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Cheryl Washington

East Baltimore Development Inc
President - CEO
Cheryl Washington is the President and Chief Executive Officer of East Baltimore Development, Inc. (EBDI), which is the non-profit 501(c)(3) organization charged with overseeing the $1.8 billion revitalization of an 88-acre portion of East Baltimore adjacent to Johns Hopkins medical campus. EBDI was established in 2002, by the Mayor and City Council, with the mission of positively transforming a targeted East Baltimore neighborhood by creating new and enhanced economic, housing, employment, business and human development opportunities for current and future residents.

As CEO, Ms. Washington has the primary responsibility of overseeing key members of the executive and senior management team on real estate, financial, operational, administrative, human resources, internal and external communications, and economic inclusion and workforce development policy matters. In addition, she serves as grants manager and liaison to funders and other stakeholders as it relates to grant applications, reporting, payments, and other matters that may arise; as well as the liaison to external stakeholder as it relates to communications, marketing and branding strategies and the planning of all events to be held in the EBDI project area.

Ms. Washington also managed the economic inclusion and workforce programming, policy development, and compliance monitoring for the urban renewal project. Under Ms. Washington’s leadership, EBDI has exceeded the majority of its goals related to minority, women and local business contracting and local hiring. Moreover, EBDI’s economic inclusion and workforce development model has been commended by Congressman Cummings as setting the pace for inclusion across the country. The model was endorsed by Governor Martin O’Malley and adopted by the State of Maryland to implement on the new Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Maryland Public Lab Building, which was built in the EBDI project area.
Ms. Washington received her Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law in 1996 and was admitted to the Maryland State Bar later that same year. She graduated magna cum laude from Norfolk State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications.

Ms. Washington currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the East Baltimore Community School Board where she is the current Chair of the Governance Committee. From 2011 through 2014, she was a Mayoral appointed member of the Governing Board for Baltimore City Head Start and served as Secretary and Chair of the Board during her tenure. Previous board service was with Outward Bound and Girl Scouts of Central Maryland. In 2013, Ms. Washington was honored to be a recipient of the Daily Record’s Top 100 Women of the Year Award. Ms. Washington was a member of the Class of 2000 Greater Baltimore Committee LEADERSHIP program and the Class of 2003 of Leadership Maryland. Ms. Washington has been a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. since 1992.