Tell us about yourself.
I grew up in Baltimore (Roland Park neighborhood). Went to Calvert School and Gilman School and then away to Williams College. Graduated from Williams in 1991, and then went to New York City for five years and worked on Wall Street. I returned to Baltimore in 1996 to work in Mercantile Bank’s Investment & Wealth Management Division (formerly known as the Trust Department) as an Institutional Fixed Income analyst and then portfolio manager. I left in 2007 to start-up my own investment management firm, Skill Capital Management, which had its three-year anniversary in March.
I served on the GHCC’s Board of Directors for about five years and primarily helped with fundraising. In addition to being interested in helping Baltimore City neighborhoods, my wife and I like to help non-profit organizations (e.g. Children’s Scholarship Fund Baltimore, Teach for America, K.I.P.P, B.E.S.T. and Samuel Ready Scholarships, Inc.) that support children, especially with their education.
When did you first discover Greater Homewood Community Corporation? What prompted you to become a supporter of our work?
I believe that I learned about GHCC via a long-time family friend, Ann Clapp, who had been on the Board of GHCC. She put GHCC and me in touch, and after I learned more about GHCC I realized that it was an organization worth supporting.
Why do you believe that it is important for individuals to support nonprofits like GHCC?
I very much believe that individuals who are able to support non-profit organizations like GHCC should do so. The phrase “to those whom much is given, much is expected” would seem to be applicable to all or most of the families living in the GHCC neighborhoods of Roland Park, Homeland, and Guilford. And one measure of success can be how much a person helps other people. Plus helping less well off nearby neighborhoods has a positive effect on the above mentioned neighborhoods.
What do you love most about living in Greater Homewood?
I always knew that I would return to Baltimore and live here, near family and friends. I currently live about a 1/2 mile from where I grew-up, so I am solidly in GHCC’s footprint. I like being close to all that it has to offer while also enjoying the “green” neighborhood feel of Roland Park and Guilford; it’s a perfect mix of city living and country living.