David L. Warnock
Camden Partners Holdings LLC
David L. Warnock learned about the cycle of drug use, violence and family deterioration in Baltimore the hard way when in the early 1990s a young kid he mentored for years grew distant, fell into his neighborhood’s unforgiving drug trade and shot another teenage boy.
Warnock committed himself to pursuing the kind of change that could prevent this from happening to other families.
In 2012, he founded The Warnock Foundation, an organization committed to Baltimore, its people and cultivating great ideas for the benefit of the city.
Warnock, who now serves as chairman of the organization, also co-founded Camden Partners Holdings LLC in 1995. Now a managing member, he has more than 25 years of investment experience and focuses on investments in the business and education sectors.
Camden Partners has made growth equity investment in more than 65 companies through five funds, including two notable Maryland companies: Towne Park, the nation’s largest valet parking company, and Calvert, stemming from a passion for the then-nonprofit organization during his time as Board chair.
Warnock previously served on the national board of the National Alliance to End Homelessness.
In 1999, Warnock became a trustee and board chairman of the Center for Urban Families, a workforce organization connecting Baltimore’s most disengaged citizens — black men — with their families, communities and employment. The founding of Green JobWorks, a staffing company whose social mission is to employ folks coming out of workforce development programs, came from Warnock’s work at CFUF.
He found a passion for improving education in Baltimore.
He served as board chairman of the Calvert Education Services, the nation’s largest nonsectarian homeschooling organization. In 2010, he co-founded Green Street Academy, a public middle and high school in Baltimore that teaches project based learning through the lens of sustainability.