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 has been an active member of the CCRA for several years including serving as a CCRA Board member since December of 2019 and as Vice President of the CCRA since the summer of 2020. Miji is the Managing Director of a regional fundraising and marketing consulting group and a university administrator.
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, John Czeczulin
John was born and raised in Baltimore before moving away for more than two decades. Returning to 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, and is the CCRA’s primary photographer/design artist. John has been instrumental in shaping CCRA’s visual brand.
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.
Brendan received a Master’s in Real Estate from Georgetown University and Bachelor’s in Real Estate & Economic Development from the University of Baltimore. Brendan is a founding Board member of the CCRA and has served as CCRA Treasurer since 2017.
Artist Pat Alexander revels in our culturally, architecturally, and ethnically rich area. She was thrilled to discover the City Center Residents Association, and shares its aspirations and concerns. Pat has lived in City Center since 1998, when she and artist Kevin Labadie bought a large brick row house in dire need of TLC. They have been working on it ever since.
Right here in our neighborhood, you can find Pat’s public art mosaic “Geometro,” installed above the tracks in the Metro’s Lexington Market Station. Among collaborations with writers and dancers, she developed the multi-media productions “Dear Mother” and “Meander” with Peabody Dance. Further afield, her work has been widely exhibited in the USA, Asia, and Europe. She is Professor Emeritus at the Maryland Institute College of Art.
Born and raised in Baltimore, Brad Byrnes and 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. Brad has served on the CCRA Board since December of 2018.
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.
Andrew Hinton is co-founder of GL Capital, a Baltimore-based real estate investment, development, and management company. Prior, Andrew earned a Master of Art in Design at Maryland Institute College of Art and Master of Business Administration at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.
Andrew is a proud resident of Baltimore’s City Center neighborhood and volunteers with the Center Club Young Members Committee, the Johns Hopkins University Master of Real Estate Program, and Global Leaders Foundation.
Franklin James (in memoriam)
Franklin James is a proud City Center resident and General Manager of the new Tru by Hilton hotel in Baltimore’s Harbor East neighborhood. Prior to taking on that role, Franklin was the Lifestyle Manager at City Center’s 414 Light Street apartments.
Mr. James passed away in January of 2021. The CCRA celebrates his many contributions to the Downtown community.
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 has served on CCRA’s Safety & Security Committee.
Kim Quinn is a former resident and entrepreneurial business owner in Baltimore’s City Center. After earning a degree from Syracuse University and a career in corporate marketing, Kim moved to Baltimore where she owned and operated Charles Street Barre (formerly Pop Physique) on Charles Street in City Center. She currently lives in Mount Vernon and is the Guest Relations Supervisor at the Hotel Indigo.
Kim served on the inaugural board of the City Center Residents Association and has been an ardent supporter of CCRA for many years. Kim’s passion for City Center living has brought her back to volunteer for another term as a Director.
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 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.
Wainie Youn is an avid community volunteer dedicated to leveraging her talents and gifts to impact social change. The Baltimore transplant volunteers with Greater Baltimore Leadership Association and the Greater Baltimore Urban League’s young professional auxiliary, where she serves as its current vice president.
Professionally, Wainie is the Director of Equity and Executive Office Operations at United Way of Central Maryland. There she heads equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives and serves as staff liaison for United Way’s Region United Network Advisory Boards of Baltimore City, Carroll County, and Howard County. The proud New England native earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in African American studies from Syracuse University and a Master’s in Sports Leadership from Northeastern University.
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