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.
These 9 people constitute the steering committee for our transition team, work groups with the full team will be announced soon.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.