10 BMC Board of Directors
Catherine Elizabeth Pugh was sworn in as the 50th Mayor of the City of Baltimore on December 6, 2016.
For more than 15 years, Mayor Pugh has been a public servant. She was elected to the Baltimore City Council in 1999, representing the 4th District. She was appointed to the Maryland House of Delegates, representing the 40th District in 2005, before running for the Maryland Senate in 2006. Her abilities to negotiate and her bipartisan approach catapulted her into various leadership positions, including serving as the Majority Leader.
Mayor Pugh is the visionary founder of the Baltimore Design School, a public school for sixth- through twelfth-graders. She is the founder of the Baltimore Running Festival, which is in its 18th year. She also has served on several boards, including the University of Maryland Medical Systems, the Council of State Governments, and as a former president of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.
Mayor Pugh is a successful businesswoman, serving as president of CEPugh and Company, a marketing and public relations firm. She has worked as a banker, business developer, author and poet, dean, editor and on-air on television and in radio.
Mayor Pugh holds a master’s degree in business administration from Morgan State University, and received economic development specialist qualification from the University of California.
John “Johnny O” Olszewski, Jr. was elected Baltimore County Executive in 2018. At age 23, he was first elected to the Maryland House of Delegates, representing District 6, a position he held for almost nine years.
Johnny is a lifelong Baltimore County resident who believes in the power of public service and giving back to a community that has done so much for him. He is a graduate of Sparrows Point High School, earned his undergraduate degree from Goucher College, a master’s degree from The George Washington University, and doctorate in public policy from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
In the legislature, Johnny served as the youngest chair of the Baltimore County House Delegation. In that capacity, he helped lead unprecedented progress for Baltimore County in areas such as economic development and school board reform. As a staunch advocate of working families, Johnny led the charge on earned sick leave, raising the minimum wage and offered a critical vote in securing marriage equality in Maryland. Johnny also served on the House Economic Matters Committee, Maryland’s P-20 Leadership Council, the Maryland Business Climate Workgroup and as chair of the Banking, Economic Development, Science, and Technology subcommittee.
Johnny lives in Dundalk with his wife, Marisa, and their daughter, Daria.
Stephen Wantz is in his first term as County Commissioner. He retired from Baltimore County after serving as a firefighter for 30 years. He is currently the owner and operator of Wantz Lawn Care. He attended McDaniel College and the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
Commissioner Wantz has received the “Firefighter of the Year” award three times – with the Dundalk Volunteer Fire Department in 1983, and again by the Pikesville Chamber of Commerce in 2003 and 2012. In addition, he has served as a member of the Pleasant Valley Community Volunteer Fire Department in many leadership roles, including chief, since 1976, and is the immediate past president of the Carroll County Volunteer Emergency Services Association.
Commissioner Wantz is an active member of the Crossroads Community Church. He and his wife, Kathy, have two daughters and three grandchildren, and live in Pleasant Valley.
District 1 stretches across northern Carroll County. It includes the towns of Manchester and Taneytown.
Throughout his 30 years in public service, Barry Glassman has been recognized for outstanding character, service and leadership. His record as a fiscal conservative includes promoting rural values and steadfast protection of Harford County’s land and water resources.
Barry has family roots in the county dating back to the 1800s. Raised on a small farm, and later graduated from Havre de Grace High School and Washington College.
Barry began elected public service in 1990, representing the northern district on the Harford County Council for two terms. In 1998, he was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates where he chaired the Harford Delegation for many years before being appointed to the Maryland Senate. Elected to the Maryland Senate in 2010, Barry served as Senate chair of the Harford Delegation, co-chair of the Legislative Fire and EMS Caucus and a member of the Senate Finance Committee.
As Harford’s seventh county executive, Barry was appointed by Gov. Larry Hogan to the Maryland Economic Development Corporation (MEDCO) Board of Directors, and also elected to the 2015 Board of Directors for the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo).
A longtime supporter of Harford County 4-H, Barry continues to raise a small flock of Katahdin sheep. He lives on a small farm in Darlington along with his wife Debi and their son.
Calvin Ball was elected Howard County Executive in 2018. Prior to his election, he served four terms as the District 2 Howard County Councilman. In 2006, he made Howard County history when he was elected the youngest chair. He has also served as chair of the Zoning Board and of the Board of License Commissioners. Calvin has been a champion for advancements in the county’s education system, protecting its natural resources, improving public safety and advocating for an inclusive and transparent government.
Calvin holds bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and religion from Towson University, a master’s degree in legal and ethical studies from the University of Baltimore, and a doctorate in education from Morgan State University. He also is a Howard County firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician.
While serving as a councilman, Calvin also served as director of Complete College Baltimore, an innovative program on student completion at Baltimore City Community College. Previously, he served as a supervisor in the State’s Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division, and as an educator at Towson University and the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He served as the first community organizer for Oakland Mills, facilitating neighborhood revitalization, and continues to champion the environment.
Calvin lives in Columbia with his two daughters, Alexis and Alyssa, and wife, Shani.
James J. Moran was elected to the Queen Anne’s County Board of Commissioners in November 2014 after being appointed to serve the remainder of a vacant 4-year term in December 2013. Moran served as the president of the Board of Commissioners for the 2017-2018 term.
Commissioner Moran served on the Task Force for Government Sustainability, the Economic Development Committee, and as vice chair of the Planning Commission before being appointed to County Commissioner.
Commissioner Moran was Born in Albany, Ga. and raised in Bowie. He is a military veteran, who joined the U.S. Marine Corps 35 years to the day after his father did so. There is nothing that shaped Commissioner Moran’s life – with regard to his resolve, determination and can-do attitude – more than the Marine Corps, his wife, and the birth of his children.
After the Marine Corps, Commissioner Moran attended Anne Arundel Community College and worked in the concrete construction industry. In 1987, he started his own construction business, which became Increte of Maryland, Inc. in 1991. He then started another business in 2007, Mid-Atlantic Pigments LLC, which supplies color used in concrete construction.
Steuart Pittman was elected Anne Arundel County Executive in 2018. He never intended to run for office, but acted when called upon to address the needs of Anne Arundel County’s communities and people. Steuart holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Chicago.
Compassion has always been a driving force behind Steuart’s work, whether directed toward people or animals. He has 33 years of experience managing nonprofit organizations and small businesses. Since 2010, he managed the Retired Racehorse Project, a nonprofit that promotes a market-based solution to the problem of where racehorses go after retirement. He also worked as a community organizer, empowering citizens to influence local government in Chicago and Des Moines, before returning to Anne Arundel County to work for the National Low-Income Housing Coalition and the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN).
Steuart was raised on a farm in Anne Arundel County, where he took over the farm’s hay production and became a nationally recognized trainer of horses. He lives in Davidsonville with his sons, Sam and Andy, and wife, Erin.
Bill Ferguson was elected to the Maryland State Senate in 2010, then becoming the youngest ever-elected State Senator in Maryland’s history. He is serving his second term, representing the 46th Legislative District, which is located entirely in Baltimore City.
A lifelong Maryland resident, Ferguson made Baltimore City his home when he joined Teach for America after graduating from Davidson College with a double-major in political science and economics. From 2005 to 2007, he taught U.S. history and U.S. government to ninth- and tenth-graders in one of Baltimore’s most challenged high schools.
The inequities of the public education system in Baltimore City led Ferguson to engage more deeply within the community outside of the schoolhouse. After teaching, he worked as a community liaison for the Baltimore City Council president’s office; earned a law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law; and served as the special assistant to Andres Alonso, CEO of the Baltimore City Public Schools.
Ferguson works as the director of Reform Initiatives at the Johns Hopkins School of Education in the Office of the Dean.
Steve Lafferty has served in the Maryland House of Delegates since 2007, and represents District 42A, which is located in the Towson area. He has worked to protect open space; improve and strengthen schools; and to involve citizens in local and state government decisions.
Lafferty is a member of the Environment and Transportation Committee (formerly Environmental Matters). He chairs the Subcommittee on Land Use and Ethics, and serves on the Environment Subcommittee. He is a respected leader on land use and Chesapeake Bay related issues. He also chairs the Baltimore County House delegation and the House Speaker’s Regional Revitalization Workgroup.
During his time in the legislature, Ferguson has been recognized as a Legislative Champion by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation; a Green Champion by the League of Conservation Voters; and a Municipal Super Star by the Maryland Municipal League. His leadership on environmental, housing and community issues has won him praise from teachers, community leaders and environmental advocates.
In 2016, Tom Sadowski became vice chancellor for Economic Development for the University System of Maryland. In this role, Sadowski enables the system to focus its expertise, programs, and resources on the state's economic development priorities.
Prior to joining the University System, Sadowski served as president and CEO of the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore (EAGB) from 2008 to 2016. There, Sadowski established the organization as a national leader in economic development, public-private partnerships and commercialization/innovation.
His career projects exceed $10 billion in value and 50,000 jobs – to include the 2005 BRAC win for Aberdeen Proving Ground and headquarters/R&D campus projects for numerous private sector and federal clients.