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Recent Additions Focused on Administration’s Key Priorities

County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced several key hires in a number of the administration’s priority areas. Roslyn Johnson has been nominated to serve as the Director of Recreation and Parks, Momen Abukhdeir is serving as the Chief Data and Performance Officer, D'Andrea Walker is the Deputy Director for Transportation, Jessie Bialek is the Bike and Pedestrian Coordinator, and Daniel Singh is the Senior Manager of Tourism and Cultural Arts.

“Building an innovative government that effectively serves all residents requires an exceptional team, and I’m thrilled that these talented individuals will bring their experience and expertise to work on behalf of our constituents,” Olszewski said. “Baltimore County is moving forward in big ways, and these individuals will play key roles in helping to carry out our vision."

Roslyn Johnson: Director of Recreation and Parks

Roslyn Johnson most recently served as the Deputy Director for Facility Operations at the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, and previously served as the Chief of the Commission’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Division. A Baltimore County native and graduate of Baltimore County Public Schools, Johnson has also held leadership positions in the parks and recreation departments in Richmond, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Baltimore City. She is a member of the National Recreation and Parks Association and the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, and has served on the Board of Directors for the National Recreation and Parks Association. Johnson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Senior Executives in State and Local Government certificate from the Harvard Kennedy School.

As the Director of Recreation and Parks, Johnson will oversee a vast network of parks, recreational facilities and recreational programs that serve the residents of Baltimore County. She will lead the department as it works to expand equitable access to recreational opportunities to every community in Baltimore County. Her nomination is subject to approval by the County Council.

Momen Abukhdeir: Chief Data and Performance Officer

Momen Abukhdeir most recently served in the Baltimore County Department of Public Works and as the Deputy Director for the Baltimore City Environmental Control Board. Previously, he served as the Deputy Director of the Mayor’s Office of CitiStat, the internationally recognized data and accountability office of Baltimore City. Momen earned a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

As Baltimore County’s first Chief Data and Performance Officer, Momen will lead the administration’s data-driven good government initiatives, including implementing Baltimore County’s first county-wide performance management program and developing an open data program—leading the County to become more transparent, data-driven and accountable.

D'Andrea Walker: Deputy Director of Transportation

D'Andrea Walker most recently served as Associate Director for Transportation at the Prince George's County Department of Public Works and Transportation, where she served as executive for all county transportation programs and was responsible for oversight of 100 fixed routes buses, and 52 paratransit buses. She has decades of transportation experience, holding senior roles with the Maryland Transit Administration, Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, the Maryland Department of Transportation, and the Maryland Department of General Services. Walker earned a Bachelor’s degree and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Morgan State University.

The Deputy Director for Transportation will coordinate Baltimore County’s transportation priorities, including developing, designing and implementing a comprehensive multi-modal transportation plan, with increased focus on transit, walkability and bike lanes. This position will report the Director of the Department of Public Works.

Jessie Bialek: Bike and Pedestrian Coordinator 

Bialek most recently served in the Baltimore County Department of Planning, and previously served as secretary to the County’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Commission. She earned a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree from UMBC.

The County’s first Bike and Pedestrian Coordinator will assist the growing Office of Transportation in the Department of Public Works in order to expand bicycle and pedestrian accessibility throughout Baltimore County.

Daniel Singh: Senior Manager of Tourism and Cultural Arts

Singh most recently served as Activation Manager at Montgomery Parks where he led efforts to re-invigorate parks’ usage in Montgomery County and developed creative place making projects to expand arts and entertainment attractions. Previously, he served as Executive Director of New Spire Arts overseeing the launch of the performing arts venue and the founding Artistic and Executive Director of the Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company. Singh earned a Bachelor’s degree from UMBC, a Master’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Georgetown University.

As Senior Manager of Tourism and Cultural Arts he will support efforts of Baltimore County’s Department of Economic and Workforce Development to expand Baltimore County’s emerging tourism industry as a fundamental pillar of economic development.


County Prepares to Launch OpenBaltCo as Phase I of Open Data Initiative

Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler is asking citizens what information and data they would like to see displayed in an easy-to-use format on the Baltimore County website at www.baltimorecountymd.gov. Effective immediately, County citizens may share their suggestions as to what data should be easily available on the County website by sending an email to transparency@baltimorecountymd.gov 

“Our staff will evaluate and discuss every single suggestion that is received,” said Mohler. “The time is long overdue for Baltimore County to become more open and transparent and move toward being a truly open government. Our team is creating the OpenBaltCo page on the County’s website that will be available by the end of the month. We will not wait until all of the data is compiled before starting this initiative. We will begin by displaying data that is complete and then look to expand that information as quickly as possible.”

Earlier this fall, Mohler initiated the first community survey of County citizens in a decade, and those results will be available in several weeks. OpenBaltCo is the first phase of the County’s full commitment to open data and community engagement. “Step one is to get a large amount of important information about government operations on the web and make it easily accessible to citizens,” said Mohler. “Step two will be to use that information in an interactive way to help people participate in a meaningful way in their government.”

“I am very pleased that County Executive Mohler is beginning the County’s transformation to engage the public in a meaningful way,” said County Executive Elect John Olszewski, Jr.  “This is a great first step, and I can’t wait to hit the ground running to build on this effort and truly become a more open, accessible, and transparent government.”

“I was very supportive of the community survey, and I am very supportive of this latest effort to engage our communities in their government,” said Baltimore County Council Chair Julian E. Jones, Jr.  “How can you improve if you don’t know what the people that you represent think?”


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017