Brenda McKenzie, who has served as a top economic development official of the Boston Redevelopment Authority since 2008, has been appointed the new president of the Baltimore Development Corporation. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced the appointment Nov. 19 at a 1 p.m. news conference. McKenzie brings to Baltimore 18 years of valuable community and economic development leadership in the public and private sectors.
She has quality experience in leading and developing collaborative plans and development strategies and has implemented complex and difficult community development initiatives in one of the largest cities in the United States – Chicago – and more recently in Boston, where the city’s size and urban development issues are similar to Baltimore.
As the senior economic development advisor to Boston’s mayor during the last five years, she has been responsible for implementing that city’s strategy for attracting investment, business expansion and real estate development. She has been particularly involved in growing entrepreneurial tech and industrial sectors while supporting core businesses in city neighborhood and the downtown business districts.
Prior to 2008, McKenzie was a senior manager at Starbucks Coffee for three years, where she facilitated store growth and worked with stakeholders and government officials on issues related to the company’s growth.
She also has 11 years of budget, management and development experience working for the city of Chicago, where she ultimately served as the deputy commissioner for that city’s Department of Planning and Development from 1998 to 2004, spearheading development and planning initiatives for the city’s neighborhood planning districts.
The GBC extends a warm welcome to McKenzie and looks forward to working with her as she focuses on strengthening Baltimore City’s competitiveness for business investment and expansion.