Colin Tarbert is the president and CEO of the Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC), which serves as the economic development agency for Baltimore City. It is responsible for growing the city by retaining and attracting businesses, expanding job opportunities for city residents, and increasing investment in city neighborhoods.
Prior to his BDC appointment, Tarbert served in various leadership roles for nearly a decade at the Mayor’s Office of Baltimore City during three administrations, including the roles of Deputy Chief of Strategic Alliances and Deputy Mayor for Economic and Neighborhood Development.
In addition, Tarbert is active on numerous civic and non-profit boards, including chair of the Baltimore Hotel Corporation, chair of the Baltimore Public Markets Corporation and a member of the boards of the Neighborhood Impact Investment Fund and East Baltimore Development Inc. In 2013, Tarbert was named as a 40 under 40 honoree by the Baltimore Business Journal.
Previous to the role of president & CEO and his tenure in the Mayor’s Office, Tarbert was a senior economic development officer for BDC. Tarbert graduated with a B.S. in Architecture, summa cum laude, from the University of Maryland, where he subsequently earned his Master of Architecture degree.
A native of the Baltimore area, Tarbert lives in Baltimore City with his wife, Bonnie and their daughter.