Black Women Take Key Roles in Baltimore City Government

By Megan Sayles, AFRO Business Writer,
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Recently, Mayor Brandon Scott chose two black women to take on critical roles in city government. Chichi Nyagah-Nash, who previously served as director of the Department of General Services (DGS), succeeded Daniel Ramos as the new deputy city administrator. Ebony Thompson, a native of Baltimore, has been chosen to become the new assistant city attorney for the Baltimore City Legal Department.

Both women said they were honored to have been chosen for these positions and look forward to working in the Scott administration.

“I want to merge my passions for law, real estate and finance to join the Scott administration in the fight against vacant housing, fair resource allocation and public safety,” said Ebony Thomspon. “I look forward to working with an administration that is committed to the growth and development of the City of Baltimore.”

Thompson, who attended law school at the University of Baltimore, most recently worked as a partner and attorney at Venable LLP, an American law firm headquartered in Washington, D.C.

While there, she worked in a variety of legal proceedings involving contract disputes, regulatory disputes, labor law, product liability claims, and other commercial matters. Thompson has practiced in state, federal and bankruptcy courts, representing domestic and international companies throughout litigation.

In his new role, Thompson will advise and advise the mayor, city council and city administrator, as well as department managers and staff. She will also assist City Solicitor James L. Shea in the operation and administration of the Legal Department.

Nyagah-Nash has held various positions in municipal government since 2012. She has served as Director of Special Projects in the Department of Housing and Community Development and Deputy Deputy Director in the Department of Human Resources.

Most recently, she was Director of DGS, which provides support services to municipal departments and town halls in the areas of fleet management, facility maintenance, capital construction and energy.

As Deputy City Administrator, Nyagah-Nash will help City Administrator Chris Shorter manage Baltimore’s day-to-day operations.

“The job of running a government is incredibly complicated, with an ever-increasing number of balls in the air at any given time as long-term strategic planning and complex day-to-day operations are carried out,” Chichi Nyagah said. – Nas. “Baltimore is fortunate to have accomplished and capable leaders in the Mayor’s office. I am very fortunate to be able to help them coordinate their work, break down barriers, and advocate for their needs so they can serve the residents of our city as best they can. »

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