Our Transition Team

A bold vision requires a coalition of experts. We have assembled a team of advocates, community leaders, and specialists, all with a passion for Baltimore and desire to improve how City government functions. This team will work with agencies, community members, and many others to make recommendations for to the incoming administration, summaries of their reports will be available here for public review.


Read the Final Transition Report


Read the press release announcing the nine transition co-chairs here.


Read the 11/6 announcement about the 10 transition priorities and how to get involved.


Danielle Torain

Danielle Torain is a proud Baltimore native with a decade's experience in the public, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors. She previously worked in the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, where she led a citywide initiative to strengthen systems of support for incarcerated youth, and worked on local jobs programs with the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development. She was senior director of strategy and development at the Center for Urban Families, and spent four years at the Annie E. Casey Foundations’ Baltimore Civic Site, leading its place-based strategies in workforce development and economic inclusion, community capacity building and resident leadership. For the past several years, she has worked as an organizational development consultant, helping to advise and build capacity for social justice nonprofit groups. Danielle is a graduate of the University of Richmond and the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.


Alicia Wilson

Alicia Wilson is the vice president for economic development at the Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Health System, elevating and expanding the institutions' commitment to the city through investments in economic and neighborhood development, health care, and education. Prior to joining Hopkins, she served as the senior vice president of impact investments and senior legal counsel for the Port Covington Development Team. Wilson also held a partnership position at the law firm of Gordon Feinblatt for eight years. Wilson actively works with charitable organizations and was recently elected chair of the CollegeBound Foundation and, as such, is the first African American and youngest board chair in the 30-year history of the organization. She holds an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and a juris doctor from the University of Maryland Francis Key Carey School of Law.


Brittany Young

Brittany Young is the founder and CEO of B-360, an organization that utilizes dirt bike culture
to end the cycle of poverty, disrupt the prison pipeline, and build bridges in communities
through STEM education. Since launching in 2017, B-360 has served over 7,000 students,
hired 30+ dirt bike riders, and worked to shift the culture. Some of Brittany’s accolades
include being a 2020 TED Fellow, Leading Women of MD, Baltimore Corps, Social
Innovation Lab at Johns Hopkins, #8 Baltimore Start Up, 2018 Echoing Green Fellow, 2018
OSI Baltimore Fellow, 2018 Social Innovator of the Year, 2019 Trailblazer in Humanitarianism
and more. Her work has been featured in CBS, Forbes, Teen Vogue, NBC Sports and
AfroPunk. B-360’s partners have included Red Bull and Toyota, among others.


Wes Moore

Wes Moore is a Baltimore native, bestselling author, combat veteran, and social entrepreneur who serves as the CEO of Robin Hood, one of the largest anti-poverty forces in the nation. Wes grew up in Maryland and New York City, where he was raised by a single mom. Wes’ first book, “The Other Wes Moore,” is a perennial best seller that traced his childhood relative to the childhood and fate of a man with the same name, similar circumstances, and a tragically different fate. Despite his childhood challenges, Wes graduated Phi Theta Kappa from Valley Forge Military College in 1998 and Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University in 2001. He earned an MLitt in International Relations from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar in 2004. Wes then served as a captain and paratrooper with the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne, including a combat deployment to Afghanistan. He later served as a White House Fellow to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Before becoming CEO at Robin Hood, Wes was the founder and CEO at BridgeEdU, an innovative tech platform based in Baltimore addressing the college completion and job placement crisis.

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Cassie Motz

Cassie Motz is a lifelong Baltimorean who serves as Executive Director of the CollegeBound Foundation. Prior to joining CollegeBound, Cassie served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Martin O'Malley. She had also served as Deputy Legal Counsel to Governor O'Malley and as the Interim Director of the Governor's Office for Children. Cassie graduated from Dartmouth College and Yale Law School. Between college and law school, Cassie taught at a public middle school in the South Bronx, New York through Teach for America. After graduating from law school Cassie served as a law clerk for Judge James Robertson on the U.S. District Court in Washington, DC.  She then practiced law for several years in Washington as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, and serving as a Deputy Attorney General for the District of Columbia government, representing the city's child welfare and mental health agencies. Cassie served on the University System of Maryland Board of Regents from June 2014 through March 2015. Cassie serves on the board of Catholic Charities and as board secretary for the KIPP Baltimore Schools.

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Torrey Smith

Torrey Smith is a philanthropist, broadcaster and a two-time Super Bowl champion. Smith graduated from the University of Maryland and later earned his MBA from the University of Miami. He played 8 years in the NFL with Baltimore, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Carolina. Smith interned for the late Congressman Elijah Cummings and is an active Task Force Member of the Players Coalition. He and his wife, Chanel, founded their non-profit with the mission to Leverage the power of community collaboration to enable all Baltimore families to reach their full potential.


Mike Hankin

Mike Hankin is President and CEO of Brown Advisory Incorporated. He has spent his career assisting a wide range of individuals and institutions with their investment and financial matters. Mike has a long and proven dedication to the community and to environmental justice. He serves as Chairman of the Baltimore Healthy Harbor Project. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Center for Large Landscape Conservation, Associated Black Charities, Nature Sacred, and Business Executives for National Security. He is a trustee of Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine. Mike also serves on the Board of Directors of Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (SWK) and on the boards of directors of three private companies, Tate Engineering Services, Inc., The Wills Group, Inc. and 1251 Capital Group, Inc. Mike received a B.A. and M.A. from Emory University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He received a J.D. from The University of Virginia School of Law.

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Ricarra Jones

Ricarra Jones is the Political Director for 1199 SEIU, the largest healthcare union in the country. She has spent her career empowering underserved communities and building coalitions to fight for social and economic justice. Ricarra has worked tirelessly to improve the lives and working conditions for low wage workers and successfully led the fight to increase the state's minimum wage to $15. She also spearheaded efforts to ensure full time employees earn paid sick leave. Ricarra is a champion for working families. She serves on the Executive Board of the MD/DC AFL-CIO, Baltimore Women United and the Baltimore City Branch of the NAACP. Ricarra received her B.A. from Temple University and her M.P.A. from the University of Baltimore.


Cory McCray

Cory McCray represents Baltimore's 45th Legislative District in the Maryland State Senate. Before that, he served in the House of Delegates. Cory is a lifelong Baltimorean, small business owner, husband and father of four. Since 19, he has been a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. He has dedicated his service in the General Assembly to supporting working families, seniors and Baltimore’s communities. Cory has been a leader in Annapolis on a diverse array of issues from workforce development to transportation policy. Cory received his A.S. from Baltimore City Community College and his B.A. from National Labor College.

Public Health & Public Safety:
Reimagining Public Safety and Public Accountability

Erricka Bridgeford, Co-Chair
Daniel Webster, Co-Chair
Dante Barksdale
Kirby Fowler
Leonard Hamm
Ray Kelly
Isaac Klein
Dorothy Lennig
Dayvon Love
Bob Maloney
Ganesha Martin
Andrew Muhammad
Tré Murphy
Martha Nathanson
Destini Philpot
Wally Pinkard
James Timpson
Joshua Turner 
Lydia Walther-Rodriguez
Robin Weiss
Brandon Wharton

Business, Workforce & Neighborhood Development:
Strengthening Neighborhoods and Businesses

Gerald Jackson, Co-Chair
Shelonda Stokes, Co-Chair
Rahn Barnes
Wallace Beal
P. David Bramble
Mark Caplan
Ivy Dench-Carter
Terence Dickson
Andy Frank
Maurice Good
Will Holman
Michael Hunter
Cheo Hurley
Yolanda Jiggetts
Jermaine Jones
Joseph T. Jones, Jr.
Venroy July
Jamie McDonald 
Robert A. Manekin
Monica Mitchell
Nneka N'namdi
Amran Pasha
Tim Regan
Khaled Said
Bryce Taylor
Javier von Westphalen
Caryn York

Fiscal Preparedness:
Aligning Resources to Ensure Fiscal Stability and Innovation

Thomasina “Tomi” Hiers, Co-Chair
Mark Kaufman, Co-Chair
Terrell Boston Smith
Marc Broady
Michael Castagnola
Andy Flacks
Helene Grady
Rian Hargrave
Jeanne Hitchcock
Jenny Hope
Talib Horne
William L. Jews
John Lewis
Glenard S. Middleton Sr.
Shalita O'Neale
David Robins
Mark Sapperstein
Doug Schmidt
Ty'lor M. Schnella
Ben Seigel
Amy Seto
Madeleine Stokes 
Caroline Sturgis 
Giuliana Valencia-Banks
Yasmin Viera
Mark Washington
David Kwabena Wilson

Housing & Neighborhood Development:
Increasing Access to Affordable Housing

Richard Manekin, Co-Chair
Ernst Valery, Co-Chair
Terrel Askew
Joanna Jane Bartholomew
Lisa Budlow
Kathy Christian
Rita Crews
Adria Crutchfield
Kevin Daniels
Christina Schoppert Devereux 
Charles Duff
Dan Ellis
Jason Filippou
Susan Francis
Matt Hill
Seema Iyer
David Karceski
Larry Jennings
Dana Johnson
Calvin Keene
Kobi Little
Howard Majev
Ashiah Parker
Otis Rolley
Mark Sissman
Khalil Uqdah
Bowen Valery
Tamika Winkler

Human Services:
Prioritizing Our People

Shamoyia Gardiner, Co-Chair
Chuck Tildon, Co-Chair
Molly Amster
Quinton Askew
Julia Baez
Nancy Blackwell
I'Shea Boyd
Melissa Buckley
Jamesha Caldwell
Marly Cardona Moz
Harold Carter, Jr.
Zainab Chaudry
Iya Dammons
Vincent DeMarco
Monalisa Diallo
Jessica Dickerson
Rajani Gudlavalleti
Mónica Guerrero Vázquez
Stacey Jefferson
Jodi Kelber-Kaye
Howard Libit
Kevin Lindamood
William “Bill” McCarthy, Jr.
James Nelson, Jr.
Carlos Ricardo Ortiz
Nancy Smith
Robin Truiett-Theodorson
Rachel White

Education & Youth Recreation:
Expanding Opportunities for Youth

James H. DeGraffenreidt, Jr., Co-Chair
Shantay Jackson, Co-Chair
Jabari Bush
Laura Phillips Byrd
Courtney Cass
Damion Cooper
Thomas Cooper
Lynnea Cornish
Ashley Day
Faviola Donato-Galindo
Legacy Forte
Joe Francaviglia
Karrell Goines
Elizabeth Handy
Lucia Islas
Giovanni Marcantoni
Kevin McCloskey
Debra McCurdy
Lance "L.C." Morrow
Jesús Eusebio Pérez 
Rudy Ruiz
Kate Scherr-Adams
Roger Schulman
Garfield Thompson
Ramon Valentine
Alexandria Warrick Adams
Corey Witherspoon
Nkenge Yasin

Transportation & Infrastructure:
Reinvigorating Our Transportation andInfrastructure

Celeste Chavis, Co-Chair
Liz Cornish, Co-Chair
Rick Binetti
Chance Carter
Mark Edelson
Earl El-Amin
Janet Eveland
Margaret Fulcher
Alexandra Grayson
Josh Greenfeld
Anwer Hasan
Lenzie Johnson III
Montrae Jones
Richard Klein
Veronica Macbeth
Joe McAndrew
Samuel F. Minnitte Jr.
Brian O'Malley
Anikwenze Ogbue
Nadia Owusu
Chris Palazzi
Traceé Strum-Gilliam
Aaron Tomarchio
Adrea Turner
Michele Whelley

Governance Structure & Operations:
Rethinking Governmental Operations

Casey Brent, Co-Chair
Ralph Tyler, Co-Chair
Elizabeth Alex
Marlon Amprey
Antoine Banks
John Brothers
Eleanor Carey
Charly Carter
Taylor Beckham
Tiffany Davis
Renell Dixon
Jason Hardebeck
Malcolm Heflin
Jon Laria
Robyn Murphy
Aeirss Prince
Ronnie Rosenbluth
Jesse Salazar
Stephen Salsbury
Emily Scarr
Ken Ulman
Calvin A. Young

Environment & Sustainability:
Protecting Natural Resources

Phil Croskey, Co-Chair
Mary Grant, Co-Chair
Kai Abelkis
Jenn Aiosa
Will Baker
Shashawnda Campbell 
Sean D. Davis
Cody Dorsey
Rianna Eckel
Scott Goldman
Jack Haden
Ed Hatcher
Jonathan Kosobucki
Jennifer Kunze
Steve Lafferty
Adam Lindquist
Jakir Manela
Rich Norling
Ben Rupert
Greg Sawtell
Dante Swinton
Danyelle Tauryce Ireland
Allison Wilson

Tanika Davis

Arts & Culture:
Valuing Creative Hubs and Cultural Institutions

Graham Coreil-Allen, Co-Chair
Jessica Solomon, Co-Chair
Elissa Blount Moorhead
Lady Brion
Derrick Chase
Nicholas Cohen
Navasha Daya
Quanice Floyd
Krista Green
Denise Griffin Johnson
Arianna Hawthorne-Cox
Adam Holofcener
Eze Jackson
Jeffrey Johnson
Vincent Lancisi
Julia Marciari-Alexander
Joanne Martin
Aaron Maybin
Sheena Morrison
Asma Naeem
DJ QuickSilva 
John Racanelli 
Susan Schuster
Ernest Shaw Jr.
Savannah Wood
Maggie Villegas
Stephanie Ybarra
Clair Zamoiski Segal