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Who We Are
Emily Breiter, Executive Director

Emily is a Baltimore area native who has previously worked for Downtown Partnership of Baltimore's Business Development Team. She is an avid volunteer with the Station North Tool Library and frequent supporter of the arts. She is currently the Director of Economic Development for Downtown Partnership where she oversees arts initiatives and the Bromo Arts District. When she isn't walking around Downtown, you can find her on a bike during Baltimore Bike Party on the last Friday of the month.

Board of Directors

​ Amy Cavanaugh Royce - Board Chair

Amy Cavanaugh has been a Baltimore city resident since 2004. She took her role as Executive Director at Maryland Art Place (MAP) in January 2012 steering MAP back to its original home, located within the Bromo Tower Arts and Entertainment District. Within her first years at MAP, Amy worked closely with the Board of Trustees, Staff and Program Advisory Committee to more broadly engage the Maryland statewide arts community, and to amplify the organization's program initiatives. 

Wendy Blair

In 1995, Ms. Blair established W. L. Blair Development, LLC, a real estate development and consulting firm, to pursue urban redevelopment opportunities, after a career of over 10 years experience in various real estate development capacities. In 2004, Ms. Blair joined with Kington Commercial to expand her practice in the area of real estate brokerage.

Jim French

Jim is the President of the French Development Company  and is responsible for the oversight of all real estate development projects. He has a firm understanding of project finance, capital budgeting, design, and planning for affordable housing and community facilities. Jim has a special interest in mixed income housing and sustainability initiatives. Many of his projects have included low income housing tax credits and he is seeking ways to finance projects that to lead greater regional equity in affordable housing.

Claudia Jolin

Vice President, Economic Development, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore.

Vincent M. Lancisi

Vincent Lancisi is the Founding Artistic Director of Everyman Theatre. 

Ron Legler

Ron is the President of Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center ‎and formally was president of the Florida Theatrical Association in Orlando and a former chairman of the Downtown Arts District there.

John McLean, Jr.

John McLean is the CFO, The Harbor Bank of Maryland. The bank conducts general banking business in seven branch locations and primarily serves the Baltimore, Maryland Metropolitan area.  The Bank also has a branch in Riverdale, Prince George’s County, Maryland.

Zachary Michel

Zachary Michel is the President and Co-founder of the Charm City Fringe Festival. A former and hopeful future musician and writer, Zachary is a veteran of theater and event productions in Baltimore and has worked professionally in marketing and brand strategy from both the agency and client sides since 2016. He is a regular volunteer at the Maryland Film Festival and when he isn't in or at the theater, you can often find him working his way across Baltimore by café.

Brian Oster

Brian is Principal and Office Director with Quinn Evans, Baltimore and is fascinated by the space between ideas and things.

Stu Sirota

Stu Sirota is the Assistant Vice President of Real Estate, Planning, and Space Management at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. 

Christen Taylor

Christen is a Baltimore born singer, songwriter, composer, and recording artist. She is also the Director of Sofar Sounds Baltimore.

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