Joseph B. McNeely, Executive Director

Joe1Joe McNeely is a nationally known expert and consultant on community development and a veteran community organizer. He is currently the Co-facilitator of the Weinberg Fellows program of the University of Baltimore's Schaefer Center and 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 then 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."

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, Community Planner

Ashley WallaceAn Indiana native, Ashley moved to Baltimore in August 2009 to join the Central Baltimore Partnership team as their AmeriCorps*VISTA. She has earned a undergraduate degree in Peace, Conflict and Global Studies with a Community Organization concentration from Northland College. After graduation, she came to realize how interested she was in the health and functionality of communities, particularly at the local level. So, she enrolled at the University of Wisconsin- Madison and graduated in May 2009 with a Masters of Science in Urban and Regional Planning with a concentration in Land Use Planning and Community Development. Ashley has made Baltimore her new home and is very invested in revitalizing and supporting the Central Baltimore neighborhoods as CBP's community planner.  Ashley can be reached at

Kayafat "Reni" Lawal Community Asset Builder Public Ally

Central Baltimore Partnership is pleased to welcome back second year Public Ally, Kafayat "Reni" Lawal. Reni, a born and raised Baltimorian, has a B.A. in Economics from Spelman College and is excited to join the Central Baltimore Partnership to develop a further interest in community asset building and gain a new prospective on her hometown. Reni will be working with several communithy asscoiations and neighborhood group on capacity building and community engagement concerns. Reni 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 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