Interim President, William King
Bill King is a native Baltimorean and founder of the City Center Residents Association. Bill formed the CCRA in 2017, along with a cadre of fellow residents who expressed interest in getting more involved with improving the culture and character of Baltimore’s historic downtown core.
Bill is a graduate of Swarthmore College and Georgetown University Law Center. As a law student, he worked as a legal fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives, both in the Office of Congressman C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger and for Congressman Elijah E. Cummings’ Democratic committee staff on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (since renamed House Committee on Oversight and Reform).
Bill works as an attorney at Venable LLP. In addition to the CCRA Board, Bill has served on the Boards of Directors of the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, the Market Center Merchants Association, the Historic Charles Street Association, and Baltimore’s Community Law Center.
After exiting the CCRA in December of 2019 to focus on other pursuits, Bill was asked to rejoin the Board as interim president in the summer of 2020 to guide the organization through the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Vice President, Miji Bell
Miji Bell has been a resident of City Center since 2014. She is managing director of a fundraising and marketing consultancy that works closely with community development corporations, universities and NGOs. Prior, she led communications and public affairs for several national non-profit organizations in Baltimore and DC.
An active CCRA member, Miji also spends her time advocating in support of K-12 educational equality, affordable downtown housing, and efforts to curb child hunger. She’s a member of the Baltimore Center Club as well as an active volunteer with the World Trade Center Institute and her local faith community.
Secretary, Brad Byrnes
Born and raised in Baltimore, Brad & his family have been stakeholders in Baltimore City since 1981, owning, redeveloping and managing buildings on 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 Compass Point Research and Trading in D.C.
Brad is currently on the board of the Historic Charles Street Association and Executive Committee of the Charles Street Development Corporation as well as an active member of the Mount Vernon Belvedere Association and Downtown Partnership of Baltimore.
Treasurer, 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, serving as Treasurer.
Brendan received a Master’s in Real Estate from Georgetown University and Bachelor’s in Real Estate & Economic Development from the University of Baltimore.
Robin Ceasar is a fifteen-year resident of the Baltimore metropolitan area. She’s a Staff Engineer in the Aerospace and Defense industry specializing in military application radar.
Robin obtained a Bachelor of Science in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology and a Master of Science in Information Systems & Technology from Johns Hopkins University. She’s an avid STEM advocate & mentor who co-created a STEM based mentoring program at the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women (BLSYW). Robin has given back to the community with a focus in health, fitness, education, and STEM. She’s a community leadership board member of Baltimore City for The Y in Central Maryland and looks forward to helping enhance the quality of life for downtown area residents.
Mark Chaffer, an alumnus of UMBC and Technologist at T. Rowe Price, has lived in Baltimore City and County for over a decade. He spends his free time volunteering with community groups, providing financial coaching for undergraduates and working with adaptive athletes.
Mark is also an adaptive athlete, winning the America’s Strongest Disabled Man contest in 2018.
John was born and raised in Baltimore before moving away for more than two decades. Returning to the City Center in 2016, he’s resided at 10 Light for almost four years, works at T. Rowe Price in Information Technology, and has a Masters in both Database Administration and Project Management.
John volunteers with the Great Baltimore Oyster Partnership, teaches school children about the importance of Chesapeake Bay ecological conservation, serves on CCRA’s Communications Committee and as our primary photographer/design artist.
Marla Johnson resides at 10 Light and is a magistrate of Circuit Court for Baltimore City. She’s also a mentor to 5th grade students at Commodore John Rogers Elementary/Middle School, volunteers at the Harambee Center in West Baltimore and serves on CCRA’s Safety & Security Committee.
Meredith has been a resident at 414 Light Street since December 2018. For eight years prior, she lived in the nearby Ridgely’s Delight neighborhood.
Meredith is Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, with considerable experience developing public-private partnerships and fundraising. She volunteers at The City Ranch, Baltimore’s community horsemanship program.
Gerald (Matthew) Wong
Matthew has been a resident of the Baltimore City since October 2017. Originally from Singapore, he makes his home in downtown Baltimore by way of Kingston, Jamaica; Miami; Washington, DC; and Howard County.
Presently a Manager at WMATA, Matthew’s spent much of his career in technology management positions for Verizon, British Telecom, and AT&T. With undergraduate and graduate degrees in English Literature from St. Thomas University and University of Maryland, College Park respectively, Matthew received his MBA from Loyola University Maryland. His volunteer activities have included ESL classes at Howard Community College and various soup kitchens.
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