This week, I wanted to take a moment to introduce you to our Board Chairman Thurman Zollicoffer, Jr. Thurman has served on the EBDI board for 5 years, working with our former Chairs Doug Nelson and Joseph Haskins, Jr.
In this week’s video, Thurman gives his thoughts about our efforts, including his recent experience heading our Inclusion Subcommittee:
"You're going to see buildings like the one across the street - the Graduate Student Housing building – that are going to make a difference in Baltimore. But it's the singular stories… the story of each individual we impact… the people who now have careers, who have had the opportunity to turn their lives around and feed their families. And people who have found a new sense of pride, a new sense of self-achievement, who will take it to another level.
That type of experience can't be bought - it's going to be generational. It's going to unfold through the history of Baltimore for time to come. I'm just happy to be a part of it."
Our board is a mix of community leaders, government officials, philanthropic and institutional partners, and committed citizens like Thurman who donate their time to help revitalize, re-energize and rebuild our East Baltimore neighborhood.
Thurman sees reaching more families as our next step as the Henderson Hopkins School, shops and restaurants, and new homes near completion:
“Families – that’s the next stage. Getting the families that we need into this community. Building the fabric of the community. And I do believe that when the park across the street is done – with the soccer field, the walking paths, the running paths – you’re going to bring people out of their houses. You’re going to see a new communal effort that’s going to harken to the days past in Baltimore – where people knew their neighbors… when people invested in each other.”
We welcome Thurman as our Chair and look forward to his leadership in this remarkable undertaking. I also want to take a moment to thank all the residents who have shared their personal stories every week for more than a year – many of whom appear in this week’s video. Their insight and effort continue to inspire our work as we rebuild East Baltimore. Please take a few minutes to watch this week’s video.