Mission Statement

The City Center Residents Association (CCRA) serves and supports our neighborhood by building community among residents, engaging all stakeholders, advocating for residents, and promoting Baltimore’s City Center as a great place to live and locate businesses that meet our residents’ needs.

Vision Statement

Baltimore’s City Center is a vibrant, unique neighborhood where residents and businesses actively contribute to a clean, safe and inviting community, making City Center an attractive environment in which to invest, locate, and support social, cultural, commercial and recreational amenities.

Board of Directors

  • Bill King, President

Bill King is a native Baltimorean and founder of the City Center Residents Association. His primary interests are community building, infrastructure improvement, and public safety in and around Baltimore’s core.

Bill is an attorney at Venable LLP and a graduate of Swarthmore College and Georgetown University Law Center. While in law school, Bill worked for two of Baltimore’s representatives in Congress—Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and Congressman Elijah Cummings. In addition to the CCRA Board, Bill serves on the Boards of Baltimore’s Community Law Center and the Historic Charles Street Association.

  • Alexa Milanytch, Vice President

Alexa Milanytch serves as Director of Development for the Baltimore-based community medical center, Chase Brexton Health Care. In connection with that role, she also serves on the Boards of the Historic Charles Street Association and the Charles Street Development Corporation.

She’s worked in the nonprofit sector since 2004, serving as the Country Director of a children’s health organization in Europe and in the Peace Corps as a Fundraising Training Specialist in Ukraine. Alexa completed her M.P.A. at the Harvard Kennedy School in 2015. She is a founding Board member of the CCRA.

  • [Vacancy], Treasurer
  • Paul Sturm, Secretary

Paul Sturm has been an active City Center resident since coming to Baltimore eleven years ago. He’s one of CCRA’s founding board members and currently serves as Board Secretary. Paul has led three nonprofit organizations as executive director, advised social impact organizations throughout the United States, taught nonprofit management and civic leadership at three Baltimore universities, and facilitated several collaborative projects addressing key issues in urban communities.

Paul also serves on the Board of the Market Center Community Development Corporation and is an active member of his faith community. His education includes two degrees in Urban Studies and an M.P.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School.

  • Brad Byrnes, Business Representative

Brad Byrnes was born and raised in Baltimore. Members of the Byrnes family have been key stakeholders in Baltimore City since 1981 through Byrnes & Associates, Inc., owning, redeveloping and managing buildings from the 300-900 blocks of N. Charles Street as well as operating a commercial real estate brokerage and investment business for over 20 years. Prior to joining Byrnes & Associates, Inc. as a Principal in 2016, Brad spent 15 years at the Investment Banking firm Friedman, Billings and Ramsey and at Compass Point Research and Trading in Washington, D.C.

He is currently on the Board of the Historic Charles Street Association and Executive Committee of the Charles Street Development Corporation, and is an active member of the Mount Vernon Belvedere Association and Downtown Partnership of Baltimore.

  • Christian Amrod

Christian Amrod has a Bachelors Degree in business administration, a law degree, and an associates degree in real estate and property management. He spent 15 years in the hotel industry working as Director of the East Coast for Intercontinental Hotels, Director for Heritage Hotels in Northern California, and Director of Operations for The Phoenician Resort and The Crescent Hotel in Arizona. He also spent 15 years in the multi-family industry overseeing all the Palazzo Communities in Los Angeles, and has held various other director and management roles prior to accepting his current position as Director of 2 Hopkins Apartments.

  • Sue Carlin

Sue has worked in Downtown Baltimore since 1990 and has called various Baltimore neighborhoods home since 2013. She currently resides at the Residences at 300 St. Paul. A passionate advocate for urban issues, especially surrounding complete streets and better transit service, Sue has been an active contributor to MTA’s Bus Network Improvement Project (BNIP) and moderates a popular Facebook group “Where My Bus, Baltimore? A Transit Community”

Sue works as an Executive Administrator at Wexford Science & Technology, a Baltimore-based developer specializing in creating innovation & knowledge communities across the country.

  • Brendan Ferrara

Brendan Ferrara is Senior Analyst, Acquisitions & Asset Management at Kimco Realty Corporation, a real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in New Hyde Park, N.Y. He’s one of the City Center Residents Association’s founding board members and was the organization’s first treasurer.

Brendan received a Masters in Real Estate from Georgetown University and Bachelors in Real Estate & Economic Development from the University of Baltimore.

  • Rob Grisi

Rob Grisi has lived in City Center since 2017.  He works in the brand marketing department of Stanley Black & Decker as a Brand Manager. Rob graduated from Loyola University Maryland in 2016 and has a passion for Baltimore’s growing downtown core.

  • Marla Johnson

Marla Johnson has lived in City Center since 2017. She is a magistrate of Circuit Court for Baltimore City. Additionally, she is a mentor to 5th grade students at Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle School and volunteers at the Harambee Center in West Baltimore.

Marla has earned a B.A. in Politics & African American Studies from Princeton and a J.D. from the Duke University School of Law.

  • Jim Welkos

Jim resides at the 414 Water Street Condominiums, where he moved from Carroll County in 2014. He is a Division Director for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, a Federal Agency under Health and Human Services located in Woodlawn, Maryland. In addition, Jim is an Adjunct Faculty member at McDaniel College where he teaches Employment Law.