Chief of Strategic Alliances
Jim Smith joined the Administration of Mayor Catherine Pugh in December 2016. He serves as the Chief of Strategic Alliances. His portfolio includes economic development, the Baltimore Development Corporation, transportation, employment development, small, minority and women-owned business, and the Baltimore City Office of Information and Technology, among other responsibilities. Jim serves on numerous trustee boards including the University of Maryland Medical System, Shock Trauma, The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, St. Joseph’s Medical Center, and the Maryland Stadium Authority.
Prior to Baltimore City Government, Jim had a varied professional career, much of which has been in public service. He was a partner in his family’s law firm where he worked for 17 years after graduation from the University of Maryland Law School, served on the Baltimore County Council for seven years, and was appointed a judge on the Circuit Court for Baltimore County where is served for 16 years. He resigned from the bench in 2001 and was elected Baltimore County Executive and served two terms from 2002 until 2010. He was, thereafter, appointed Maryland’s Secretary of Transportation where he was responsible for all aspects of transportation until resigning in 2015. He joined Mayor Pugh in December of 2016.