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Joseph B. McNeely, Executive Director

Founding Executive Director of the Central Baltimore Partnership in 2006, Joseph McNeely is a nationally-known expert and consultant on community development and a veteran community organizer. He was formerly and simultaneously the Co-facilitator of the Weinberg Fellows program of the University of Baltimore’s Schaefer Center. Prior to his current assignment, Mr. McNeely was for 20 years the President of the national Development Training Institute (DTI), which national columnist Neal Peirce called “the country’s premier trainer of CDC (Community Development Corporation) leaders.” Earlier he was the founding executive of Baltimore’s South East Community Organization (SECO) and Southeast Community Development Corporation before serving at the national level in the Carter Administration. He is the author of Columbia University Press’ textbook, Community Economic Development in Social Work (2014).

Mr. McNeely, an attorney, lives in Baltimore, is the father of twin daughters and is married to Patricia Massey, a successful real estate developer in Baltimore City. He serves on numerous boards and committees in Baltimore and at the national level, and is a past President of the Citizens Planning and Housing Association (CPHA).  Joe can be reached at

Ashley Wallace, Director of Projects and Program Services

For the past five years, Ashley Wallace, Program Director & Community Planner, has managed major community planning aspects of the Homewood Community Partners Initiative (HCPI) agenda by advancing CBP’s major quality-of-life, transportation, TOD, and other commercial and housing initiatives in Central Baltimore. She received her graduate degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009, where she was a member of a multi-disciplinary academic research team consulting on community organizing, land use and wetland restoration planning in New Orleans, LA.

Prior to making Baltimore and CBP her home, she worked for the State of Wisconsin’s Comprehensive Planning Grant Program and a Midwest-based private planning firm, Crispell-Snyder, as their Planning Assistant and Interim Lead Community Planner. She earned an undergraduate degree in Peace, Conflict and Global Studies with a Community Organization concentration from Northland College. Ashley is a proud Greenmount West resident in Central Baltimore. She can be reached at

Amy J. Sauerwalt, Vice President, Strategic Resource Development,Central Baltimore Partnership

Amy Sauerwalt brings more than 20 years’ fundraising, event coordination and management experience to the Central Baltimore Partnership. Amy has a passion for mission-driven work and has been in non-profit her entire career, during which she has held public relations, development and leadership roles at national and local organizations in Philadelphia, Wilmington, DE, and Baltimore. Her career started with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and includes tenures at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the American Heart Association and most recently, at Paul’s Place, the Pigtown-based community outreach organization where she increased event revenue by 93%.

Amy brings a strong track record of success with corporate and strategic development to CBP, she looks forward to applying those skills to the challenge of working for an organization that has not previously employed a development professional. In her capacity as Vice President, Strategic Resource Development, she is eager to achieve new levels of growth for the organization.

A native Pennsylvanian, Amy is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Journalism/Public Relations. She is an avid Phillies fan, volunteers with PFLAG and is on the Board of Directors for the National Center for Transgender Equality.  She lives in Columbia, MD, with her 15 YO son and affectionate 80 lb. pit-mix rescue lap-dog, Storm. She can be reached at

Destiny Durso, Administrative Assistant

Destiny, a Baltimore native, comes to the Central Baltimore Partnership with an extensive background in Non-Profit Office Management and IT coordination experience from several local agencies.  Destiny manages the daily admnistrative tasks for the CBP staff and handles all scheduling requests for the Executive Director.  Destiny can be reached at

Eric Evans, Real Estate Consultant

Prior to founding Eric Evans & Company, LLC, Evans played a major role in one of the most significant urban development undertakings in the City of Baltimore.  Evans worked most recently with East Baltimore Development, Inc. (EBDI), where he project managed the development of the Bio-Tech Park at Johns Hopkins and served as the special assistant to the president and CEO.  Evans managed infrastructure improvements for an $800 million neighborhood redevelopment project which included approximately two million square feet of Life Sciences space and 1,200 new or renovated homes for mixed income buyers and renters.  Evans also coordinated the Planned Unit Development approval process, serving as the chief liaison between EBDI and community leaders, neighborhood organizations, and a variety of Baltimore City agencies.

Prior to joining EBDI, Evans advised multinational corporations on the federal tax consequences of international business activities for PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP.  Evans currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Midtown Development Corporation.

Evans received his BA from Brown University, a Juris Doctorate and MBA from Boston College, and was a fellow at the Center for Urban Redevelopment Excellence at the University of Pennsylvania.  Eric can be reached

Edward Weiss, Communications Manager

Between 1986-1996, while managing communications for market researcher Packaged Facts, Edward Weiss produced a PR-based newsletter, “Press news from Packaged Facts” that generated 700+ stories and was quoted by every major newspaper, business publication, and TV network in the U.S. He also served as an occasional spokesperson, including appearances on CNN and NBC. Weiss left to become an editorial freelancer (researcher, writer, editor, and occasional illustrator, designer, and web creator) and to pursue a career in art. His illustrated book Peter Pigeon of Snug Harbor won the 2006 COAHSI Award for Literary Excellence sponsored by JP Morgan Chase. In 2011, his public art project, The Forgotten History of Staten Island was awarded an Original Work Grant from N Y State. Weiss became CBP Communications Manager in April, 2014.  Since then,  his major accomplishment has been to provide the content (words and pictures) for this web site.  Ed can be reached at

Maria Garcia, Public Realm Project Manager

As the Public Realm Project Manager for CBP, Maria works on a variety of programs related to public spaces and transportation. Her projects include, among others, the Two-Way Study on St. Paul and Calvert Streets, North Avenue Streetscape, and Reconnecting Charles Street. Maria will also serve as the coordinator for the HCPI Community Spruce-Up Grants, sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University and the Baltimore Regional Neighborhoods Initiative through the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. Outside of CBP, Maria is an Urban Art Leadership Fellow with the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.

Originally from Colombia, Maria graduated from Johns Hopkins in December 2014 with a degree in International Studies and a minor in Economics. While an undergraduate, Maria interned at the International Rescue Committee and studied abroad in Paris at Sciences Po. In the summer of 2013, she received a research grant to travel to Copenhagen and conduct a comparative research project on policy and urban agriculture. Maria can be reached at

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