamber of Commerce, Jubilee Baltimore, Inc., the African American Real Estate Professionals, the Southeast Community Development Corporation, and Wildflower Public Charter Schools. She also serves on the Loan Committee of the Maryland Casino Business Investment Fund.
Colin Tarbert is the President and CEO of the Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC), which serves as the economic development agency for Baltimore City responsible for growing the city by retaining and attracting businesses, expanding job opportunities for city residents, and increasing investment in the city. Prior to his BDC appointment, Colin served in various leadership roles for nearly a decade at the Mayor’s Office of Baltimore City during three administrations, including the roles of Deputy Chief of Strategic Alliances and Deputy Mayor for Economic and Neighborhood Development. In addition, Colin is active on numerous civic and non-profit boards, including chair of the Baltimore Hotel Corporation, chair of the Baltimore Public Markets Corporation and a member of the board of East Baltimore Development Inc.
Jalal “Jay” Greene is the Chief Operating Officer of the Baltimore City Department of Housing and Community Development. Jay’s career spans 40 years and includes finance, nonprofit management, affordable housing, and community development. Prior to joining DHCD, Jay was Chief, Division of Housing for Montgomery County (Maryland). He has also served as Budget Director for the District of Columbia, Chief Financial Officer for the District’s Convention Center, Director of Prince George’s County Department of Housing and Community Development, and Director of Housing and Community Development for the District. Prior to his career in affordable housing, Jay worked in investment banking and was employed by New York City’s largest minority-owned firm at the time.