About Us: Staff Biographies

Chris Ryer

Chris Ryer, Director

Chris returned to the Department of Planning as the Director in February 2019 after serving for over a decade as Executive Director of the Southeast Community Development Corporation (CDC), an organization dedicated to the vitality and growth of neighborhoods in Southeast Baltimore. Prior to joining the Southeast CDC, he worked for the Department of Planning, including 10 years as Community Planner and four years as Deputy Director. 

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Laurie Feinberg, Assistant Director

Laurie has over 30 years experience in Urban Design and Planning.  Most recently she was the project manager for the Zoning Code rewrite.  Currently she oversees the development review side of the department including Historic Preservation and the Land Use and Urban Design divisions.  She has a B. Architecture degree from Cornell University. 

Administration

Equity, Engagement and Communications

Comprehensive Planning

Land Use & Urban Design

Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) 

Research & Strategic Planning

Office of Sustainability

Baltimore Food Policy Initiative


 

 

Administration

Jaime Cramer, Fiscal Officer

Jaime Cramer is the Fiscal Officer for the Department of Planning. She joined the department in 2012 and is responsible for managing the financial, accounting, and administrative activities of the department. Jaime has a B.S. in Business Administration and Finance from Towson University and is currently pursuing a Masters in Accounting and Financial Management. 

nordia   Nordia Malcolm, Human Resources Generalist

Nordia Malcolm is the Human Resources Generalist for the Department of Planning. Nordia oversees the departments HR related activities including: leading the department’s talent acquisition, classification and compensation, training and development, labor management, and payroll logistics. She has held various roles in Human Resources for over eight years in government and private settings and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Towson University and a Certification in Human Resources Management from Villanova University.

Tiffany Lowery, HR Assistant

Tiffany Lowery has worked for Baltimore City government for 20 years. She's been with the Department of Planning for 10 years working in the Administration Division.  She plays a significant role in the Administration Division and is the contact person for the Community Association Directory on the Department of Planning's website. She is a Baltimore native.


 

Equity, Engagement and Communications

Stephanie   Stephanie Smith, Assistant Director

Stephanie M. Smith is the Assistant Director for Equity, Engagement and Communications and a member of the Maryland Bar. She has spent the bulk of her professional career working to advance environmental health and justice through federal clean air policy. As a former congressional staffer, Stephanie worked on affordable housing and voting rights issues. Most recently, Stephanie served in the executive leadership of a professional association focused on higher education and public health. Stephanie is an active member of the Greater Baltimore Urban League and Greater Baltimore Leadership Association. Stephanie is a proud graduate of Hampton University (BA), University of Delaware (MA) and Howard University School of Law (JD). Stephanie is married to Calvin, a mother to Parker and a friend of Baltimore. She resides with her family in Baltimore City's Middle East community.

elina   Elina Bravve, City Planner

Elina Bravve joined the Department in January 2016. She is responsible for preparing Departmental communications deliverables, managing web and social media content, developing strategies for public engagement, and managing the Baltimore Planning Academy initiative. Prior to joining Baltimore City, Elina worked for over five years crunching numbers as a researcher for the National Low Income Housing Coalition, a national public policy non-profit. Elina earned a Master's in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


 

Comprehensive Planning

Sara   Sara Paranilam, Division Chief

Sara Paranilam has nearly twenty years of community and comprehensive planning experience.  As a veteran within the Planning Department, she has developed many neighborhood master plans and launched new planning programs.  She has also managed the City's billion dollar Capital Improvement Program.    

Kristen   Kristen Ahearn, Capital Improvement Program Planner

Kristen joined the Department in 2016. As the Capital Improvement Program Planner, she works with all city agencies to prepare the City's six-year Capital Improvement Program. Prior to working for Baltimore City, she worked for Johns Hopkins University's Center for Government Excellence and the Maryland Energy Administration. Outside of work, Kristen enjoys exploring Baltimore's neighborhoods on foot with her husband, daughter, and dog. 

James   James Ashford, Northwest District Planner

James Ashford is the Northwest District Planner and he coordinates efforts for the Pimlico Community Development Authority. Previously, James worked at HUD on innovative community revitalization initiatives, Choice Neighborhoods and HOPE VI. He speaks fluent Spanish and Portuguese and enjoys biking and walking to work. 

MC   Mary Colleen Buettner, INSPIRE Program Planner

Mary Colleen Buettner was born and raised in Baltimore City and is proud to still call herself a Baltimore City resident. Prior to working in the City Planning Department on the INSPIRE program, she worked with a various neighborhoods across the City on the Baltimore Red Line Project with the MTA, the City Department of Transportation Planning Department, as well as other nonprofit organizations. Mary Colleen enjoys exploring the hidden gems and uniqueness that each neighborhood offers, especially for their local eateries and recreation spaces.

brent   Brent Flickinger, Planning Supervisor, Southern District Planner

Brent has been doing community development work in the Baltimore area for 40 years as a planner, community organizer, Main Street director, directors of research and transportation programs, and organizational development consultant. Currently, Brent is a Comprehensive Planner for South and part of Southwest Baltimore City. He is also a songwriter who has recorded two albums and has written songs about Baltimore neighborhoods and sustainability issues. He enjoys yoga, meditation, and being a grandfather.

Chad   Chad Hayes, Western District Planner

Chad Hayes is the Western District Planner in the Comprehensive Planning Division. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Towson University and a Master's degree in City and Regional Planning from his beloved Morgan State University.  Chad found his calling in 2004 when he joined Belair-Edison Neighborhoods, an amazing non-profit community development organization in Northeast Baltimore.  After 10 wonderful years in Belair-Edison, Chad jumped at the opportunity to bring his passion for urban planning and community development to the Department of Planning where he proudly serves the 46 neighborhoods in the western planning district.

Reni   Reni Lawal, Northern District Planner

Reni is the Comprehensive Planner for the Northern District. She works with communities to help address a myriad of issues across the planning spectrum. It was during her senior year of college that she discovered her passion for community development and engagement. Through Public Allies, an AmeriCorps program, she was placed at Central Baltimore Partnership, beginning her career within her dream field. She also was involved in the development of the Southwest Partnership Vision Plan and organization development. She has a B.A. in Economics from Spelman College and is pursuing a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning. Reni is a proud Baltimorean who enjoys traveling and learning about different cities around the globe.

Kyle Picture   Kyle Leggs, Southwest District Planner

Kyle Leggs is the Comprehensive Planner for Southwest in the Comprehensive Planning Division who has worked for the Department of Planning for 21 years. Throughout his tenure, he has managed the capital budgeting process, represented the department in the areas of Transportation Planning, Emergency Preparedness, and has worked extensively over the years as a District Planner for Southwest Baltimore. He is also a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel and is the Director of Planning and Design to build the National Desert Storm War Memorial in Washington, D.C. He holds a M.S. in Transportation from Morgan State University, a B.S. in Social Science from Coppin State University, and is a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College. 

Jen   Jennifer Leonard, INSPIRE Program Manager

Jennifer has spent almost two decades working to ensure that communities around the country understand the opportunities, and have the tools they need, to transform vacant properties into assets. “Vacant Spaces into Vibrant Places” is the tagline of the national nonprofit organization she co-founded, prior to joining the Planning Department. The journey started by helping develop affordable housing with a CDC in Baltimore. Jennifer’s early work life at the Children’s Defense Fund catalyzed her commitment to being an active partner for positive change in communities. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a Master of City and Regional Planning. She enjoys exploring nature, photography, biking, yoga, and dogs. 

carmen   Carmen Morosan, Northeast District Planner

Originally from Romania, Carmen came to the United States to further her education. After graduating from Boston University with a Master’s degree in Urban Affairs, Carmen moved to Baltimore and worked for several nonprofits managing projects in the areas of transportation equity and environmental justice. Carmen has been working as a City Planner for the Baltimore City Planning Department  for over 10 years, most recently as the Northeast District Planner. Carmen enjoys traveling during her spare time. 

Marshella   Marshella Wallace, Eastern District Planner

Marshella was born in Philly, raised in DC (mostly) and is loving Baltimore. Marshella enjoys everything about the built environment and working to understand what it means to communities and how to jointly improve places.  Marshella's alma maters are the University of Virginia (Bachelor’s Degree - Urban and Environmental Planning); Cornell University (Master’s Degree -  City and Regional Planning); and Morgan State University (Master of Architecture). She enjoys museum strolling, photography, jazz and gardening.


 

Land Use & Urban Design

Eric   Eric Tiso, Division Chief

Eric Tiso joined the Department of Planning in 2000, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), the American Planning Association’s Professional Institute.  He has earned a Master of City Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography and Regional Planning from Salisbury State University.  Eric enjoys community service through a variety of organizations and outdoor recreation.

Anthony   Anthony Cataldo, Planning Supervisor, Senior Design Planner

Anthony's primary responsibilities within the Land Use and Urban Design Division of the Department of Planning include supervising the Design Planner and Subdivision staff, managing overall design review processes, implementation of the Zoning Code's Design Manual, managing Planned Unit Developments, representing the Department on issues relating to urban design and architecture, and coordinating the City's Urban Design and Architecture Advisory Panel.  His work often interfaces with the development community and community at large as it relates to new developments, large scale master planning, and small area plan designs.  He holds a Master of Architecture degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, is a Certified Planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners, and is a Board Member of the Neighborhood Design Center.

Matt   Matthew DeSantis, City Planner

Matthew joined the Department of Planning in 2016 and is a proud Baltimore City resident. He worked in local planning in South Florida after serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic. Currently, he manages the land subdivision process, coordinates bicycle-related issues, works to implement wireless telecommunications policy, and assists with various other land use matters. He holds a Master of Science degree in Urban and Regional Planning as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Florida State University (…go ‘Noles…) and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Martin French, City Planner

Martin French has worked for the Planning Department since 2004. After five years in the Research & Strategic Planning Division, where he was a contributor to LIVE EARN PLAY LEARN, the City’s Comprehensive Master Plan, he began working in the Land Use & Urban Design Division as the Department’s representative at zoning hearings.  Apart from this principal responsibility, Martin is part of the LUUD team advising developers and citizens about possible development or redevelopment and how zoning may shape outcomes of those ideas.  Before joining Planning, Martin worked for several decades in the subsidized housing field for the Housing Authority of Baltimore City and the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development.  His career started with a BA in Geography from the Johns Hopkins University.  A 45-year resident of the Baltimore area (20 of them in the City), Martin tends to his gardening in good weather and his coin collection in bad weather. 

Christina Hartsfield, Design and Downtown District Planner

Christina Hartsfield joined the Department of Planning in 2012 as a Design Planner with the Land Use and Urban Design Division.  She now has dual roles as a Design Planner and the Downtown Comprehensive Planner.  Her work focuses mainly on design review and development review of projects throughout the city, in addition to being the Department’s liaison to community stakeholders and planning initiatives downtown.  Christina holds Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Urban and Regional Planning  degrees from Virginia Tech. 

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ren   Renata Southard, Design Planner

Renata Southard is a Design Planner in the Land Use and Urban Design division. Ren spent several years in the private sector working as an architectural designer and project manager before joining the Department of Planning. Originally from Minneapolis, she lived in Detroit and Nashville before settling in Maryland in 2012.  Ren is a proud graduate of the University of Maryland and is the recipient of the Alpha Rho Chi Medal from UMD’s School of Architecture, where she obtained her Master of Architecture. Ren also holds a BA in Studio Art and a Certificate in Urban Design.  In addition to her work, Ren co-chairs AIA Baltimore’s Urban Design Committee, is a voting member of her neighborhood’s Zoning & Land Use Committee, and volunteers regularly with Neighborhood Design Center. She is happily married to her childhood sweetheart, Joe.

Tamara Woods, Planning, Redevelopment & Policy Administrator

Tamara Woods has been with the Department of Planning since 2002. As a Planning, Redevelopment and Policy Administrator she combines her expertise in land use planning and neighborhood planning to work primarily on land use policy initiatives and regulatory writing, such as working extensively on the zoning code rewrite.  In addition she focuses on project development and management of large scale or complex development efforts that are multi-phased and/or have high neighborhood transformation impacts. 


 

Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) 

Eric   Eric Holcomb, Division Chief/Director

Eric obtained a Liberal Arts degree from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and Master’s Degree in Preservation Studies at Boston University.  He worked for several remodeling and restoration companies as a tradesman until he joined the staff of the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) in 1994.  In 2004, the staff of CHAP merged with the Department of Planning.  In 2014, he became the Executive Director of CHAP and Division Chief where he has worked to further integrate and coordinate historic preservation into Planning activities.  He is the author of City As Suburb: A History of Northeast Baltimore Since 1660.   In 2016 he was awarded with the Mayor’s Medallion for Meritorious Service and in 2018 the Honorable mention for the 14th annual Richard A. Lidinsky, Sr. award for Excellence in Public Service.  He is married and has two boys, a one-eyed dog and a cat with a crooked tail.  

Caitlin   Caitlin Audette, Historic Preservation Planner

Caitlin is the CHAP Planner for the Mount Vernon and Seton Hill local historic districts and the Comprehensive Planner for the Central District. She also reviews historic tax credit applications and assists with the designation of new historic districts for the Historic Preservation Division. Prior to joining the city in 2014, Caitlin worked in the private sector in Washington, D.C. as a preservationist and historic tax credit consultant. In that role she explored many unique places including leading an architectural survey of the U.S. Capitol Building. Caitlin earned her bachelor and Master's degrees in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. A resident of the Lake Evesham neighborhood, Caitlin is an avid reader who enjoys exploring the city with her family.

Walter   Walter Gallas, Historic Preservation Planner

Walter Gallas joined the staff of CHAP, the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation with Baltimore City, in May 2016. Prior to this, he served as executive director of Louisiana Landmarks Society, a New Orleans-based historic preservation non-profit organization. He has worked for the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, D.C., New Orleans, and Philadelphia. In New Orleans, he headed the National Trust's Field Office after Hurricane Katrina, advocating for sound preservation policy in the midst of hurricane recovery. Gallas worked in New Orleans city government for the Historic District Landmarks Commission. He holds a planning degree from the University of New Orleans.

Eddie Leon, Historic Preservation Planner

Eddie has been with CHAP since 1994 and has functioned in every area of the Preservation Division for the past 25 years.   Originally, born in Lima, Peru,  he came and settled in the Greater Baltimore area since he was 2 years old.  He is primarily responsible for the oversight and permit review for more than half the designated properties and districts in the City.   Eddie is a  graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park with a degree in Architectural History.  He's worked on Underwater Archeaological projects in Israel and is currently on the board of directors for the Baltimore Courthouse and Law Museum Foundation.  Eddie is also on the board and a founding member of the Baltimore City Historical Society.   He enjoys traveling with his family and is an avid fan of Science Fiction genre. 

Stacy   Stacy Montgomery, Historic Preservation Planner

Stacy Montgomery has been working for the City of Baltimore as a Historic Preservation Planner for Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation since 2010. She is the administrator of the City's Historic Rehabilitation and Restoration Tax Credit, which encourages substantial rehabilitation of historic buildings throughout the City. Prior to joining the CHAP staff, Stacy worked as an architectural historian for a Cultural Resource Management firm documenting historic sites throughout Maryland and Virginia. Stacy holds a master's degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Maryland, College Park and a degree in History from Florida International University in Miami (Go Panthers!) 

Lauren   Lauren Schiszik, Historic Preservation Planner

Lauren is a preservation planner for several local historic districts and Baltimore City Landmarks, and coordinator for the landmark designation and monument restoration programs. Prior to joining the department in 2011, she was a public archaeologist and cultural resources planner in Anne Arundel County. Lauren is also an adjunct faculty member in the Historic Preservation graduate program at Goucher College and the Public History undergraduate program at Stevenson University, and serves on the Governor’s Commission on Maryland Military Monuments. She holds a Master of Historic Preservation degree from University of Maryland, College Park and a degree in Sociology/Anthropology from Earlham College. Outside of work, you can find this city resident in her garden or kitchen exploring new foodways, outdoors on a trail, or at an event in Baltimore's rich arts scene.  


 

Research & Strategic Planning

Jamie   Jamie Williams, City Planner Supervisor

Jamie manages web, IT, and data/mapping support for the Department as well as other City agencies.  She joined the Department of Planning in 2003.  In her spare time she enjoys the outdoors, traveling, and spending time with her family.

o'neill_headshot   Christian O'Neill, GIS Analyst 

Christian is a GIS Analyst who studied Geography and Geographic Information Systems at the University of Maryland, College Park where he graduated in 2016. Prior to working for the Planning Department, Christian has worked at Apple in San Jose, CA in a research and development capacity for their Maps app as well as having worked in real estate research. He also interned at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Response to Terrorism (START) housed at the University of Maryland. Outside of work Christian enjoys rooting for the Ravens, watching NBA basketball, playing music, and acting in local theatre.


 

Office of Sustainability

   Lisa McNeilly, Director

Lisa McNeilly has worked in the environmental field for over 20 years, with a record of embedding sustainability at all levels of diverse organizations. Prior to joining the Office of Sustainability, she advanced sustainable operations at UC Berkeley and Grand Canyon National Park, promoted climate change and energy policy in Washington, D.C., and researched food policy in West Africa. She holds a Master`s degree in Public Policy from Princeton and an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Davidson College.

abby-cocke   Abby Cocke, Environmental Planner

Abby Cocke joined the Baltimore Office of Sustainability in 2011.  Prior to that, she got a BA in Environmental Studies at UMBC, and worked for five years at the Parks & People Foundation, first as a Community Organizer, and then as the Manager of Community Greening Programs.  Her current work focuses on urban agriculture, green school initiatives, and brownfields.  She is an Ednor Gardens resident, and grew up in Baltimore County.  Her hobbies include biking, growing things, and local theater.

   Anne Draddy, Sustainability Coordinator

Anne Draddy has worked for Baltimore City government for 17 years. She jump-started the city’s TreeBaltimore campaign, where during her 2-year tenure, she formed close to 100 partnerships and facilitated the planting of 12,000 trees. Because of her work, Anne was named Best Do-Gooder by the Baltimore City Paper. Anne was an Energy Program Manager, managed the Jones Falls Trail, re-ignited the very-active Friends of Druid Hill Park and co-authored the book, Druid Hill Park the Historic Heart of Baltimore. Previous to joining the City, Anne was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Kingdom of Tonga.

Attila   Bruna Attila, Coastal Resources Planner

Bruna Attila is the Coastal Resources Planner for the Baltimore Office of Sustainability. Bruna is originally from Rio de Janeiro- Brazil and has been living in Baltimore since 2008. She coordinates the Critical Area Management Program, which manages the sustainable development of coastal areas of Baltimore City. Bruna is also involved with the implementation of the Maritime Master Plan. She has worked extensively in the environmental field and has performed watershed assessments for projects with national and international scopes. Bruna holds a Master of Environmental Science- Water Resources Management from Towson University, and a Master of Environmental Planning and Management from Johns Hopkins University. In her free time, she enjoys experimenting with exotic cuisines and traveling.

Aubrey Germ   Aubrey Germ, Climate and Resilience Planner

Aubrey Germ is the Climate and Resilience Planner for Baltimore’s Office of Sustainability. Her work entails developing, managing, and implementing a wide range of hazard mitigation, climate adaptation, and community resilience plans and projects. She hails from Cleveland, Ohio and holds a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and a BS in Environmental Health Sciences from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Go Heels!) where she was a Morehead-Cain Scholar. Her background includes serving as an Assistant Program Manager for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in both Tangier, Virginia and Baltimore and conducting independent research in sustainable development around the globe. In her spare time she enjoys knitting, pottery, swimming, SCUBA diving, yoga, exploring the city, and spending time outdoors.

amy-gilder-busatti   Amy Gilder Busatti, Environmental Planner and Landscape Architect

Amy Gilder-Busatti joined the Baltimore Office of Sustainability in 2010.  Amy’s primary areas of responsibility include coordinating the City’s Forest Conservation program and representing the Office of Sustainability on issues and initiatives related to water quality, greening, and urban design.  In her time with the Department she has also led the creation of the Baltimore Green Network Plan, coordinated the Critical Area Management Program, and developed the Baltimore Landscape Manual.   Before joining the Office of Sustainability, Amy worked as a landscape architect and planner with several Baltimore area architecture and engineering firms. She holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from Ball State University and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from Morgan State University.  Amy is also a licensed landscape architect in the state of Maryland.

NiaNia Jones, Youth Sustainability Coordinator

After a 7-year career in HR, Nia joined the Office of Sustainability team as a part of a career change and dedication to youth development in Baltimore. Nia is a graduate of Baltimore City College and Morgan State University. As the supervisor for the Office’s Youth Environmental Internship program, Nia hopes to lead by example and empower the group to meet their goals individually and collectively in order to shift the narrative regarding youth in Baltimore.

Jeff   Jeff LaNoue, Special Projects Planner

Jeff is developing and refining Baltimore Green Network projects to move them toward implementation.  Jeff has completed real estate, historic preservation, sustainability, and economic development projects over his career in the higher-education and non-profit sectors. Jeff has been a contributing writer for the American Public Transportation Association and Greater Greater Washington as well as other urban planning publications.  He holds an Economics degree from St. Mary's College of Maryland and a Master's in Community Planning from the University of Maryland-College Park. Jeff is a Baltimore native who loves outdoor recreation and exploring cities. 

DenzelDenzel Mitchell, Brownfields Greening Coordinator

Denzel Mitchell joined the staff of the Office of Sustainability in February of 2017 as the Brownfields Greening Coordinator. He is working on a year-long EPA grant. Denzel has a varied background as a teacher, food educator, and farmer. His commitment to environmental justice, food security and access brought him to greening work in Baltimore City. He graduated from Langston University and attended the University of Oklahoma for graduate school. He lives in Union Square with his wife and five children and their dog, Gracie.

AnikaAnika Richter, Green, Healthy, Smart Challenge Coordinator

Anika recently graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in Environmental Science and Policy and Cultural Anthropology. Anika is now excited to be to be back in Baltimore working to promote environmental education and environmental justice in her hometown through her work with the Office of Sustainability, Civic Works, and Baltimore City Public Schools.

KimKimberley M. Knox, Greening Coordinator

Kim is the Greening Coordinator for the Baltimore Green Network, so she works with residents to implement their vision in recreating vacant lots into community assets in their neighborhood in the Baltimore Green Network’s focus areas.   She has an extensive background in community outreach and engagement. Kim has worked in water conservation, renewable energy and energy conservation in San Francisco, Colorado and Maryland. Kim is the author/primary editor of several books on water conserving landscaping and other environmentally-related topics.  Kim has taught classes on fruit trees, best management practices for stormwater, and other similar topics.  Kim has also worked with volunteers to plant over 4,000 trees in Maryland. With a Masters in Public Administration, Kim is also a certified arborist and a Master Gardener. When she is not exploring beautiful Baltimore, she is putting her passport to good use by exploring the world.

Ava Ava Richardson, Technical Advisor for Food Matters

Ava Richardson is the Technical Advisor for the Food Matters program – an initiative supported by the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) with funding from the Rockefeller Foundation. Baltimore’s Food Matters program is leading city’s food waste and recovery efforts, serving as a convener, thought leader and implementer. As a public health professional, I maintain a keen focus on social justice in all of my work. Over the past decade, I have worked in private industry, academia and in the nonprofit sector to address disparities in health outcomes for marginalized populations. My work has primarily focused on food and nutrition policies and programming intended to move the needle on chronic disease outcomes. One of the cornerstones of my work has been applying community-based participatory approaches to the policy making process.

Victor   Victor Ukpolo, Jr., Floodplain Manager

Victor Ukpolo, Jr. is an experienced environmental professional and Certified Floodplain Manager at the Department of Planning. In this role, he manages Baltimore City’s participation in the National Flood Insurance Program. Additionally, Victor is the Community Rating System coordinator for the City of Baltimore. Previous to these roles, Victor worked for several years in the Washington DC Metropolitan area as a community organizer and environmental regulator. Raised in Charm City, it is no surprise that he earned a B.S. in Biology from Morgan State University. In 2010, he earned an M.S. in Environmental Science (Environmental Engineering option) from California State University, Los Angeles. His knowledge areas include: floodplain management, geographic information systems, geography, environmental engineering, data analysis, regulatory compliance, storm water science and law, solid waste/recycling, community relations, and public health (lead poisoning prevention).


 

Baltimore Food Policy Initiative

holly   Holly Freishtat, Food Policy Director

Holly Freishtat, Baltimore City’s first Food Policy Director, began her work with the City of Baltimore in 2010. Holly created the Baltimore Food Policy Initiative, an inter-governmental collaboration that aims to address food system policy. She has spent over two decades working on food issues in a variety of contexts; experiences that have provided her with an understanding of the food system from the perspective of a food policy strategist, nutritionist, educator and a grower. Holly has a Masters of Science from Tufts University in Applied Nutrition: Agriculture, Food and The Environment, a Bachelor of Science from University of Vermont in Nutrition and served as a Food and Society Policy Fellow in 2007-2009. She received the 2016 Medallion for Meritorious Service Award by former Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. Earlier in 2016, she was honored as one of Maryland Daily Record’s Top 100 women in Maryland. The Baltimore Food Policy Initiative was recognized internationally with the highest award for their implementation of the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact on World Food Day 2016.

sarah2new   Sarah Buzogany, Food Access Planner

Sarah Buzogany is the Food Resilience Planner for the Baltimore Food Policy Initiative. As part of an interagency team in city government, Sarah provides direct support to the Food Policy Director and applies her policy analysis and development skills to a wide range of topics including food environment mapping, food system resilience and emergency response, economic development, urban agriculture, farmers markets and CSAs, food recovery and more. Previously, Sarah has worked on sustainable agriculture policy at the state and national levels, managed a farmers market, and researched innovative farmer to consumer and nutrition education models. Sarah earned a Master’s in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition from Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and holds Bachelor’s degrees in Sustainable Agriculture and Spanish from the University of Kentucky.

Alice   Alice Huang, Food Access Planner

Alice Huang is the Food Access Planner with the Baltimore Food Policy Initiative. She works on good food procurement, provides technical assistance to small retailers on SNAP and WIC related issues and is responsible for coordinating Food PAC, and the Resident Food Advisors. Alice holds a Masters of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University and has experience in project management and health behavior research. In her spare time she loves baking, creating traditional Taiwanese dishes, and trying out new foods.