Today, Baltimore City Mayor Brandon M. Scott appointed Alice Kennedy as Commissioner for the City’s Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). Ms. Kennedy had been serving as Acting Commissioner since August of 2020. She will be charged with carrying out two of the Mayor’s priorities concerning equitable development and modernizing permitting systems.
In a press release, Mayor Scott praised Kennedy:
“I’m pleased to announce the selection of our new housing commissioner, Alice Kennedy,” said Mayor Brandon M. Scott. “I’ve come to rely on her expertise, community relationships, and genuine commitment to bringing the best out of Baltimore’s neighborhoods. She has my full support and confidence to achieve my vision for a more equitable Baltimore.”
Commissioner Kennedy holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Goucher College, and had previously held the role of Deputy Commissioner for Homeownership and Housing Preservation in DHCD. She has worked on a number of high profile projects and programs in Baltimore City, including the “City’s Weatherization Program, Lead Hazard Reduction Program, Office of Rehabilitation Services, Office of Homeownership, Tax Sale Prevention Coordinator, Summer Food Program, Baltimore Energy Challenge, and Baltimore Energy Initiative.”
According to the City’s Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Ted Carter, Kennedy’s hire follows a five-month long national search in which she “emerged as the strongest candidate from a compelling field.”