Secretary of Housing & Community Development, 1998-2003
Deputy Secretary of Housing and Community Development, 1995-98
Deputy Secretary of Housing and Community Development, 1995 to December 17, 1998. Chair, Housing Finance Review Committee, 1995-98. Member, Partnership Policy Council on Block Grants, 1996-98; Commission to Review Landlord-Tenant Laws, 1998.
Secretary of Housing and Community Development, March 6, 2007 to August 31, 2014. Retired August 31, 2014. Acting Secretary of Housing and Community Development, February 12, 2007 to March 6, 2007. Co-Chair, Housing and Community Development Work Group, Governor-elect's Transition Team, 2006-07. Co-Chair, Maryland Home-Ownership Preservation Task Force, 2007. Chair, Task Force to Study the Feasibility of Developing Urban Senior Care Communities in Baltimore City, 2007-08. Member, Statewide Empowerment Zones for Seniors Commission, 2007-09. Chair, Community Legacy Board, 2007-10. Member, Task Force on the Future for Growth and Development in Maryland, 2007-10; Base Realignment and Closure Subcabinet, 2007-11.
Member, Governor's Executive Council, 2007-14; Smart Growth Subcabinet, 2007-14. Chair, Maryland Building Rehabilitation Code Advisory Council, 2007-14; Commission on Crossroads Development, 2007-14. Member, Maryland Affordable Housing Trust, 2007-14; Interagency Committee on Aging Services, 2007-14; Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Board, 2007-14; State Children's Environmental Health and Protection Advisory Council, 2007-14; Climate Change Commission, 2007-14; Interagency Disabilities Board, 2007-14; Maryland Green Building Council, 2007-14; Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, 2007-14; Maryland Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, 2007-14; Governor's Interagency Council on Homelessness, 2007-14; State Coordinating Committee for Human Services Transportation, 2007-14; Interdepartmental Advisory Committee for Minority Affairs, 2007-14; Rural Maryland Council, 2007-14; State Center Executive Committee, 2007-14. Member, Maryland Council for New Americans, 2008-10; Maryland State Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council, 2008-14; Small Business Task Force, 2009; Maryland Integrated Map Executive Committee, 2009-14; Maryland Green Jobs and Industry Task Force, 2010; Maryland Communities for a Lifetime Commission, 2010-11. Co-Chair, Maryland Foreclosure Task Force, 2011-12. Member, Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities, 2010-14; Governor's Commission on Small Business, 2010-14; Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission, 2010-14; Financial Education and Capability Commission, 2012-14; Task Force to Study Housing and Supportive Services for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth, 2013-14. Chair, Maryland Smart Growth Investment Fund Work Group, 2013-14.
Urban Planner, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 1972-74. Principal City Planner, Planning Department, Baltimore City, 1974-77. Chief, Area Planning Division, Office of Planning, District of Columbia, 1980-85 (chief, physical planning unit, 1977-79; special assistant to director, 1979-80).
Special Assistant to Deputy Mayor, District of Columbia, 1987.
Director, Department of Housing and Community Development, Prince George's County, 1990-95.
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 27, 1947. Pennsylvania State University, B.S. (engineering), 1969; University of Pennsylvania, M.C.P. (city planning), 1972. Harvard University (senior executive institute), 1984, 1997. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (minority developers executive program), 1989. President and Chief Executive Officer, The Skinner Group, 2003-07. President, R. A. Skinner Associates, 1985-86. Chief Executive Officer, East Baltimore Development Inc., 2015-. Maryland Public Policy Conflict Resolution Fellow, Center for Dispute Resolution, University of Maryland School of Law, 2013. Board of Directors, National Council of State Housing Agencies. Board of Trustess, National Housing Conference. Member, Council on Urban Economic Development (now International Economic Development Council); Council of State Community Development Agencies; National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials. Board of Directors, Progressive Life Center. Member, State Outreach Advisory Board, University of Pennsylvania. Lifetime Achievement Award, American Minority Contractors and Business Association, 2009. Hall of Fame, Maryland Economic Development Association, 2015. Married; two children.
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