Mayor Brandon M. Scott Announces City Council Confirmation of the Chief Administrative Officer
Monday Mar 13th, 2023
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BALTIMORE, MD. (Monday, March 13, 2023) - Today, the City Council unanimously confirmed the appointment of Faith Leach to serve as Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Baltimore. In her role, Leach will manage the day-to-day operations of city government, ensuring the effective, efficient and equitable delivery of city services.
"Following a weekend of productive collaboration, I am proud to announce that Faith Leach is confirmed as Baltimore's Chief Administrative Officer. With her exceptional leadership skills and expertise, I am confident that she will be instrumental in propelling our City forward," said Mayor Brandon M. Scott. "Furthermore, I view her confirmation as a pivotal moment in forging a deeper partnership between my Administration and the City Council, paving the way for more fruitful collaboration in the future. I am eager to see what we can achieve together and the positive impact we can make for Baltimore."
Ms. Leach previously served as Deputy Mayor, overseeing agencies focused on quality-of-life issues such as Immigrant Affairs, LGBTQ Affairs, social services, Recreation and Parks, Homeless Services, Library Services, and the City's COVID-19 response. She briefly served as Interim Director of the Mayor's Office of Children and Family Success, where she led initiatives such as launching Baltimore's first guaranteed income pilot and overseeing the eviction prevention program.
"The citizens of Baltimore deserve a government that is coordinated, responsive and efficient. With the support of the City's nearly 13,000 employees, I look forward to delivering the citizens of Baltimore improved government services," said Chief Administrative Officer Faith Leach. "I want to thank the Council for their support, Mayor Scott for his leadership, but most importantly I want to thank the residents of Baltimore for believing that a City Administrator could make a difference in Baltimore City Government. Baltimore - you have my commitment to do all that I can, while I am in this role to set Baltimore on a path to become a top tier government that works for its citizens."
Ms. Leach also served as the Chief of Staff at JPMorgan Chase & Co. Foundation, overseeing the Foundation's $2 billion investment to strengthen workforce systems, revitalize neighborhoods, grow small businesses, and improve the financial health of vulnerable communities globally. She was also instrumental in the development of JPMorgan's $200 million commitment to address the COVID-19 pandemic and the $30 billion commitment to advance racial equity.
Ms. Leach has more than 16 years of experience working to address economic inequality and the racial wealth divide. Prior to her time at JPMorgan, she served as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity under Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, overseeing agencies critical to expanding economic opportunity in the District. She also worked in various government offices, including the Office of the State Superintendent of Education in Washington, D.C., the Office of Management and Budget in Mecklenburg County, NC, and the City of Durham's Office of Economic and Workforce Development.
"I am pleased that Mayor Scott and I worked together to reach an agreement on the confirmation of Faith Leach as our next City Administrator. With her extensive financial background and unwavering commitment to transparency and accountability, Faith is undoubtedly the best candidate for the job," said Council President Nick Mosby. "Her impeccable credentials speak volumes about her qualifications. As we move forward, it's crucial that we persist in setting aside our differences and focus on serving the best interests of the residents of Baltimore."