Baltimore (BBR) -  Power is a difficult concept to define. Power is that elusive combination of elements that allow an individual to achieve his or her goals despite obstacles. You need strength, leadership, vision, wherewithal, means, moxie, and desire to achieve your goals. It is important to note that power is not the same as influence - while not everyone who has influence has power, everyone who has power certainly has influence. The power game isn't a popularity contest; many of the people on our list can't be called warm and fuzzy.

There are no scientific factors used to create this ranking of the most powerful people in the Baltimore area, but it is based on reliable data and achievements. It's not something you can measure, like an election; it's based on perception and experience. The state of Maryland is once again governed by a single party, and the interim mayor of Baltimore leads a city (and government) with both promise and problems, and the Baltimore Old Guard is being gradually replaced by a younger power elite. This ranking is the way we see power in Baltimore right now.

What you're really asking is: Who's number one? Take a look below to find out.

 

1. Wes Moore 

Wes Moore, a combat veteran, bestselling author, small business owner, Rhodes Scholar and former CEO of one of the nation’s largest anti-poverty organizations, has devoted his life’s work to a basic principle: no matter your start in life, you deserve an equal opportunity to succeed – a job you can raise a family on, a future you can look forward to.

Wes is Maryland's first African American governor. He was born in Takoma Park, Maryland. He now leads the State of Maryland through a difficult financial period and has to deal with Baltimore's crime problem. Among Maryland politicians, Wes ranks number one in power base 

2. Ivan Bates 

Ivan Bates is a successful attorney, strong leader, respected community advocate and dedicated family man with more than 25 years of experience as both a prosecutor and defense attorney. An army veteran, he has 15 years of leadership experience and is committed to fighting on the front lines for fairness.  He has the knowledge and skills to win justice for all of Baltimore City as State’s Attorney.

3. J.P. Grant 

J.P. Grant was a big campaign donor to former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh and other politicians. Grant's generosity was well known as he helped bring the Grand Prix to Baltimore and made sure the city pools opened.

4. Joseph Haskins, Jr

Mr. Joseph Haskins, Jr. co-founded The Harbor Bank of Maryland in 1982 and is the longest-serving CEO of a Maryland Bank. Early in his career, he completed the Management Training Program at Chemical Bank in New York (now JP Morgan Chase).

5. Brandon Maurice Scott 

Mayor Brandon Maurice Scott has served as mayor of Baltimore, Maryland since 2020. The city of Baltimore uses a strong mayor-council structure for their government, meaning Scott holds strong mayoral powers. He is the former president of the Baltimore City Council and was a candidate for lieutenant governor of Maryland in 2018. He was also a representative for Baltimore's second district. On May 6, 2019, Scott was elected to replace Jack Young as council president after Young succeeded Mayor Catherine Pugh. In September 2019, Scott announced his candidacy for mayor and won the June 2020 Democratic primary. Scott won the November 3 general election and took office on December 8, 2020

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6. Marilyn Mosby 

  • Marilyn Mosby. Marilyn Mosby (née James; born January 22, 1980) is an American politician and lawyer who currently serves as the State's Attorney for Baltimore, Maryland, United States. She is currently the youngest chief prosecutor of any major American city.

7.David Bramble 

David Bramble An eager line of colleagues waited to greet P. David Bramble just after he broke ground on the $100 million Madison Park North project in August. Among them was a humble stranger who had journeyed across town in the summer heat to ask the co-founder of MCB Real Estate for a job.

 

8, Dr. Al Hathaway

Rev. Alvin C. Hathaway has stepped down from his role as pastor and community activist of West Baltimore's Union Baptist Church after 14 years at the helm. In addition to being a leading real estate developer in the state, Dr. Hathaway has an impeccable reputation. 

9.Alicia Wilson

Alicia Wilson is the vice president for economic development and community partnerships at the Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Health System. She leads a core team driving Johns Hopkins’ strategy and initiatives as an anchor institution in and around Baltimore, and elevating and expanding the institutions commitment to the city through investments in economic and neighborhood development, health care, and education.

Prior to joining Hopkins, she served as the senior vice president of impact investments and senior legal counsel for the Port Covington Development Team, where she was instrumental in securing a $660 million TIF for the $5.5 billion redevelopment. Wilson also held a partnership position at the law firm of Gordon Feinblatt for eight years

10. Kweisi Mfume

Kweisi Mfume  represents Maryland's 7th congressional district, first serving from 1987 to 1996 and again since 2020. His nickname is Kweisi Mfume (pronounced kwa-SE-see uum-FOO-may). Mfume left his seat to become president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) from 1996 to 2004. During the 2006 election, he ran for the seat being vacated by Paul Sarbanes, losing the Democratic primary to eventual winner Ben Cardin. The death of Elijah Cummings left Mfume's former House seat vacant in 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ivan Bates is a successful attorney, strong leader, respected community advocate and dedicated family man with more than 25 years of experience as both a prosecutor and defense attorney. An army veteran, he has 15 years of leadership experience and is committed to fighting on the front lines for fairness.  He has the knowledge and skills to win justice for all as the next Baltimore City State’s Attorney.

Ivan Bates is a successful attorney, strong leader, respected community advocate and dedicated family man with more than 25 years of experience as both a prosecutor and defense attorney. An army veteran, he has 15 years of leadership experience and is committed to fighting on the front lines for fairness.  He has the knowledge and skills to win justice for all as the next Baltimore City State’s Attorney. 

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